Propping up a failed model

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Propping up a failed model

Postby jim_lewis1 on Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:56 am

The answer to failing global economies, already operating at unsustainable levels of resource consumption is more resource consumption, according to latest news from China!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16134365
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Re: Propping up a failed model

Postby jim_lewis1 on Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:07 am

While evidence of over-exploitation of China's own natural resources appears. Chinese fishermen violently asserting a right to fish in foreign waters.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16134647
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Re: Propping up a failed model

Postby Andrea on Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:02 pm

I subscribe to the 'Daly News' (http://dalynews.org/learn/blog/). The headline of the latest entry sums up the situation perfectly:

GROWTH AND FREE TRADE: BRAIN-DEAD DOGMAS STILL KICKING HARD
esse sequitur operari
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Re: Propping up a failed model

Postby jim_lewis1 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:38 pm

This item seems to be very much in that vein. Having effectively vetoed any real action by the UNFCCC the US now has the audacity to claim leadership on an important climate change issue.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/scien ... evelopment

Yet another smokescreen in the issue of carbon reduction?

This one appears to be driving for a reduction in the use of traditional renewable energy sources in the developing world. At a guess they're probably promoting electricity for all while such electricity is essentially 100% derived from fossil fuels!
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Re: Propping up a failed model

Postby jim_lewis1 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:41 pm

I should just top reading this stuff, WTF is wrong with these people???

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/us/ac ... evelopment
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Re: Propping up a failed model

Postby rutty on Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:33 am

jim_lewis1 wrote:I should just top reading this stuff, WTF is wrong with these people???

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/us/ac ... evelopment


Maybe they prefer the end times?
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Re: Propping up a failed model

Postby Andrea on Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:24 pm

jim_lewis1 wrote:Having effectively vetoed any real action by the UNFCCC the US now has the audacity to claim leadership on an important climate change issue.


Interesting to see how the US is, on the one hand, proposing that developing countries should cut their soot emissions, while the Obama administration is delaying legislation to reduce its own:

After pushing through some of the most sweeping and contentious environmental measures in years, the Obama administration has slowed action on several policies as it calculates what it should undertake before the end of the term.

Rules aimed at curbing emissions from cars and light trucks are on hold ......

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ ... story.html


It's sobering to read what Thomas Homer Dixon, one the most articulate complexity/systems thinkers alive today, has to say about all this rearranging deck chairs while the ship sinks:

The whole climate-change negotiation process and the larger political discourse surrounding this horrible problem is a drawn-out and elaborate exercise in lying—to each other, to ourselves, and especially to our children. And the lies are starting to corrupt our civilization from inside out.

The climate negotiators lie to each other and the world when they claim the world can still limit the planet’s warming to two degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average, the point at which many experts believe the risks from climate change rise sharply.

It’s a lie because we’ve already experienced 0.8 degrees warming, and we’ve got at least another 0.6 degrees on the way due to carbon already in the atmosphere. Given that global carbon dioxide emissions of about 35 billion tons each year are now growing at an average of 3 percent a year—which means they’re doubling every twenty three years—it’s virtually certain we’re going to use up the remaining 0.6 degrees of leeway. In fact, the emerging consensus among climate experts is that we’ll be lucky to limit warming to 4 degrees.

India, China, and Brazil lie to their own citizens when they claim that by blocking a climate deal they’re protecting the opportunity for their economies to develop. “Am I to write a blank check and sign away the livelihoods and sustainability of 1.2 billion Indians?” asked India’s environment minister, Jananthi Natarajan.

But this choice is patently false, as senior officials of these countries surely know. It’s not a choice between a climate-change deal and economic development; it’s really a choice of both or neither. If we don’t reduce carbon emissions, the impacts of climate change will eventually devastate the economies of poor countries. Repeated failures of monsoons in India and China or the desiccation of the Amazon basin in Brazil will drive a stake through these countries’ economies. Dealing with climate change is a prerequisite for prosperity this century—for all people on this planet.

http://www.homerdixon.com/2011/12/12/cl ... in-deceit/
esse sequitur operari
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Re: Propping up a failed model

Postby casmille on Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:10 am

There was a little girl who was praying in her bedroom. When her grandfather passed by, he tried to listen while she was praying. But all he heard was "A, B, C, D, E, F..." through the whole alphabet. The girl recited it over and over again so the grandfather said, "Hey kid, what are you doing?" The granddaughter said, "I'm praying." So he said, "What kind of prayer is that?" And the girl said, "Well, I tried to pray to God, but I don't know what to say to Him. So I gave Him the whole alphabet, and He can put it together Himself."
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