Global warming, Oil, Water, How do we prioritise?
13 Jan 07
I find it interesting that you include these 3 things under the same discussion. Further, I find it fascinating that you haven't received several hundred responses to this issue, while the really hot topics are ones that are at best superficial. This is the kind of topic I was hoping to find when I joined mylot and I know that it is still a relatively new site so perhaps in time there will be members who share these kind of interests. With respect to the topic itself, if our world governments actually accorded global warming the kind of attention it deserved, the oil issue would autmatically be addressed in the solution to global warming. As it is I think that the problem is so severe that we are probably past the point of no return.
13 Jan 07
Some topics just dont take off khala. As you say superficial topics are popular. Welcome to mylot anyway and I hope you find a comfortable niche :) I also, am concerned that the clock is ticking and we may have missed golden opportunities. There seems to be a faith in technology, rather than a concerted effort and investment. Yet we see a concerted effort and investment in war, rather than faith that solving the global problems will erradicate the smaller ones. The British Broadcasting Corporation (set up in the 1940's)still has its old motto, "Nation Shall Speak Unto Nation". Well I really wish they would get on with it, cut out the arrogance and apply some mutual respect.
13 Jan 07
I believe that the threat is definitely real. The problem is that being a capitalistic society, short-term gain is prioritised by the companies (ie water-powered car engine technologies have been around for decades, but that wouldn't make fiscal sense to the government or the car and oil industries. Our priorities need to shift from trying to make our environment as "idea" and "convenient", to as sustainable and ecological as possible. I know this won't be a popular stance, but with a democratic government who are in the pocket of big business, we're only ever likely to see prohibitive taxation affecting those who pollute the least - the average person on the street. If we were to have a benign dictator, we'd be able to have the wholescale changes we need, and get the job of cleaning up our act, done. I vote Richard Branson, or Prince Charles!