Climate change nonsense

July 9, 2009

That got your attention.

There’s a lot of nonsense about climate change. Things we have to do, to save the planet. But the things that we have to do don’t make a lot of sense, at least to me.

I’m sure climate change is happening. I don’t know whether its man made or not and neither do you. But although it matters whether we should invent technology to deal with the inevitable or to mitigate the preventable, I’m all for reducing our emissions anyway. And even, EVEN, up for recycling.

But I was in spar today, and on the til tickertape it came up as charging me for ‘Save the Planet – 2p’. My second thought was – is that all it cost? My first thought was surely the UN should be paying for that. Obviously it was for a plastic bag, although noone warned me and it took me a minute there.

Lets leave aside the fact that the shop is forcing its politics on its customers right there.
I think plastic bags are probably the most worthy thing to recycle. Why are we not taking it seriously though? You don’t just solve the problem by making money and doing nothing with it. How many people really bring their own bags to these shops, solely because of the 2p, as a fraction of the population, really?

I would understand completely if I was able to bring bags in en masse at 6 in the morning before the shop is proper open or just before it closes and get 2p (or 5p, or 10p in other shops) for them, each. Then I wouldn’t be so cynical about it. And I would be 99% efficient too.

But its not just this! Stick with me here.
The things we are recycling are renewable. We’re recycling paper, which comes from trees I think. We’re recycling glass, which comes from sand. We could do this with 100% efficiency and convince ourselves we are saving the planet but we are not reducing our emissions one iota, not even a tiny little bit of a bit. We’re just handing out 2ps to each other as though the environment was a collection tin. We collect. We might feel good about ourselves right now but when will we take climate change seriously?

Why is it almost everything we actually do, which is not much, to save the environment, happens to come down to giving companies things for free? They probably charge us more to sell them back to us. I wistfully remember bringing my irn-bru bottles back to the shop for 20p. If I didn’t have sensitive teeth I’d be rolling in it. But we’re just being played.

Instead we should recycle biological waste (of all types) as fuel and deploy carbon capture along every motorway. Maybe we should consider firing sulpher into the atmosphere and pass legislation for weather control. At the very least we should recycle technology. Its totally uncomfortable to think about it, but much of our current recycling efforts are are placebos. Half of the save the whale crew aren’t doing anything materially different from anyone else regards saving the human.

Opposition to nuclear power from the SNP and the dark-green lobby is utterly nonsensical, environmentally speaking. Imagine we never had nuclear power. What if someone came along with a way of actually producing power with no emissions instead of burning the planet? Wouldn’t you take it?
Yes theres a chance of a different kind of disaster from a failed computer system or human error or lax standards but its not a given. The chance of disaster is the price we pay for using so much energy.

We should also subsidise inter-city train travel and all get electric cars (Which fantastically the Government will help you with if you scrap your old car – great deal!). Electric cars will make saving the environment cool again, they’re way cooler than hemp. Unless they have some ridiculous offer whereby for every electric car you buy, you get to sponsor a tree for free, with regular letters, updates, visitation and hugging rights.

But anyway, I’m rooked, so please stop charging me 1-10p per bag! I don’t need to be forced into saving the planet I already read the Guardian. . . isn’t that enough????


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