Tuesday, November 20, 2007

An Idea whose Time Has Come

Have you noticed that some of the powers seem to have warmed to the idea of a global warming threat?

Could it be that they're finally ready to take advantage of it?

INSIGHTS: Carbon Sequestration

4 comments:

SimplyTim said...

Hi Laura,

Are you saying that they are "catching on and recognizing a need to do something about it - finally"

or

that they have found a way to turn it to their advantage?

Tim

arcolaura said...

Or that they saw the way to turn it to their advantage a long time ago, but they kept the idea quiet until they had a slick package ready to be presented to a frightened populace.

Cynical? Me?

Wayne said...

I'm still not sure where I stand with regard to skepticism of oil companies pursuing green policies. My cynicism keeps getting in the way, perhaps (for instance) for articles like this, by Elizabeth Kolbert.

I'm certainly not singling out Alberta (which I know is not in your immediate area, Laura), certainly not when the largest emitter in the US of CO2 is just 80 miles south of me.

I am however still very skeptical of carbon credits, and other odd perks attached, as though they were the magical bullet, to trivial voluntary measures.

arcolaura said...

I am quite cynical, Wayne, but I swing between suspecting that individuals are actively misleading and manipulating public fears and beliefs, on the one hand, and on the other, suspecting that most of the people involved are just muddling along doing what they think is going to help while the harms are generally emergent phenomena.