Thursday, January 11, 2007

Bruces response is even more interesting>>

*Thanks for writing in, Michael Heap. That was interesting. I usedto have Texan relatives out in the Gulf. Digging up all that oil therest of us are burning now.*

When it comes to inherently global problems like global warming, it'scomical to watch regional players fingerpointing at everybody else. What, like this tiny chip called Dubai caused the North Pole to melt? The amount of stuff we've already spewed scarcely compares to theamount of stuff we're likely to spew. Everybody lives in a glassgreenhouse on this issue. The only ones even close to a right tofingerpoint are the Danes and maybe the Swedes.The Arabs would stop burning oil in a hurry if the Iranians were kindenough to nuke the straits of Hormuz.

"Oh look! The Arabs got allgreen! They stopped shipping oil completely!" Would we be thrilledwith the Arabs all of a sudden? Would we be backpatting them forsparing the world emissions by refusing to sell us any? I don't thinkso.

Suppose we didn't have a smokestack problem. Suppose we had a sewageproblem, instead. Suppose we were wading around knee-deep in rawsewage. Would we then argue: "Oh wow, the Second World is making moresewage than us. Their sewage rates are growing faster than our sewagerates"? What's the upshot of this kind of beggar-your-neighborargumentation?

If the seas rise, Dubai is sunk. Dubai is on the coast. Checkout these dikes they had built. It won't be fun to be a rich Arab in aclimate crisis. It's no fun to be a rich Arab right now.


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