Burning oil is brilliant

by Milan on December 20, 2010

in Climate change, Climate science, Objections

One important point which I think it made in David Mitchell’s entertaining commentary on climate change is that it is usually inappropriate for environmentalists to object to harmful activities in and of themselves, rather than on account of the harm they cause to people and the natural environment:

I want to see a global warming expert acknowledge that burning oil, and the various machines we’ve invented that burn oil, is brilliant and it’s a real pisser we can’t do it anymore. But we can’t, because of facts.

Doing things like flying helicopters and blasting off into space are glamorous and exciting. While there is a tiny subset of people who aspire to minimalism and simplicity for their own sake, that crowd will probably never be large enough to drive climate policy forward in time to avert real catastrophe.

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Tristan December 23, 2010 at 12:30 am

More evidence that burning oil is brilliant: Top Gear’s one-gallon supercar race. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT4y3om8lus

Milan December 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm

There’s another good line in the Mitchell video:

“I’m as big a fan of fossil fuel burning big fast metal things as the next man – and I do mean ‘man’. But I just can’t persuade myself that climate change isn’t happening”.

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