John Edwards today asked Americans to give up their SUVs in order to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection. While I hate the cretins who drive Hummers as well, the cars are only a small part of the problem.
One of the most signficant problems is coal-powered powerplants, especially in the developing world.
The ubiquitous reduction of green politics to ethical consumerism means we'd probably rather carry on talking about cars, thermostats and lightbulbs. Faced with a resurgence that spans most of the planet, even the most righteous green activist could be forgiven for feeling powerless. No matter; what with skyrocketing gas prices and the fractious state of geopolitics, the stuff responsible for a quarter of the world's CO2 emissions is on a roll, which surely represents our biggest environmental headache of all. |The great global coal rush puts us on the fast track to irreversible disaster - Guardian|
I have a longish post on this topic over at the Carbon Copy.