Ignoring domination of fossil fuels is not ‘hopeful’.Posted: July 23, 2017
The Editor, The Sunday Star Times, Auckland
17 July, 2017
Shamubeel Eaqub (9 July, World hope springs eternal) says, “… we should be mindful of the costs of growth on the environment and climate change . . .”, then ignores the most challenging aspect of that. Most of the accomplishments he mentions of the last 200 years have been made possible by the ability to use concentrated energy sourced from fossil fuels, the energy laid down in the dinosaur age.
What we know about climate change, and this is the taboo subject of our politics, is that the fossil fuel age is coming to a close. There is already enough known reserves of fossil fuels to likely take the temperature rise over 2 degrees when burned, and then what?
By perpetuating this taboo Mr Eaqub smothers hope, not enhances it.