The need for positive action

I often used to tell people, “If you can’t say anything positive then don’t say anything at all!”. When it comes to this blog, however, I have repeatedly failed to take my own advice. I therefore think I may have to stop blogging unless or until I can be more positive. In the meantime, I would encourage all those who can to make their voices heard by engaging in positive collective action and/or peaceful public protest. In the UK, there is an opportunity to do this next week – on June 17 – and I do hope it remains peaceful. For the record, however, I have also added an addendum to my last post, which includes this link to an attempt by The Carbon Brief to be positive about the G7’s latest statement of intent: http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/06/g7-leaders-target-zero-carbon-economy/ Sadly, it too makes sobering reading – highlighting the similarities with the [then] G8’s pronouncements in 2009 and the fact that the [now] G7 produce less than 20% of global CO2 emissions. I would therefore agree with former Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, who suggested recently that the larger G20 must drive the planned global climate deal. Whatever happens, I hope we do not see further nefarious and/or criminal acts to prevent progress (e.g. such the entirely bogus ‘Climategate’ scandal in 2009).

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About Rick Altman

Possibly just another 'Climate Cassandra' crying 'Wolf' in cyberspace. However, the moral of the old children's story is that the Wolf eventually turned up!
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6 Responses to The need for positive action

  1. Lionel Smith says:

    “Whatever happens, I hope we do not see further nefarious and/or criminal acts to prevent progress (e.g. such the entirely bogus ‘Climategate’ scandal in 2009).” Well strange that you should write that and what do we see but the person who uttered this: “That said, GWPF has done some commendable things, notably pushing for inquiries into the Climategate affair…” as quoted in this article UK Climate Deniers Invite American Sceptic Judith Curry to Speak in the House of Lords, creating more uncertainty in her speech to whichever Lords were in attendance. Which considering the Gish Gallop of wrong uttered by Matt Ridley in a recent Quadrant (another right wing organ like the WSJ and Forbes) article indicates that these goons are far from done. There is now no doubt that Judith Curry is earning a ticket to the CATO institute to join Pat Michaels and Richard Lindzen.

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    • Rick Altman says:

      I am very dismayed to hear all of that. To assert (as Curry does) that any supposed human causation is lost in the noise of natural variability, is to assert that the IPCC is part of a global ‘alarmist’ conspiracy. The goons may be far from done but they are, nonetheless, all being willfully blind to a reality that is now confirmed almost daily. I guess the Pope must now be added to their list of co-conspirators…

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  2. True to the core. Some drastic steps need to be taken or nature will take drastic measures..

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  3. We need nature but the nature does not need us. It has thrived and will thrive. If we want to thrive as a species we should take care.

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