On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 08:57:59PM +1300, LizR wrote:
> I'm not completely sure why this is "why nothing will be done about climate
> change". For one thing, some things are already being done about it - the
> rise in emissions dropped in 2012 (not wonderful, I know, but some
> improvement). Interesting article, though. An even stronger case for
> thorium reactors, if one is needed.

Not having RTFA, I may be getting the wrong end of the stick here, but
I would say, of course something will be done about climate change.

The real question is when, and what.

That's what differentiates conservatives from progressives.

Long ago, I thought the when would actually be when the last drop of
oil was squeezed out of the ground, or maybe later when the last seam
of coal was unearthed. Consequently, the what will be whatever changes
are required to survive in the changed world.

More recently, I've become more optimistic that renewable energy
technology will economically displace fossil fuel technologies within
a few decades. This will limit the amount of "what" we have to do to
adapt to the new world.

It despairs me to see politicians deny that there is a problem at all
(such as our new PM, although his rhetoric is now changing :). That
is approaching the problem with the eyes shut.

ISTM, we have long since passed the stage when we could have prevented
climate from changing at all...


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