May 4, 2011
One hates to kick an adversary when he's down. Especially down from his own candid assessment.
But George Monbiot, the lefty at Britain's leftiest newspaper is doing a little soul searching:
Let's face it: none of our environmental fixes break the planet-wrecking project
Did I mention that Monbiot was not a big liberty advocate? The autocratic paternalism is stunning. But move beyond that and appreciate the honesty of the piece. Even if two guys are willing to tell the entire United Kingdom what they may manufacture and purchase, it still doesn't work! None of their plans do any good!
Then, an admission that none of my Facebook Friends will make (well, except for Brother jg):
The problem we face is not that we have too little fossil fuel, but too much. As oil declines, economies will switch to tar sands, shale gas and coal; as accessible coal declines, they'll switch to ultra-deep reserves (using underground gasification to exploit them) and methane clathrates. The same probably applies to almost all minerals: we will find them, but exploiting them will mean trashing an ever greater proportion of the world's surface. We have enough non-renewable resources of all kinds to complete our wreckage of renewable resources: forests, soil, fish, freshwater, benign weather. Collapse will come one day, but not before we have pulled everything down with us.
None of their predictions have come true, none of their plans offer any long term help, and even were this not the case, nobody wants them anyway.
Honesty. Candor. Kick.
Hat-tip: Walter Russell Mead
UPDATE: In completely and totally unrelated news, the BBC reports "Six Scottish windfarms were paid up to £300,000 to stop producing energy, it has emerged."Environment Posted by John Kranz at May 4, 2011 10:45 AM