What happens when climate change policy intersects with the war on terror? Here is a sampling of what we’ve been saying to the world.
‘The Kyoto Convention is fundamentally flawed because developing nations don’t have to do their part’.
‘Developing nations can’t be trusted to enrich uranium to produce their own carbon free energy. They might use it to produce weapons of mass destruction’.
‘It’s OK for India to use nuclear technology to produce electricity because that will free up oil to meet transportation demand in the US’ (hint that something is amiss: oil is little used to generate electricity; natural gas is).
‘China can’t buy a US oil company but they can buy all the oil and gas they want from Iran, so that it [China] can make the goodies we want’.
‘American industries can sell nuclear generating station equipment to China and India: a good thing for balance of trade and because nuclear energy is carbon-free’.
Is your head spinning yet?
Now lets ask different sort of question, focused on resource depletion. — How might energy intensive organizations respond to tight supplies and rapidly escalating prices for fossil fuels or electricity? Could we imagine that?
Utilities would lobby for permission to cut off gas and electricity to people unable to pay their bills: a.k.a a “Reverse Robin Hood” move.
Highly natural gas dependent industries would lobby for Congress to promote natural gas exploration on public lands, and offshore in formerly protected zones that lie in the paths of future hurricanes. Paul Bunyan with a drill bit instead of an axe..
An aluminum supplier would make plans to expand benefaction and smelting operations in Greenland to take advantage of greenhouse gas-free, readily accessible, and infinitely sustainable geothermal energy. No lightweight at finding first-in advantage.
The Federal government would propose a budget that takes part of the revenue stream from taxpayer supported hydroelectric dams in one region of the country to pay down a portion of the national debt. Until climate change induced drought takes it all away.
And finally the most difficult question of all:
What will businesses do when their customers realize that Climate Change is a real and immediate threat: sink into despair or innovate with a manic fervor?