All pain, no gain

8 05 2008

Terry Dunleavy runs some figures that New Zealand government should’ve calculated and made available to public scrutiny before commiting the whole nation to Kyoto ptotocol:

The rate of increase in atmospheric CO2 has been about 1.5 parts per million (ppm) per year over the past 15 years. New Zealand produces about 0.2 per cent of the world’s man-made production of CO2. Even if NZ totally eliminated CO2 emissions, the difference would be to reduce the annual rate of increase in the atmosphere by 0.2 per cent of 1.5ppm, equalling 0.003ppm which equals 3 parts per billion. This of course is a far lower amount than can even be detected.

Are we seriously going to shatter our economy, restrict ourselves to a fragile electricity system, cost every family in the land $1000 to $1500 per year in electricity expenses alone, seriously damage our agriculture industry, etc. by trying to reduce New Zealand’s minuscule CO2 contribution?

But it’s worse than that. The Government’s stated goal is to reduce our CO2 emissions by 20 per cent . So if we were to succeed in this, and thereby reduce New Zealand’s 3 parts per billion contribution to 20 per cent of this figure, the reduction in global CO2 arising from our action would amount to 0.6 parts per billion per year.

To put it simply, NZ’s government is pissing away taxpayer dollars for no measurable benefit whatsoever. Such position cannot be sustained by reason. But guess what? Global Warming is a moral challenge and therefore logic and reason are not welcome. Only denialists, evil capitalist and oil industry stooges use reason and logic, while enlightened individuals should cheer loudly upon whatever absurdity is committed for the “good cause”. For such enlightened folks no amount of money is large enough not to be waisted on making themselves feel like responsible world citizens. New Zealanders are lucky that they are still wealthy enough to be able to afford to be stupid. But how long can their wealth be maintained in a society hell-bent on throwing money away.

via Tim Blair

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