Comments on: In Obama‚Äôs Second Term, Hopes For a Meaningful Climate Change Policy Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:10:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Robert Holt Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:47:20 +0000 The president of the USA is difficult position, he appears to understand that long term strategy (decades long) needs to be enacted to address the US contribution to global warming, but in the four year election cycles it will be easy for opponents to vilify ‘extra’ taxation. The best hope for a ‘market solution’ man-made global warming is through the insurance business, but that will be a long and tortuous path. The public-funded route still requires a trully international perspective with a historical view as to how the burden should be fairly shouldered by the first and developing world. There is a need for sound, unemotional, scientific debate among all political groups to understand the causes of global warming and its potential effects, both environmental and economic. The challenge is for uncertainty in projections to be explained as a inevitable aspect of projections, not as an indication of incompitence or nefarious self-intrest.
If the Stern Report is correct and left unchecked global warming will cost 25% of the world GDP then the issues arising from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are much more profound for the human race than a spat between scientists.