Who gives a stuff about Climate Change any more??!

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This is a very sobering article, published in the FT magazine this weekend. The writer’s premise is simple: who really gives a XXXX about climate change anymore? This really is a good question because – as Simon Kuper points out in his article – the subject does seem to have dropped off the radar over the past year.

Sure, there is still the internet chatter (of which this blog is obviously included!) and POTUS still believes in it as well! But for everybody else, it seems to have gone off the boil. Now, we have the economy, the Middle East, terrorism and goodness knows what else to worry about. As Kuper also points out, there seems to be a growing consensus in the West that there is little we can now do to prevent it (those who believe in Climate Change, of course!) The jury remains out on what the effects will be. He states that no-one has been able to predict for definite what will happen in future (although I thought James Lovelock had a fairly shrewd idea!)

The other pessimistic thing is that the West will probably shrug its shoulders and say ‘Ah well, we’ve got the money to combat it so it won’t effect us that much. It’ll only be countries like Bangladesh that’ll get the brunt of it – not our problem!’ Very charitable! However, might not our ‘wealth’ take a nosedive in future years if the Peak Oil problem is proved to be correct and seriously harm our own prospects for economic growth?

Maybe. But then again, another work has come out recently to suggest that this theory is actually flawed and there are, in fact, vast and continuing reserves of oil and other fossil fuels that we can draw on for the quite foreseeable future. So that’s okay then (well, not really: if it means mankind is still able to continue with its emission habit in the long term then we really are in trouble – not that Peak Oil would really offset Climate Change anyway as the damage has already been done!)

If you’d like check out both these articles, then click on the links below. One might make you feel better. The other? Well, who really cares!

Climate Change: who cares anymore? by Simon Kuper

There will be Oil by Daniel Yergin


About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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3 Responses to Who gives a stuff about Climate Change any more??!

  1. Pingback: A response to Daniel Yergin… | DRAGON LINE by Owen Law

  2. Richard Welch says:

    Hey, all fads die, and the man-made warming theory is dying for good reason. People are realizing that Earth’s climate has always been erratic, never more so than during the Pleistocene era. Both the historic record and geopulsation theory indicate that we are reaching the peak of the present interglacial warm period (see Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009). This of course will be followed by another glacial episode, as has always been the case for the past couple million years. In short, things are proceeding exactly as should be expected. Long term, prepare for a massive intrusion of Canadians into Dixie.

    • Admin says:

      Apparently, according to an article I was alerted about today, more Europeans are worried about Climate Change than the current economic crisis. I’ll be featuring it into today’s post later on! regards Owen Law

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