Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Global Warming: The wrong debate

The media only has room for one thought at a time.

At the moment that thought is climate change. The fact that the planet is becoming warmer is indisputable. Virtually every credible expert believes that the cause is greenhouse gas emissions. The CEO of Exxon funds Potemkin 'research' institutes to dispute the claim. The media portrays Global Warming as a debate.

In the process the media pays almost no attention to its major concern in the 1970s and 1980s: that oil supplies are finite and at some point recoverable reserves will have been exhausted. Even if new reserves are found the increased demand for energy means that if current trends continue it is a question of when not if supply fails to meet demand.

We have to move away from fossil fuels regardless. So why have the wrong debate? We do not need to debate the need for change we need to debate what changes are to be made.

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