Enviromental questions makes me want to tear my hair out and hope I won’t live to see what happens. For now, it only makes me realize even more that the best thing I can do for this planet is to never have children.
Well, at least it says China aims to lower its energy consumption by 20% in five years. That has to be of some help.
The solution is not to forego having children, but for a select few to mate atop unshielded nuclear reactors and thereby produce monsters of unspeakable horror who will bring destruction to modern civilization.
We need to lose a few billion people. It shouldn’t be too hard. We die pretty easily and nature has plenty of tools up its sleaves. Starvation, disease, earthquakes, floods, tsunamies. It’s sadly the only way the exploitation is likely to stop anytime soon. We’re not going to give away any resources here in the industrialised world and the newly industralised world and the developing world are certainly not going to skimp on growth.
To mate atop unshielded nuclear reactors? Hell, for humanity, no, for you GAP I’ll do it. I’m proud to have met you.
*marches to unshielded nuclear reactor.
Anyway I highly doubt China will cut back 20%. Their GNP is rising roughly 10% each year and even though their factories are mostly labor intense they still consume more and more raw materials and fuel. Apart from them the more developed a country is, the more it’s usually polluting. Not to mention that the Tokyo protocol (which is supposedly outdated by now) wasn’t signed by the US which accounted for 25% of the pollution.
Yay granny You also got to give your politicians to understand that “Your policiez suxx0rz and you lose v0t0rz”. Living environmentally friendly is no good if a new factory surplusses all your efforts. Greece is 17th in the list of shame (energy footprint/person) and environmental policies are at the bottom of the list. Still these things seem a “far off concern” because you just can’t beat human stupidity -or people really love Do androids dream of electric sheep?, one of the two.