Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Xmas on the FrogBlog

The entire Climate Change debate in so far as New Zealand is concerned [and that includes the most recent consultation round] is that it (a) lacks a framework that accommodates inter-regional, inter-national and intra-national tradability, (b) it is not equitable. (Thanks Jeanette, for mentioning equity, some of us were listening).

There can be no equity when the commodity is unauditable, arbitrary and there are boundaries. (even if there was an auditable 'energy backed currency' disputes for the greater part occur at the boundaries). There is a  solution space that extends beyond 'to little to late'  kyoto, and the longer we leav it to have that conversation the deeper we'll have to dig to get out of the hole. Presuming Kyoto is OK because 'its the best we have got', or because 'politics is the art of the possible' is anally retentive... its like saying Polio is OK because Anthrax looks terrible.

We need something that builds upon the intent of UN Convention, that's for sure. As long as our uninsured economic losses are twice GDP growth, this thing is going to bite us in the arse (Expansion and Divergence).

If the correction required is the equal and opposite 'opposing forces' to E&D then Contraction and Convergence (C&C) is to coin a phrase of the British Environment Minister, 'the only game in town'.

The curious reader will obtain a more thorough explanation at

If you think it has merit, don't keep it to yourself. Let MfE know. Tell them on the consultation pages on their website that it is necessary to think beyond impositional and penalty based solutions, even the transitional ones. (Simpliatic cap and trade, baseline and credit, and offset trading... bah humbug! who needs thresholds for entry? allowances (who gets them?) and penalties (just who is the policeman here?) who pays compliance costs? (and the lawyers) Coverage, flexibility, methods, leakage, safety valves, project based offsets, gratis allocations, auctions etc.. etc... its a business nightmare scenario.

Go simple, go C&C.

Cheers and Beers everyone.. Have a great Xmas and a climate ameliorating New Year...

  "and long may yer lumb reek on other folks coal"

Blair Anderson
Corporate Technology Consultants
ph (643) 389 4065   cell 027 265 7219

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