Re: Surprise: North Korea is part of the Kyoto Protocol!
- From: "JoeSpareBedroom" <newstrash@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:20:38 -0400
"TibetanMonkey, the-Monkey-with-the-Bag-of-Shit" <nolionnoproblem@xxxxxxxxx>
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On Apr 28, 10:07 am, Xan Du <xan...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 4/28/2010 12:48 PM, TibetanMonkey, the-Monkey-with-the-Bag-of-Shit
What's dooming the West is NOT the rational mind of the scientists,
but the reckless abandon of those who ignore the warnings of science
and keep driving an SUV in "automatic pilot." Eastern philosophies are
more spiritual in that sense, but don't have the power to stop Western
materialism (see China& India).
I don't have much faith in China or India being any friendlier to the
environment than the West. China is gearing up to produce automobiles
for the export market, borrowing heavily from Japanese production and
design techniques. The Economist expects Chinese automobile factories
to be as state of the art as the product they eventually produce, and
therefore quite competitive. The US will of course slap heavy tariffs
on them to keep the UAW campaign dollars flowing into their election
I'm too lazy to find the Economist article, but here's a recent blurb on
the Chinese auto industry:
Now, to its credit, the Chinese have been making noises about becoming
more "green" in their own domestic energy production, but I suspect that
this is more political than practical -- BP and ExxonMobil have been
hyping their renewable energy research for years, but have made very
little progress in my estimation. The simple fact is, fossil fuels are
too cheap and too readily available at the moment to make it
economically viable for emerging economies like China, or struggling 1st
World economies like the US, to abandon any time in the near future.
This is why Kyoto is moribund, and why the Copenhagen AGW summit
accomplished all but nothing. My opinion is that climate engineering is
going to be the most overall cost-effective means to combat climate
change. It has a strong backing by some climate scientists, but is
politically very unpopular on the left -- unrealistically so, I might
IMHO, that is. I am still learning.
Now, who are those who ignore scientists if not the Christian sheep? I
just want to meet a man who believes in science that denies what
science is projecting into the future. I haven't met many.
The both get my...
Excellent find sir, excellent. If God exists, may he bless the
Well, this question of climate engineering got the monkey curious and
here's some article on the subject...
My wise opinion? I believe before it comes to that we should start
with the common sense approach: bicycles, public transportation,
bullet trains... I believe in science, but science fiction is beyond
my simian brain.
You mention China & India, but Japan didn't go that way. I think the
Japanese are smarter, except for making SUVs for America. My sources
tell me cyclists ride on sidewalks though, and that's very
uncivilized. But their approach to public transportation is first
class. I don't think they want to be B-I-G like America.
I love my bicycle, but the only way they'll ever become a major player in
the transportation game is:
A) Make bike lanes which cannot be entered by cars unless the car somehow
becomes airborne. Painted lines are a silly idea.
B) Put most automobile drivers to death, or otherwise prevent them from ever
operating a motor vehicle.
Until that happens, I'd never use a bike as a daily method of travel. The
more you do it, the greater the chances of being mowed down by an
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