I sent an e mail out a minute ago.
"I don't know what is worse or happening faster"
Climate Change or Peak Oil
The Kyoto Treaty will go into effect on the 16th of Feb.
That is the good news.
The bad news is
it's not nearly enough.
Today's story in the Independent says it pretty well.
Apocalypse Now: how mankind is sleepwalking to the end of the Earth
Floods, storms and droughts. Melting Arctic ice, shrinking glaciers, oceans turning to acid. The world's top scientists warned last week that dangerous climate change is taking place today, not the day after tomorrow. You don't believe it? Then, says Geoffrey Lean, read this:
06 February 2005
Future historians, looking back from a much hotter and less hospitable world, are likely to play special attention to the first few weeks of 2005. As they puzzle over how a whole generation could have sleepwalked into disaster - destroying the climate that has allowed human civilisation to flourish over the past 11,000 years - they may well identify the past weeks as the time when the last alarms sounded.
Last week, 200 of the world's leading climate scientists - meeting at Tony Blair's request at the Met Office's new headquarters at Exeter - issued the most urgent warning to date that dangerous climate change is taking place, and that time is running out.
The alarms have been going off since the beginning of one of the warmest Januaries on record.
First, Dr Rajendra Pachauri - chairman of the official Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - told a UN conference in Mauritius that the pollution which causes global warming has reached "dangerous" levels.
Then the biggest-ever study of climate change, based at Oxford University, reported that it could prove to be twice as catastrophic as the IPCC's worst predictions. And an international task force - also reporting to Tony Blair, and co-chaired by his close ally, Stephen Byers - concluded that we could reach "the point of no return" in a decade
This is like one of those stupid disaster movies.
Christ! There is one.
It's called the Day after Tomorrow.
You know the basic story,
The hero can't get anyone to listen until it is too late.
Then the bad guys try to marginalize him.
Then things start to happen.
And the hero becomes the "go to guy".
But we don't have one disaster movie.
We have two.
Last week, James Woolsey, former CIA director and other neo con type groups had a teleconference:
NRDC and national security policy groups agree to join forces
January 27, 2005
EV World was invited to participate in a telephone press conference sponsored by the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), Center for Security Policy (CSP), Hudson Institute, National Defense Council Foundation (NDCF), and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).
The purpose of the conference was to announce the Natural Resources Defense Council's participation in an initiative by national security policy "Hawks" that calls on Congress to provide national leadership in reducing the nation's demand for oil by unleashing technology and innovation in the auto sector.
The security groups' plan, "Set America Free" , cites a "perfect storm" of geopolitical, economic, and environmental problems with continued high U.S. oil consumption, and recommends rapid development of hybrids and other available technologies, new fuels, and cars that can use them. The groups will put pressure on Congress to turn the plan into legislation.
Somebody else sees a Perfect Storm too.
Peak Oil is now everywhere.
And what is on the News?
We are talking Social Security because it will have shortfalls.
We are talking Super Bowl.
It was 24-21.
We are talking Iraq,
We're ahead 100,000 to 10,000.
but we are not talking about why we are there.
We are talking bad about Iran.
They have oil too.
Like most disaster movies,
this one will end with uplifting music,
and a bright clearing sky,
and a significantly reduced cast.