Will someone please sort out the facts from the BS. If climate change is occurring – whether warming or cooling, it is not an issues reserved for international politicians to discuss, the media to sensationalize, scientists to hypothesize about, or business to find a solution to. All of these are good and useful things if the effort is pointing in a common direction at a known goal. Until that is adequately and definitively defined there will always be cross purposes in every decision made and article published on the matter.
I’m not looking for the official statement from the President, cause despite his Nobel Peace Prize, he seems to be facing the same information/directional issues on the matter as the rest of us. Rather than arguing whether or not it might be cooling or warming, there are some simple suggestions that are conveniently being ignored.
Fossil Fuels reserves are limited. We will not run out today or in the next couple of years, but at some point in the future it will be more difficult, energy intensive and costly to extract this energy. A global plan to reduce reliance on fossil fuels would go a long way to solving many of the problems we face from pollution in cities, the carbon intensity of our transportation system, to the technological challenges we face in trying to replace these fuels.
The precautionary principle is often held as an ideal, but rarely used in political decision making. The might be a good place to test it out. Likewise, ideas such as the Natural Step can inform and direct policy and systemic change at all levels of government and corporations.
It is time to stop talking about whether or not global warming is happening and start acting on the best information we have available today. If that changes in a couple of years time, we change the plan. I learnt long ago that the best laid plans go to crap in the first minute of battle. But it doesn’t stop you planning – or going to battle.
Posted for Blog Action Day – October 15, 2009