Thursday, August 30, 2007

SUVs are more symbol than solution to problems of climate change

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.

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