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The Impossible Global Consensus?

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The Impossible Global Consensus?

After four days the picture already becomes clear: it is going to be very hard for the world community as assembled at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to reach the desired consensus necessary to halt global warming. African countries cannot even agree amongst themselves, Brazil, India, South Africa and China come with their own joint perspective as leaders of the developing world and Western countries ‘secretly’ work on a deal to exclude the Third World and take the whole conversation away from the UN.

It must have been easier to build the tower of Babel. Many voices outside the UN Conference nonetheless agree that the challenge of global warming presents a great opportunity for innovation and economic development. In fact it presents opportunity to lead meaningful lives. Isn’t it much more interesting to develop and build the next sustainable renewable energy system than to design another ‘financial product’?

Humanity stands on the threshold of the transformation of the current economies based on polluting fossil fuels into sustainable renewable energy economies. This transformation will provide millions of new jobs. It will halt global warming. It will create a more fair and just world. It will clean our environment and make our lives healthier. In other words, the problem of global warming presents an inspiring opportunity to make our world a better place.

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By Jurriaan Kamp, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Ode Magazine.

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3:06PM PST on Dec 14, 2009

very interesting

7:26PM PST on Dec 13, 2009

i trully agree with DENNIS J & HENRIETTE M..they (US) want to rule us..either its a deceptive face of terrorism or its global warming..what else they want..their own troops are killed & innocent citizens of middle east are killed...they dont care about the number of people dying..what definition of "HUMANITY" they define :S

2:00AM PST on Dec 13, 2009

we'll see. If not we'll have to put up with whatever they want us to put up with and beyond...

9:35AM PST on Dec 12, 2009

too many cooks in the kitchen

2:09AM PST on Dec 12, 2009

lets stop hurting things and percivere for future genorations shut up gary

2:07AM PST on Dec 12, 2009

surely money brings money,therefore we should evolve around it?maybe,who knows the answer

10:44PM PST on Dec 11, 2009

Elaine M. Thanks for your post! I agree with most of what your saying. We are told lies & most believe it!
We are told that this will save the world & all of us. Global warming as they call it is a way to push to have complete control over us, then they will treat us as puppets on a string. Wake up before it is to late to turn back. They will get rich & us poor will be starving to death by the millions.

9:46AM PST on Dec 11, 2009

Mr. Kamp, You quote and discuss quite alot the German head of a renewable energy company and you seem to accept his call for heavy taxes on petroleum/coal/natural gas production. What CEO wouldn't want to obtain an unfair advantage from his competition through taxing to death his competition. If solar power were feasible for a great proportion of the world (which it is not because of the land area required to provide enough gigawatts of energy from the sun & costs of production/maintenance), it will be feasible because of its competitive advantage and because consumers choose it over fossil fuels. We have huge amounts of hydroelectric power in my home area - a very efficient and very clean energy form. In addition, the world has huge quantities of natural gas that are untapped and not being delivered to consumers (my heat and hot water all come from clean natural gas). We could easily, cheaply and efficiently convert most vehicles to propane/gas mixes in the short term and propane only in the long run. Solar, wind, and geothermal are presently much too expensive and do not pay in the long run; in addition, solar and wind power make little economic sense as the energy required to manufacture, install and maintain these energy sources far exceeds itheir life-time energy supply. I wouldn't hold up Mr. Sheer's ideas as gospel as he has a direct conflict-of-interest, as does Mr. Al Gore and Maurice Strong (investors and owners of carbon trading companies).

9:17AM PST on Dec 11, 2009

Great point! Look @ the internet: all these automated phone calls while how many of us are without jobs?

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