Climate Change – Past, Present, Future

How many times have you heard or read about climate change and what we are supposed to do in order to prevent future air pollution and other undesirable outcomes? Energy has never been very big an issue, and among the reasons for this were the rising gas prices during the first half of this year – and especially the U.S. presidential campaigns. Americans have come across with numerous infomercials about alternative fuels, articles and news about them, and everything in between. The result so far, of course, is next to nothing.

And that’s understandable – nobody expects a change on that issue for just an year. Besides if the situation were that serious I doubt that we would continue using our vehicles to drive us anywhere we want to except for the cases where we really need it – going to the grocery store and going to work. In my opinion, the recent worries by the politicians on the issue of climate change are mostly speculations. Whether these speculations come at a right time is disputable because on the one hand with the world economy currently being in a recession cutting on gas emissions will very likely hinder its recovery, but on the other hand we never know how close we are to a serious natural catastrophe.

The European leadership reached a new climate deal yesterday that will cut carbon emissions by 20% by 2020, raise renewable sources by 20% and achieve a cut in energy use by 20%. The measure is called 20/20/20 for obvious reasons, and in order to become a law it must be approved by the European Parliament which, I believe, will not disagree on it. Meanwhile UN delegates met in the Polish city of Poznan to discuss the issue of global climate change, and will try to reach solution next year in Copenhagen.

The part of the BBC article that make me believe that the whole thing is more of a speculation rather than anything else, that is, there is no threat of climate change for the next several decades to say the least, is Al Gore’s words:

“To those who say it’s too difficult to conclude a deal by Copenhagen, I say it can be done, it will be done, let’s finish this process,” he said.

One of the reasons Mr Gore gave for his optimism was that a number of developing countries have come forward with firm pledges on restraining the rise in greenhouse gas emissions, including China, Brazil and Mexico.

China, Brazil and Mexico have very serious problems with greenhouse gas emissions – problems that are way more serious than in probably any other part in the world. Take a look at the article’s last sentence:

UN officials at the conference said the EU’s climate deal was a success and would contribute towards an agreement in Copenhagen, although environmental groups said they were dismayed about a number of concessions it offered to industry.

So it’s the environmental groups behind all this commotion. For those of you who disagree with me on that – I would like to tell you that bills are not always created as a result of a politician’s brilliant mind. Interest groups and lobbyists also have their part of the whole process. And environmental groups will always complain about climate change until we start living like we used to live a million years ago.

In other words, I am rather skeptical about any climate change for decades to come, so there’s nothing to worry about even if the EU bill is killed in the European Parliament and even if the meeting in Copenhagen doesn’t change anything.

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