Saturday, July 12, 2008

Reference: Denmark's pragmatic environmentalist, Bangkok Post, July 13, 2008

The article quotes Denmark's Minister of Climate and Energy to state that the country's energy policy consists of reducing CO2 emissions, promoting renewable energy sources, and pushing an international agenda for carbon trading between developed and developing countries (Denmark's pragmatic environmentalist, Bangkok Post, July 13, 2008). Before one takes this Minister of Climate seriously, one should consider that the Danish economy under her government's care is in recession. A country that has created a cabinet level post for "climate" affairs has made brash assumptions about a relationship between human activity and climate that trivializes the real questions with respect to the global warming issue. As for carbon trading, I find it to be a thinly disguised method of neo-colonialism. It will keep the rich countries rich and the poor countries poor by allowing developed countries to pay undeveloped countries to stay undeveloped.

Cha-am Jamal


Murtaza said...

Many general readers are not familiar with carbon trading and its effects. Can a few words be added on the matter? Thanks!

Jamal said...

in the carbon cap and trade system, fossil fuel use is rationed. those that use less can sell the balance to those that need more than the rationed amount.