~e; Re: shift in .us energy policy: Monday NYtimes article
human being <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mon, 3 Jun 2002 08:21:00 -0500
[apologies for multiple copies. this is from the design-list]
>let's hope , finally . not too late but ....
>full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/03/science/03CLIM.html
from the NYTimes: "The new document, "U.S. Climate Action Report
2002," strongly concludes that no matter what is done to cut
emissions in the future, nothing can be done about the environmental
consequences of several decades' worth of carbon dioxide and other
heat-trapping gases already in the atmosphere."
awoke to what is, for a novice such as myself, a surprising
conclusion of climate-change being a non-issue/non-starter,
and the 'concession', if it might be described as such, is
divided in a categorical confusion, where 'environmental
damage' can be billions if not trillions of US dollars and
yet is not seen to have any relation to the future health
of the economic nor social systems. if not mistaken, the
'dust bowl' in the 1920s+ .US Great Depression also had
with it a dust-bowl in the agricultural sector.
if this data were taken in relation to other sectors, not
the economics of industries as they are idealized to be, but
in complex systems and their interrelated contexts and eco-
systems, relating one industry to another in a chain of co-
development- then this is beyond a dangerous 'dead-ender'
of a policy, to limit it to environmental factors (as no-
thing can be done to change it). if nothing is done to change,
there will be little of the automobile or energy industries,
as they may be uneconomical where .US society would fall deep
into a short-sited chasm which ruins the industrial base to
keep a few people happy in the short term: "no pain, no gain."
this is unbelievable. should not have even imagined that it
was/is possible, but for the .US administration to not deal
with this is an affront to citizens and communities and also
businesses at large. i.e. there is no way this position will
fly given the givens. this is now well-beyond the absurd.
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