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Mary Kaldor says....

"...saving the planet is not a technical problem, even though a lot of scientific knowledge is required; it goes to the heart of the way we as human beings govern ourselves."

What she said!

Whole article in The Guardian here... http://environment.guardian.co.uk/energy/story/0,,2117483,00.html

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drplokta
4th Jul, 2007 13:53 (UTC)
I can't agree with this -- she pulls a typical trick in the last paragraph. To quote: A reduction of oil dependence and other CO2 emitting fuels among both consumers and producers and a fair distribution of resources require the construction of legitimate states operating within a framework of global cooperation. In other words, saving the planet is not a technical problem, even though a lot of scientific knowledge is required; it goes to the heart of the way we as human beings govern ourselves.

First, reduction in oil dependency has litle or nothing to do with "saving the planet". Second, reduction in use of CO2 emitting fuels is only one possible approach to reducing the impact of climate change (and is probably not one with the best chance of success, simply because it requires a profound change in the way we govern ourselves), and several of the other possible approaches (e.g. carbon sequestration, reduction in insolation, albedo increase) are technical problems that do not require significant changes in our governance.
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