other people should stop global warming

8 12 2009

This week there’s a global warming summit in Copenhagen, but it sounds like the participants aren’t being very environmentally-friendly.  Supposedly there have been over 1200 limousines rented and there are over 140 private jets coming in (which is more than the airport can handle).

The managing director of Copenhagen’s biggest limousine company said, “We thought they were not going to have many cars, due to it being a climate convention.”  That’s good reasoning, but it wasn’t true.  In fact, the demand is way beyond expectations.  She also said, “We haven’t got enough limos in the country to fulfill the demand.  We’re having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden.”  So not only are that many fuel-inefficient limos being used, but they are driving some in from other countries.   Of all those, five are electric cars, and none are hybrids.

I heard someone estimate that this conference overall is spewing about 41,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of 30 smaller countries of the world combined.  It seems unnecessary.

I realize many of the people have to fly there — if everyone has to attend the conference in person.  You’d think with all the technology available that at least some of the countries could rent out various movie theaters and setup video-conferencing.  I know, people want to be there, but with that many people, there’s going to be limited amounts of speaking for everyone anyway, which could be accomplished online (and actually enforced better).

As you know there’s a huge debate going on about whether global warming is mostly man-made, and some scientists say it’s already beyond worst-case scenario.  Even many of our politicians talk about how serious it is.  Yet there remains a lot of doubt.  I heard someone sum up their position on it by saying, “I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who say it’s a crisis behave as though it were a crisis.”  That says a lot.  And bringing over 20,000 to one place just to discuss something, when they’ve acknowledged that nothing substantial will happen here, says a lot, too.

On a related side note, some people at the EPA are considering a declaration that carbon dioxide (CO2) is a dangerous pollutant.   But they shouldn’t get too hasty on that, because as you probably know, CO2 is what we breathe out.  If we legislate it as a dangerous pollutant, then by exhaling you are poisoning people.   Are we going to have to buy carbon credits to legally breathe?  (I’m half-joking on that, yet making a point.)

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