Saturday, July 5, 2008

Kyoto double standard

Of course developing countries are exempt from Kyoto. They need to be exempt to keep developing and allow them to reach affluence similar to countries which will be punished for their care of, and concern for, the environment. Countries which can afford to expend a little extra to look after the environment by not polluting. Countries which can afford to expend a lot to take care of the safety of workers. Take India for example, which is exempt from Kyoto.
The reasoning is based on the idea that the industrialized world polluted first.  To apply limitations to India would cheat it of its chance to complete a transition to industrialization.
and then we may read what India's state oil company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation have to say about their being as one with nature (yeah, I've paraphrased):

ONGC participates in the Green Movement with responsibility towards society and the world. We bring you four stories on this positive approach of ONGC.

Long before ecology became the refrain of the global song at Stockholm and Rio, the ancient Indian heritage had already provided a specious spiritual home for the environmental ethos. India has, throughout trackless centuries, provided an ample expense of friendly space for an open and ongoing discourse of ideas. The relics and traditions established the principles of ecological harmony centuries ago-not because the world was perceived as heading for an imminent environmental disaster or destruction, nor because of any immediate utilitarian exigency, but through its quest for spiritual and physical symbiosis, synthesized in a system of ethical awareness and moral responsibility. 

India. Industrial paradise, home of Gaia friendly oil extraction. Read the article, take a look at the photographs. Compare.

Interesting that there's no world wide group concerned about the safety of humans in or near these places which has support like the idiocy of AGW/CC. Especially when the "affluent" societies (read western) are the ones with the wealth to develop the technology which keeps workers and people in the general community safe from some of the dangerous by-products or pollutants of industrialisation.

We've got PETA for the animals. They hate humans. Who or what is there for the humans? But I suppose if Sudan and Zimbabwe can happen and nothing be done about, human beings are fresh out of luck.

(With thanks to Minicapt for the link to Steve Janke.)

6 comments:

splice said...

Australia's per capita carbon footprint is an international embarrassment. But if we work hard, we can make a difference!

Key performance indicators of a small carbon footprint are:

• short life expectancy

• high infant mortality rate

• reduced resilience against storm events, drought, floods, plague and pestilence

• end-stage rural subsistence poverty

• sprawling cardboard and corrugated iron shanty towns

• powerful centralized government

• Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister

C’mon Australia. If we all work together, we can achieve these goals! Let’s do Australia proud!

Caz said...

Remember Rwanda?

Yeah.

Exactly.

Caz said...

The US has just put a two year hold on mega-sized solar power projects ... wait for it ... so the gov't can assess the environmental impacts.

Meanwhile, they've just approved a few more oil drills.

Gotta laugh.

Tee hee.

Anonymous said...

caz,
"US has just put a two year hold on mega-sized solar power projects ."

do you have a link for that?
Thanks
Orion

Caz said...

From the NYTs a week ago Orion.

Here ya go:

http://tinyurl.com/62j4ef

(Sorry, too lazy to do hyperlink.)

Minicapt said...

Plans reinstated 01 Jul: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-9983480-54.html

Cheers