by William Teach | June 12, 2015 7:15 am
George Monbiot is one of the more rabid members of the Cult of Climastrology, but, today, he writes something that offers a sense of sanity
Stop using China as an excuse for inaction on climate change
Invoking Yellow Peril tropes over China’s carbon footprint fails to recognise the fact its energy use is tied to our consumption, the country’s coal demand is dropping and Chinese people care more about climate than we do
China is the world’s excuse for cruelty and barbarism. If we don’t behave atrociously, politicians and columnists assure us, China will, so we had better do it first, before we are outcompeted.
You want holidays, collective bargaining rights and fair conditions in the workplace? Forget it. When Chinese workers have none, such fripperies would “hamper British/US/Australian/Canadian industry”, making it uncompetitive. (snip)
You want your rivers, air and wildlife protected? What planet are you on? China, we are told, doesn’t give a damn for such luxuries, with the result that if we don’t abandon our own regulations, it will take over the world.
On no topic are these claims made more often than on climate change. What is the point of limiting our greenhouse gas emissions, a thousand bloggers (and a fair few politicians) insist, if China is building a new power station every two weeks (or days or minutes or whatever the latest hyperbole suggests)? Taking action on climate change is useless and stupid in the face of the Chinese threat.
He’s making a good case for action despite China. Certainly, we work hard for clean air, water, and land despite the horrendous environmental issues in China. But, here’s the thing, let’s take this “we can act on “climate change” despite China” to its logical conclusion: members of the Cult of Climastrology can act within their own lives despite others not following those beliefs. There’s no need for draconian rules, regulations, and laws, when Warmists can easily put their beliefs in practice, giving up the use of fossil fuels, only buying local, forgoing the use of hair dryers and ice makers, turning the heat down to 55 and keeping the AC at 85. Take two minute showers, only use 2 sheets of TP. Install solar panels on their domiciles, unplug all appliances not in use (vampire energy). Go completely carbon neutral.
Warmists are always talking about the need to act “collectively”, for everyone to be forced to be involved. By saying we should ignore China, this means that Warmists should act on their own for the betterment of the planet!
There is no scope for moral superiority in the climate talks, least of all a moral superiority based on unfounded national stereotypes. Collectively, we are wrecking the delicate atmospheric balance that has allowed human civilisation to flourish. Collectively, we have to sort this out. And it will happen only by taking responsibility for our impacts, rather than by blaming other nations for what we don’t want to do.
And, the notion of the collective rears its ugly head in the last paragraph. What George really wants are those same draconian laws, rules, and regs, based on CoC talking points, to be passed and implemented by the British government, and, presumably, other nation’s governments, despite China, to force us all to live the life espoused in Warmist talking points.
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