In today’s Wall Street Journal, Nigel Lawson looks at the results of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference:
Copenhagen—predictably—achieved precisely nothing.
Well...the conference did achieve something. It pumped an estimated 40,500 tons of that evil carbon dioxide into the air -- mostly because the attending politicians and celebrities had to travel by jets and limos instead of following their own “green” rhetoric.
The reasons for the complete and utter failure of Copenhagen are both fundamental and irresolvable.
... The reason we use carbon-based energy is not the political power of the oil lobby or the coal industry. It is because it is far and away the cheapest source of energy at the present time and is likely to remain so, not forever, but for the foreseeable future.
That is something the Global Warming Church refuses to understand. Their “green” energy policies are simply not viable.
The overriding priority for the developing world has to be the fastest feasible rate of economic development, which means, inter alia, using the cheapest available source of energy: carbon.
... [T]he argument that they should make this economic and human sacrifice to benefit future generations 100 years and more hence is all the less compelling, given that these future generations will, despite any problems caused by warming, be many times better off than the people of the developing world are today.
Lawson suggests that instead of ego-inflating international summits, we pursue a more rational “plan B”:
... [D]o what mankind has always done, and adapt to whatever changes in temperature may in the future arise.
This enables us to pocket the benefits of any warming (and there are many) while reducing the costs. None of the projected costs are new phenomena, but the possible exacerbation of problems our climate already throws at us. Addressing these problems directly is many times more cost-effective than anything discussed at Copenhagen.