An Environmental Pearl (Harbor)

You’ve probably heard this news already.

But just in case you haven’t, here it is. Representatives of 192 nations are meeting in Hopenhagen … er, Copenhagen … this coming Monday (7 December 2009) to hammer out the terms of an international agreement, supplanting the Kyoto Protocol, to limit the world’s production of substances (carbon dioxide, to name one) linked to anthropogenic global warming (AGW, to use the alphabet-soup term).

As the pun implies, this meeting bears the burden of the wishful thinking of a whole lot of people. People who think that the meeting’s outcome will allow Us to continue more or less as we are, just with a whole pack of new machines.

People who fail to realize that it was machines, together with penicillin, that got us into this global warming mess in the first place.

But never mind the laws of thermodynamics. The folk in Copenhagen are representatives of the same politicians that We elected to fix the economy. The ones responsible for your unemployment benefits expiring, or terminating because of a (quote) computer glitch (unquote). The unemployment benefits that you won’t be using to buy any of those fancy new machines. How much can we really expect from these folk?

But never mind that either.

I just wish they’d chosen a different day for the meeting.

Yes. The Copenhagen meeting starts on the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, here in Hawai‘i.

So what happens if the Copenhagen Protocol actually does what is necessary to limit the progression of, and damage from, AGW? What if it does even a tenth of what is necessary?

What will be the response of the fossil fuel industry?

Keep in mind that the fossil fuel industry is already funding what’s been styled “the most vigorous and well-funded disinformation campaign against science ever conducted“. Including personal attacks on scientists based on stolen communications taken out of context.

If that’s what we’re getting now, what if the politicians start agreeing with the scientists? What less is on tap but all-out war? By the industry, and the shareholders in that industry, and the beneficiaries …

And in such a war, what side will all those Hopenhagen petition signers be taking? Remember, for the world to go back to the energy (measured as trash) levels of 1960, each of Us has to use one third less than we’re using today. And that’s not good enough to significantly derail AGW. Translation: park your car and throw away the keys. You won’t be using it. Thought I as I was stuck in Honolulu traffic on a typical Saturday morning.

I think you know which side the petitioners will be on as well as I do.

Hopenhagen doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell.

  – O Ceallaigh
Copyright © 2009 Felloffatruck Publications. All wrongs deplored.
All opinions are mine as a private citizen.


    • Gotta be careful ’bout them ambushes, Dawg. After all, Japanese Admiral Hara Tadaichi said of theirs, “We won a great tactical victory at Pearl Harbor and thereby lost the war.”

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