from: Tommy Wils <REDACTED>
subject: Re: [ITRDBFOR] should we, as a discipline, respond to Climate Audit
I think that we (as a discipline) are facing 2 problems: the ignoring
(McIntyre c.s.) and the panicking (Guardian, etc.) sides. I think we face
the problem of uncertainty, which can be used by everybody in the way they
want. The balance from the perspective of our discipline is that there is
evidence that human-induced global warming is going on. However there is
- We cannot stop carbon emissions at once. We would induce a global civil
war far worse than global warming itself.
- Reducing carbon emissions from just the climate change point of view is
living in a non-real world: there is more. Fossil fuels are getting scarcer
and thus more expensive. If we do not start changing our energy regime NOW,
we will run into economical problems from shortage of fuels next
tosuspected global warming.
- Replacing fossil fuels by agriculturally produced oils will endanger food
security in the world, we have to search for real alternatives.
- Cars driving on electricity will save the cities from pollution.
- Politicians like Al Gore are abusing the fear for global warming to get
into power (while having a huge carbon footprint himself), as Bush abused
the fear for muslim terrorism to attack Iraq and Afghanistan. Fear is far
more dangerous than the fact itself!
- American and European need for oil leads to imperialism and subsequent
resistence (terrorism as they call it). Changing this dependence is crucial
for world peace.
- Climate is a naturally varying system: what would we do if global warming
was natural? It would be still as dangerous...
- The UK raised taxes on flights, e.g.