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

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Because it is global, rational and fair.

"Climate Change is set to become a global catastrophe. Everyone realises the world must take immediate and sustained action to avert the worst of what lies ahead. This means halting the human emissions of the greenhouse gases that are accelerating global warming - but this can't be done without a global framework that shows we are solving the problem faster than we cause it. The Kyoto Process fails this test, but C&C - Contraction & Convergence - is focused on it.

C&C starts by setting a limit for the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, but because we are already on the cusp of runaway global warming, this can only be slightly above the present level. It then schedules a global Contraction of CO2 emissions that can keep us within that limit,
and does so on the basis that everyone on the planet is entitled to an equal share in the declining amount of CO2 that human activities can safely emit.

By linking national carbon shares to population and limits to consumption, C&C provides a framework that can deliver climate security. It reduces the carbon shares of wealthy over-emitting countries until they converge with the (temporarily rising) shares of poorer under-emitting countries. The latter will be able to sell their surplus carbon shares to wealthier nations through a global trade that will encourage investment in renewable energy, and improve the prospects of all parties. This is C&C in a nutshell.

The Kyoto process is inadequate because it is fragmented, divorced from the climate science, and distorted by national interests. Uncoordinated national policies have even less chance of success. In contrast, C&C connects science to the global objective and principles of the UN Climate Treaty agreed in 1992.

Support for C&C is growing because it is global, rational and fair. It will be an immense challenge to implement C&C, but I believe it's exactly what we – and every other country - must now do."
Aubrey Meyer
UK House of Commons “All Party Group on Climate Change” [APGCC]
submitted January 22nd 2007

Blair Anderson
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