Valentine date? Spooky: This House believes that global warming is a scare story

February 11, 2008 at 8:53 am | Posted in Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge University, Climate change, Global warming, Valentine, Valentine's Day, XKCD | 2 Comments

XKCD Valentine’s Day heart

This is the creepy event in store at the Cambridge Union Society for Valentine’s Day:

This House believes that global warming is a scare story

Venue: Chamber

Date: Thursday 14th February, 2008 at 7:30pm

Dinner is available for this event …




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  1. Best wishes… and please sign my petition if it interests you. Click on my URL for details.

  2. Dear Alex,

    Thanks for your comment. I shall copy the text of your petition here, so people know what you are raising signatures for:

    We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Scrap the Kyoto Protocol, lower green taxes and spend money on adaptation to future climate rather than CO2 restrictions.

    Personally, I do not agree with your suggestions. Why?

    It is dated: Kyoto has almost run its course, and discussions are underway for follow-on.
    It is bizarre: we do not have green taxes anyway, so how can we lower them?
    It ignores climate science: it is unconscionable not to mitigate.
    Its beneficiaries are construction, energy and transport industries!
    It hurts those who cannot help themselves: ordinary and poor folk around the world would suffer as a result of your suggestions.

    Furthermore, your petition’s details are misleading, because the first two sentences are true, but do not tell the whole story, because they ignore man’s responsbility towards nature, and disregard our need to change our lifestyles to mitigate the damage caused by anthropogenic emissions:

    Earth’s climate is always changing. Regardless of the future climate, we will need to adapt to any major changes. CO2 restrictions are futile because any attempts at reduction will be negated by natural temperature increases that release CO2 from oceans, soil and forests.

    and your third sentence is not supported by people who care about the world and their fellow men. Yes, temperature rises can lead to increases in natural greenhouse gas emissions that will compete with reductions in anthropogenic ghg emissions, but that is no excuse for not trying! Your argument simply makes the case for significant mitigation (i.e. reduction in ghg emissions) more urgent.

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