Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Paradigms of Fear

This interesting piece was published today by Professor Philip Stott about an eminent Japanese scientist who has brazenly come out against the politics of global warming. To quote Professor Kunihiko Takeda:

“Fear is a very efficient weapon: It produces the desired effect without much waste. Global warming has nothing to do with how much CO2 is produced or what we do here on Earth. For millions of years, solar activity has been controlling temperatures on Earth and even now, the sun controls how high the mercury goes. CO2 emissions make absolutely no difference one way or another. Soon it will cool down anyhow, once again, regardless of what we do. Every scientist knows this, but it doesn’t pay to say so. What makes a whole lot of economic and political sense is to blame global warming on humans and create laws that keep the status quo and prevent up-and-coming nations from developing. Global warming, as a political vehicle, keeps Europeans in the driver’s seat and developing nations walking barefoot.”

I've repeated the quote for two reasons. First, it needs to gain as wide an exposure as possible. Second, the reference to keeping Europeans in the driver's seat is aimed fair and square at the inter-nation carbon offsetting schemes that I've mentioned in previous posts. As one who works in Africa it is only too clear to me that the developing world doesn't care about global warming until its leaders are seduced into the cash-for-carbon deals. Once they jump on the bandwagon it's downhill from there on.