Monday, December 05, 2011

The Planet at the mercy of politics....

In this Online Citizen article "Will Durban extinguish all hope for the planet?",  NUS undergraduate Ezra Ho wrote about how world leaders "indulge in Machiavellian machinations while the planetary doomsday clock inches away to midnight". If one looks at the science behind the warnings of global warming, there is little doubt now that we are on a trajectory that will likely lead to significant climate change and potential ecological disasters. The IPCC models predicting climate change have proven accurate with new data collected. A few years back when George Bush was president, in order to delay action and policies to address the issue, funded climate skeptics to cast doubt on the work of reputable climatologists.  While skepticism and disagreement is an important part of the scientific process, we expect leaders to act based on the best scientific evidence. Scientific disagreement can go on and on until the IPCC predictions come true in which case it is too late for everyone.  The number of honest skeptics has shrunk as new evidence comes in but political opposition to green climate policies has risen in the US. Why?

US politics has become so ideological in nature it does not matter what the scientists say. The pro-business lobby has successfully mis-informed a large number of voters to the extent that any right wing politician will find his campaign in trouble if he dares to say that something needs to be done to address climate change. Take Newt Gingrich, the front runner in the Republican campaign as an example. A few years back, he appeared in advertisement with Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, to inform Americans of the importance of caring for the environment. This seemingly mild message became a liability in his campaign to be the Republican Presidential candidate  and he was forced to admit that he "was dumb" and deny that he thinks human activity has anything to do with global warming.

Note that he said "I do not know whether global warming is occurring". Other candidates in the Republican party have said they are not sure if global warming is caused by human activity. The reason for this is simple. If they admit they believe the reports of the IPCC or US Academy of Sciences, they will lose their support base and campaign funding. Slowing global warming requires concerted action by govt and will result in more regulation for businesses....and in the short run may have a negative impact on the economy. We can't run away from paying some price for saving the planet. While we can debate what needs to be done to save the planet, denying the huge body scientific of evidence and their conclusion that action is needed puts the future of this planet and our children at risk.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are strong powers at work to ensure nothing ever changes. Money is involved, alot of dosh.

Anonymous said...

Hey Lucky

Why you diidn't mention anything about or related to Singapore in this post?

Anonymous said...

@ ANON: 12:28

You think global warning is not going to affect Singapore?!!

I know we Singaporeans are insular, but this .... wow ....

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:28 is probably part of the PAP Internet Brigade.

Enjoy your ivory tower while it lasts....

Anonymous said...

We must stop these American dickheads from destroying the world. The way to do it is to relegate the importance of America to the world. Let's get China and India to lead in curbing global pollution.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing that you & I can do to stop the tide of capitalism.

Absolutely nothing!.. you can "bring your own bag" and buy a CNG propelled car, separate bananna skin from A4 size paper. Its not gonna make a difference.

Just live and enjoy the plastic life.

Anonymous said...

Global pollution and climate changes will only get worse as India, China and other developing countries emerge as the driving force of world economy. And also as Singapore, Shanghai and HK gradually take over NY, London and Tokyo as the world stock-trading capitals.

Becoz all the above countries have people and govts that are the most fuck-care about pollution and global warming. Their societies are run on You Die Your Business principles, so that their people have no time and no incentive to think about "being green".

Better You Than Me is the standard re-joinder to You Die Your Business. And it is the same response towards sacrifices for solving global warming and climate change.

Anonymous said...

The downside of US electoral system. There are enough stupid ignorant evangelical rednecks that could hold everybody else hostage.

Anonymous said...

I think if America and Europe and Japan are serious about global warming, they should cut down their consumption.

Many of us had grown up in poverty. In China twenty years ago, most people rode bicycles and meat was a luxury. And for most of this time, the West and Japan lived in the lap of luxury, consuming precious earth resources like there is no tomorrow.

Now, we are rich. It is our turn to live well too. If the West is so worried about climate change, tell them to eat vegetarian and ride bicycles en-masse like what our grandfathers had to do because they were poor.

Anonymous said...

Climate change is not global warming.

Obviously we need to care for our environment.

But if u think Nancy Pelosi gives a shit about the environment ... Then may I interest you in a timeshare in a unicorn ranch where you can rub shoulders with you beloved Obama?

Anonymous said...

