[DEBATE] : Re: (Fwd) Crit of new UK climate blahblah
pbond at mail.ngo.za
Tue Oct 31 03:46:05 GMT 2006
Doug Henwood wrote:
> On Oct 30, 2006, at 10:29 AM, Patrick Bond wrote:
>> Rising Tide: UK Stern Report Sells Climate Short,
>> Paves Way to Global Warming Catastrophe
> Does the phrase "better than nothing" mean anything to the authors of
> this "crit"? In the US, we can't even get our gov to admit that
> anything's wrong.
It's the classic problem, isn't it Doug, of adopting a reformist reform
('better than nothing') when we know we need a non-reformist reform. In
my understanding - of Gorz, Kagarlitsky, Saul - these 'reforms' actually
strengthen the underlying logic of the system, and strengthen the
system's existing institutions, and weaken the institutions of
resistance. As Christian Aid put it yesterday, 'If we follow the
report's conclusions, we may avert economic bankruptcy but we will still
be teetering on the brink moral bankruptcy.'
Stern figures don't add up for world's poor say Christian Aid /30.10.06
Christian Aid today (Monday, 30 October) broadly welcomed the Stern
Review on the Economics of Climate Change, but warned that its
conclusions would still expose millions of poor people to an
unacceptably high risk of disease, drought and famine.
'Sir Nicholas's report is of major international significance and should
leave no-one in doubt about the need for immediate action on climate
change,' said Andrew Pendleton, Christian Aid's senior climate change
However, Mr Pendleton cautioned: 'Talk of economic dangers is all very
well but the real danger remains poor people in the developing world
whose future depends on our willingness to act.
'If we follow the report's conclusions, we may avert economic bankruptcy
but we will still be teetering on the brink moral bankruptcy.'
Mr Pendleton welcomed the report's main message that dealing with
climate change was wiser than delaying, but said that Stern's benchmark
of economic feasibility was incompatible with the urgent needs of poor
'We are concerned that the Stern Report has dismissed a level of CO2 and
other equivalent greenhouse gases (CO2e) of 450 parts per million as too
expensive. But in reality poor people are already struggling to cope
with existing climate change as a result of an atmosphere polluted with
430ppm of CO2e.
'At Stern's levels, large parts of the developing world would be exposed
to a much greater risk of disaster and misery,' Pendleton said.
'Stern's figures means that the world's average temperature would almost
certainly increase beyond the two degree mark that scientists agree is
safe. This could condemn millions of poor people on the front line of
climate change to death,' said Mr Pendleton.
Notes to editors:
Christian Aid, a leading member of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, is
• an annual, contracting carbon budget to limit the amount of greenhouse
gases Britain produces each year. This must be commensurate with the
science of remaining within a two degree increase in global average
• incentives and penalties to significant industries, including
transport and energy, to encourage emissions reductions
• an annual report on whether or not emissions are kept within the
• an independent audit commission to check emissions are being reduced
in line with the carbon budget
• tax incentives to drive innovation in renewable energy and other clean
• public subsidies to support research and development.
For more information, contact Andrew Pendleton on 07789 997376 or John
McGhie on 07812 352130.
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