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Climate Change - for the sceptics
Nov 14th, 2007 at 11:40am
 
There are a number of arguments against reducing CO2 emissions still floating around. They are all based on some kind of misunderstanding. A focus on scientific uncertainty ignores the economic reality and the principles of risk management which are fundamental to sound economic management. A focus on China and other poor countries ignores the reality that they will never match our level of per capita CO2 emissions and that they are already investing more in renewable energy than we are. Criticisms of Kyoto ignore the fact that it is merely a first step, not a final solution and that attempting to create our own version is a step backwards.

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Aussies warned about higher energy bills

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Business/Aussies-warned-about-higher-energy-bills/2007/11/14/1194766684805.html

Australians should prepare to pay more for petrol and electricity as part of a policy response to climate change, new research says.

Under policies to fight climate change, consumers will suffer higher costs for goods and services that depend on cheap energy, says Melbourne University professor of economics John Freebairn in a collection of research for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

The report, Climate Change: Getting It Right, is written by a range of scientists, academic and industry professionals and explores ways to reduce greenhouse gases with a minimum effect on economic growth.

Mr Byers said that action on climate change is needed now.

"We certainly can not wait for perfect knowledge before taking action," he said in the introduction to the report.

"Public policy has tools for making decisions in conditions of risk and uncertainty.

"These general rules apply equally to climate change issues."
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Re: Climate Change - for the sceptics
Reply #1 - Nov 14th, 2007 at 6:32pm
 
argument invalid.

I dont believe in risk management. I believe in doing what i deem to be right in every instance.
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Reply #2 - Nov 15th, 2007 at 10:31am
 
But risk management is about doing what is right.

Do you believe in refusing to deal with uncertainty in a rational manner?
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Reply #3 - Nov 15th, 2007 at 9:51pm
 
what is rational is only a matter of perspective
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Reply #4 - Nov 16th, 2007 at 9:39am
 
You can take perspective into account in dealing with uncertainty, for example by considering risk neutral or risk averse approaches. John Howard's approach is only rational if your perspective is that you like to put the economy at risk and eventually destroy it.
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