Football and climate change are a matter of life and death (part 2)

December 30th, 2010 by Richard Lord

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“There’s no point relying on people’s instincts to do something about the problem.”

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“Many of us like to do away with government meddling: but if you can’t rely on people to solve the problem themselves, then meddling becomes necessary.”

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“Nature did not equip us with instinctive tools to identify and respond to long-term threats.”

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“Sometimes people say that disasters will prompt us into action.”  “By the time disasters like that come along, it will be too late.”

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“There are many social groups which have to be won over in order to get change.”

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“In some cases we accept that economic markets are not the only way to guide society.”

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“People frequently excuse inaction on some matter of climate policy by saying that it is a hard sell.”  “It exposes the distinction between the rare politicians who are leaders and the majority who are followers.”

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“We have known about the greenhouse effect for over 180 years.”  “It takes this order of time for ideas to become accepted, turn mainstream and for anyone to do anything about it.”

“King James II figured that smoking was dangerous in 1604.”

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“Greenhouse gas emissions are part of a fiendishly complex set of predicaments.”

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“In doing the right thing, we can actually make life a little bit better for ourselves.”

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“In short we can afford to emit another 750 billion tons of C02 and then we are stuffed.  Full stop.”

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“Redundancy means having back-up plans in place in case your first plan doesn’t work.  That would be sensible since we are talking about the survival of humanity as we know it.”

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“If your world is an egg and you want to make an omelette, do you count the cost of breaking the shell?  Or do you look at the value of the omelette?”

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Because of “industrial lobbying…. the carbon price will always be too low to achieve its aim.”

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“Generally, our habits are so deeply ingrained that for carbon prices to jerk us out of these routines they would have to be so shockingly high as to be politically unacceptable.”

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“Worrying about 2020 and 2050 is a distraction.  We need to abandon long-term policies and adopt ruthlessly short-term policies in the matter of cutting emissions.”

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“We need to focus on 2011 and 2012.  Luckily, there are lots of businessmen who are excellent at thinking in the short-term, so we should be OK.”

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“Current policy thinking is caked in huge dollops of faith and mysticism….. They might as well get out and do a rain dance.”

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“There are two approaches: a tough one and a softy one.  Under the tough one, if you fuck with nature then you get it in the back.”

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“A reminder that it isn’t about what we should be doing as individuals.  It’s about policy, i.e. what the government ought to be doing.”

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“The rich have a very special place in society and in the problem of greenhouse gas emissions because of their power and influence over everyone else.”  “Somehow we want to keep the energy and creativity of the entrepreneur but channel the influence and power of the rich in the right direction.”

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“The single most important thing to be done – most urgently – is to make our houses hold heat.”  “A market-based approach is too late.”  “Some coercion will be required from government.”

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“Time for politicians to get their thinking caps on.”

Channel Television post match interview with Guernsey Government United Team Captain Deputy Leon Gallienne (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

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This book is all about football but it will give you a some good advice about a matter of life and death too.

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“You didn’t think that cutting emissions would be that easy, did you?”  “We are in the last minute and we are relying on long-shots from outside the box.” James Atkins, Carbon Trader, and Author of “Climate Change for Football Fans – A Matter of Life and Death

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