USA is actually not a true democratic country but is controlled by monsters of 2 sectors - arms and finance. Both sectors are full of greedy and crap people. The politicians need money to campaign in oder to enter the white house. Such lobbyist politics is unique in US and in effect is corruption in certain way. The people have absolutely no control on what these small group of politicians is doing in reality though they are voted in (mainly for domestic issues and NOT global issues). Most US people are not well educated to understand global issues. So, this is the result. Today, they are still driving big cars, have subsided gasoline, cheap energy from fossil fuels, tons of plastic wastes, etc. Worst, they are badly in debt. The only way is to stir some wars around other regions so that they can make money to pay for the debt. Do anybody know how much money and fuels are wasted and used by the US global military? What has this US military done in the past decades that is really contributed to world peace? This the reality of US today. If climate change is real, the world is heading to disaster. US will not change it current attitude and culture until they are hard hit by the impact of climate change. By then, the whole world will suffer. This is the end of human kind?

Anonymous said...

"I do not know whether global warming is occurring". Other candidates in the Republican party have said they are not sure if global warming is caused by human activity."

The reason why it is so easy to parry away responsility is that it is not easy at all for others to prove whether human activity is causing global warming and by deliberate smugness which human activity.

How are we going to have the type of detecting mechanism which is able to trace and isolate the exacting global warming causing agents with such complex interplay among the multitude of other reacting elements in the environment and confidently attribute them to global warming - which is acceptable to all those concerned.

Anonymous said...

Lucky

Can do some commentary on the hike of the cab fare...

More or less gotta do with Coe right since the it is bloody exp...these cab co bid so high....of course gottta recoup ...


Am

Anonymous said...

I concur with Anon 15:41.

We have a long way to go to catch up with Sweden, Switzerland or Austria.

A large problem with Singapore is that we have a government that is set at dumbing down the population.

Lucky Tan said...

anon 23:55,

I'm not against the taxi fare hike per se because the fares are the income of taxi drivers. If the intent is to help taxi drivers, I'm okay. However, more often than not they hike the fares saying it is to improve driver's income then hike the taxi rental to take it from the driver.

I have always felt that the taxi company should be a cooperative because most of the work is done by the driver and he can provide the service without all the organisational overheads. Many of the booking systems are one time sunk costs. Unfortunately, Singapore moved the other way turning making taxi companies into for-profit rental companies and an oligopoly led by Comfort a listed entity answerable to shareholders who demand profits and dividends.

Anonymous said...

COE price go up.
Increase taxi fare.

COE price go down.
Got decrease taxi fare or not?

How about a transparent formula for taxi fare changes.

Anonymous said...

"Unfortunately, Singapore moved the other way turning making taxi companies into for-profit rental companies and an oligopoly led by Comfort a listed entity answerable to shareholders who demand profits and dividends."
Lucky Tan 6/12/11 08:43

They have 60% mandate at every election what.

With that mandate they can do many things what, right or not?

If I were them, why would I care what Lucky or whoever says?

Anonymous said...

Taxi cabs to go up. Welcome to PAP world.

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20111205-314534.html

It's scheduled on pay day of 12 Dec where the bonus kicks in for the civil service. How strategic! YOu only get a week's notice so that no student or salaryman will get enough time to get work up.


Within 5 years, taxi cabs went from 7.30 to 9 am $1 surcharge to 7.00 am to 9.00 $1 surcharge to 7.00 am to 9.00 am $1 surcharge PLUS 15% meter surcharge.

Now, it has gone to 6.00 am!!!! and the evening one stretches from 6pm to midnight!!!!

Fucking PAY AND PAY party! Go vote them somemore lah! Go!

THey are daring to do this because they have some hidden agenda. They are planning to convert all the foreigners to citizens to vote them in GE 2016. That's why they dare do this! Fucking soul-searching. WHo are you kidding, millionaire minister?!

Who do you think own comfort delgro?!

PAP Singapore are getting out of hand! Wake up lah SIngaporeans!

This is madness! What with the overcrowding mrt! We turn to cabs and now PAP spring this on us.

Kiam kanna said...

Nothing will happen during this life time.

If anything, it will be slow and not discernable. Just enjoy your plastic bags from NTUC, your dolphin flavoured drinks and discard the bottle into the nearest longkang.

Buy more coffee tea in styrofoam cups and more bubble teas.

What about the next generation you say?.. ha! ha!.. they don't give a damn too! after all, they are the ones that upgrade their handphones, laptops, clothes, cars
hairstyles and everything else!

Just take a look at Orchard road after some event.. go in the morning when all the litter is visible.

Me?.. I bring my own bag to NTUC.
that is all I do.. save 10cents.

Anonymous said...

the bankers, property developers and politicians are the worst cons of this era. one day, the living planet will retaliate and many will have to pay for the crimes of the cons. this is not fair but still 60% will stay daft and vote for unfairness.

Anonymous said...

the bankers, property developers and politicians are the worst cons of this era. one day, the living planet will retaliate and many will have to pay for the crimes of the cons. this is not fair but still 60% will stay daft and vote for unfairness.

