Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Let private sector fight climate change

By now I should be used to the Bush administration's mantra that the private sector can do absolutely everything better than the public sector, but sometimes their unmitigated gall still takes me breath away.
Speaking before the opening session [of the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate] in Sydney, Samuel Bodman, the US energy secretary, said it was better for industry to devise more efficient technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions rather than impose binding targets that hamper economic development.

"I believe that the people who run the private sector, who run these companies, they do have children, they do have grandchildren, they do live and breathe in the world," Mr Bodman declared.

"Those of us in government believe it is the job of government to create an environment such that the private sector can really do its work. It's really going to be the private sector, the companies ... that are ultimately going to be the solvers of this problem."

[SN: Well, that's certainly true, so long as these bozo's remain in control...]

The six participating states - who account for 45% of the world's population and nearly half of the world's greenhouse gas emissions - are expected to announce a series of measures aimed at developing cleaner technologies.

Among schemes under discussion will be "geosequestration", a process for capturing carbon dioxide and storing it underground, and "clean coal", a technology for treating fossil fuel so that it releases fewer harmful gases.

Expansion of civil nuclear programmes is advocated by the Americans. Australia is expected to announce a $100m (£43m) contribution to a new technology development fund.|Guardian|(emphasis added)
Unbelievable. I've mentioned this point before, but I think it bears repeating. For fundamentalist Christians like Dubya, this world is just a testing ground. To him, the Earth is utterly disposable. He can nuke it, pollute it, and defoliate it for his is the kingdom of heaven.

1 comment:

John said...

Well, that just got my day off to a great start! But I guess listening to Harold Pinter's Nobel Prize acceptance speech and then reading an article in an alternative weekly here about the selling and diverting of Great Lakes water to the southwest and other "water-starved" regions didn't help things.