Saturday, December 12, 2009

Brave New World -- Cap and Trade

The idea is catching on. Again. Too many people. At first, when British Economist Thomas Malthus claimed -- in 1800 -- the world's population was getting too big to feed, the worry-warts and Chicken Littles were driven by fears of commodity shortages. That idea was a total failure.

Now the worry-warts and Chicken Littles are back with another idea. Instead of claiming there is not enough good stuff to go IN the bodies of the world's population, they have decided there is too much bad stuff coming OUT. The bad stuff is coming out of human bodies as well as coming out of all the mechanisms and devices that humans use to maintain life.

Thus, the people who want to lead the Brave New World have realized that if we want to reduce the emissions of the bad stuff, the direct way is to cap or reduce the number of humans. Fewer humans, fewer problematic emissions.

Or. Maybe. Perhaps we can apply the Cap & Trade Program in an innovative way. Let's cap the number of humans and trade them. Fewer bad energy-consuming humans, anyway. The US would come out the big winner. We have 307 million people who are big energy consumers. That's bad. They've got to go. Trade them away as fast as possible and bring in a population that needs little or no man-made energy.

An examination of low-energy consuming populations leads first to Africa, where the people of many countries live at a subsistence level, where direct sunlight is the primary source of energy. There are about 800 million people living in Africa. But, in total, they consume a small fraction of the energy used by Americans. The African carbon footprint is almost too small to measure.

Next to Africa, the next low-impact area is the middle east. However, in total, the world's muslim nations are home to about a billion people. Those billion receive little to nothing from the utility companies that operate in their regions for limited hours of the day. Fortunately, there is virtually no inventiveness or innovation in the middle east. Thus, there is no likelihood of anyone developing or manufacturing energy-consuming or energy-converting devices. We need a lot of those people here.

Based on my rough estimates, if all Americans were traded to countries around the globe and were replaced by all the people in Africa and all the people in the middle east -- except the Israelis -- US energy consumption would drop by at least 75%.


Population control called key to deal

By Li Xing (China Daily)
2009-12-10

COPENHAGEN: Population and climate change are intertwined but the population issue has remained a blind spot when countries discuss ways to mitigate climate change and slow down global warming, according to Zhao Baige, vice-minister of National Population and Family Planning Commission of China (NPFPC) .

"Dealing with climate change is not simply an issue of CO2 emission reduction but a comprehensive challenge involving political, economic, social, cultural and ecological issues, and the population concern fits right into the picture," said Zhao, who is a member of the Chinese government delegation.

Many studies link population growth with emissions and the effect of climate change.

"Calculations of the contribution of population growth to emissions growth globally produce a consistent finding that most of past population growth has been responsible for between 40 per cent and 60 percent of emissions growth," so stated by the 2009 State of World Population, released earlier by the UN Population Fund.

Although China's family planning policy has received criticism over the past three decades, Zhao said that China's population program has made a great historic contribution to the well-being of society.

As a result of the family planning policy, China has seen 400 million fewer births, which has resulted in 18 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions a year, Zhao said.

The UN report projected that if the global population would remain 8 billion by the year 2050 instead of a little more than 9 billion according to medium-growth scenario, "it might result in 1 billion to 2 billion fewer tons of carbon emissions".

Meanwhile, she said studies have also shown that family planning programs are more efficient in helping cut emissions, citing research by Thomas Wire of London School of Economics that states: "Each $7 spent on basic family planning would reduce CO2 emissions by more than one ton" whereas it would cost $13 for reduced deforestation, $24 to use wind technology, $51 for solar power, $93 for introducing hybrid cars and $131 electric vehicles.

She admitted that China's population program is not without consequences, as the country is entering the aging society fast and facing the problem of gender imbalance.

"I'm not saying that what we have done is 100 percent right, but I'm sure we are going in the right direction and now 1.3 billion people have benefited," she said.

She said some 85 percent of the Chinese women in reproductive age use contraceptives, the highest rate in the world. This has been achieved largely through education and improvement of people's lives, she said.

This holistic approach that integrates policy on population and development, a strategy promoting sustainable development of population, resources and environment should serve as a model for integrating population programs into the framework of climate change adaptation, she said.

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Blogger no_slappz said...

The Climate Problem is now characterized as a Population Problem. Too many of us.

It's that simple. The Climate Totalitarianists believe there are just too damn many people. And some of us have got to go.

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If they feel that the population is causing problems let then solve it with mass-suicides--and leave everyone else alone.

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