Anonymous said...

This is a very accurate piece on the state of Republican politics :
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/opinion/send-in-the-clueless.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Anonymous said...

Agree with lucky at 8.43 but.......

Common guys ..... Look at how they switch their tack from Global Warming to Climate Change..... Whatever they may call it , one thing is very sure .... They are going for more of your hard earned money thru CARBON TAX. Dont you guys love to get taxed to death ...? 

The downward push & upward pressure: The Game: 
Pit the Big Oil/Big Polluters Companies against the IPCC & their hordes of supporters whom they already so very successfully frightened through FEAR(oldest trick in the book) of catastrophic natural disasters caused by YOU !!!
When Young Turks ( the reporter ) & Rush limbaugh plays up the fact that corrupt politicians fear loosing campaign funds from BIG OIL/POLLUTERS, and thus side with the people who believes THAT IT IS a GLOBAL WARMING HOAX.....you successfully herd more sheeps into bagging for more TAXES to heal the world, becos every body loves to hate the big oil compnies, even I.

Dont get me wrong , we should protect the environment & switch to cleaner or even suppressed free energy( Nikola Teslas et el) & but hey dont make the citizens of the world pay for it. It isnt an issue of Americans & Europeans Versus Asians , it is still the 99% vs the 1%

Guess what ? Every govt that joins in this chorus is gonna collect billions & in return pay it all the way up to the same guys that hatched this scheme, possibly twenty or thirty years ago. 
They who also owns the BANKSTERS who r the same people that owns the Big UN, WHO, WORLD BANK , OITC & not to mention the scientists & journals that they financially support. 
But you got to give it to them for how they brilliantly play the sheeples. 

Why not instead of knocking down every scientist or person that claims that global warming movement is a HOAX, spend some time googling or youtube arguments on both sides of the divide on this BIG ISSUE ? 
And that includes you LUCKY. Do you know thay are going to have a Carbon Exchange ? Its a trillion dollar endeavour. 
Yes its created by the same people that put so called scarce resources like Energy, Food, water, into the same manipulated bourses/exchange as your speculative stocks, CDOS, DERIVATIVES etc. 
How is it that leaders of nations can put such precious & so called scarce resources onto a CASINO table when millions are starving , dying & fighting over them. Is that the best way to distribute life giving scarce resources or is it the best way to "Fix" & make the most profit for the 1%.

So please ...understand the debate by following the money trail & the power that comes from subjugating the world under it. Follow The Money.

YOU HAVE CREATED a great forum for discussion yet almost everyone is commenting, i think, without a deeper understanding as to whether there is an agenda behind this massive movement being pushed thru the global mass media, hollywood , gonvernments. 
Havent we learned from all the beatings & manipulations to realize that we have been had for generations, that everytime you think they r promising to give you the Peace, the Freedom , the Better Life & after all the cooperation from you...... We still live in a pretty fucked-up world full of endless wars on terror , drugs, communism, jihadism, global warmings, war on H1N1, SARS, AIDS inflations , stagflations, depressions etc.....? 
I THINK IF THEY CONTINUE to be in charge , nothing good is gonna come out & then they will still blame it on HUMAN NATURE. ie you & me . 

Anonymous said...

"Slowing global warming requires concerted action by govt and will result in more regulation for businesses....and in the short run may have a negative impact on the economy. We can't run away from paying some price for saving the planet. While we can debate what needs to be done to save the planet, denying the huge body scientific of evidence and their conclusion that action is needed puts the future of this planet and our children at risk. "

You can bet they will certainly work in concert like a finely orchestrated band of bandits to take away your money , liberty & your ability to think independently & ask Why Why Why.......???
And dont worry, children & planet will still be around in the Future.....just a very bleak one.

Anonymous said...

dun pray pray, i read the Republican (GOP) Bible ! How dare you go against my word! Its either you are with ME or against ME ! You are not with ME if you side with the liberals, baby killers, progressive heathen atheist, Paul Krugman (he is not kosher anymore), earth scientist (what dinosaurs! rubbish! They are just some ordinary animals that have gone extinct within the last 6000 years, dun read too much into carbon dating, its flawed!) Tectonic shift lah ... Its either you are with ME or against ME ! The wrath of gawd!!!

Anonymous said...

Scew global warming!

I am going to eat more tuna sushi, eat more sharks fin soup, drive my car more to chiong with hot babes, eat more meat and use more water to hot-tub with my girl friends.

Why should I consume less so that the Ang-Mohs and Japs can consume more?

I will consider the proposal to consume less when I see the Americans behaving more enviromentally more friendly, and that the Japs stop encouraging the extinction of tuna for their sushi.