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Our lives are becoming governed by hashtags and acronyms.
This morning we wake up to the news that #COP15 has reached an agreement. CO2 emissions, and their equivalents will be reduced so that our climate is limited to a 1.5C increase. A great and totally unexpected outcome.
Excepting that this means coal, oil and gas production must be reduced. What is the use of active coal mines and petroleum wells if their product is not being used. From my early reading of the Paris agreement, countries have either ten or 15 years before they need to show their progress in reducing carbon use. Plenty of time for multinationals to buy enough votes in an assortment of carbon-rich countries to increase the amount produced.
But there will be some forms of trade sanctions brought to bear on those nations which do not get behind the Paris Agreement and actually reduce their useage of carbon. Australia is using some creative accounting in its carbon use to appear as though enough is being done. The real numbers should, of course, include PRODUCTION of carbon emitting mine products as well. All that coal and coal-seam gas will add carbon to the atmosphere. It just will not be emitted here in Australia.
With our short-term electoral memory, the Trans Pacific Partnership has faded into the background of our consciousness. Yet if you think about it, the Paris Climate Agreement is the exact reason the multinational companies have been working so hard to get the TPP accepted by as many countries as possible.
Those multinationals which have created the problem of climate change have now set up a win-win situation for themselves.
One of the problems we “ordinary” people see with the TPP is that national sovereignty is lost as the Multinational Corporates gain the ability to sue National Governments for any losses Government legislation causes those corporates. Somehow, our “bought and paid-for” elected representatives do not see a problem with this.
We are now just waiting on the USA to finally sign the TPP and then, in ten or fifteen years, when “climate mitigating” Nations attempt to impose trade sanctions on “non-climate mitigating” Nations, the Multinationals get to take everyone to an International Court which they are setting up under the TPP and from which there is no appeal.
All the coal mines which will be approved in the next five or ten years, all the fracking wells encouraged by Governments will all be protected by the TPP. If any country dares to close them down they will be required to make huge reparations to the Multinationals involved, like Adani, like the Koch Bros, like Chevron.
Any country which signs up as a customer, such as India, which then makes a meaningful cut to their carbon use will also be in the firing line. How dare they take action which will reduce the profits of a Multinational?
The existence of the agreements with the acronyms “COP15” and “TPP” cause me to think back to my youth and a novel I read. Written in 1952 and set in an undefined future to protect the guilty, it was by Fredrick Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth. Originally named “Gravy Planet” and about corporations ruling the world and the wars being fought between themselves, it became “The Space Merchants”.
Like it or not, we are entering what was once only a fictional world where national pride is gone and corporate loyalty is all. And that 1.5C limit to the increase in world temperature will be the real fiction.
Look, I’m just your average educated bloke.
I know about science. I watch David Attenborough and I have read about that climate change, or global warming or whatever it is.
I have watched the You Tube reports by Lord Monckton on the subject and it is obvious that scientists disagree about the data. They all seem to have different conclusions. The only group which is consistent in their statements are the so-called “deniers”.
I have been taught that scientists work with real things and real data and so their conclusions are consistent. This must mean the deniers are much more believable.
I look at astro physics which is another of those silly subjects where the data is all confused and stuffed up. Those black holes, for instance. They were invented by Stephen Hawking years ago and he had to pay out on a bet he made with another scientist when stuff he said about black holes was proven to be wrong. Yet he is still considered an expert and the myth of black holes continues.
Then yesterday I found out that scientists disagree about the theory of Gravity. I have been told that most science is about theories. I have a theory that scientists only think these things up to keep their highly paid jobs as professors and researchers.
These scientists can’t even trust the numbers from the original scientists and they have pretended to find a new way to show how strong gravity is. Naturally the numbers are different and this proves how fraudulent these modern science people are.
I know about science and true science doesn’t change. Just like the Bible doesn’t change. The data about how strong gravity is is now all confused. I have lost complete faith in this fraudulent “gravity” stuff. It is just like Climate Change. Has anyone even seen it? Science is sporting equipment? Ridiculous! How silly do they think we are?
I’m going ignore all the false signs of gravity from now on, just as I ignore the false information about Climate Change.
So-called science is all a fake. Why, next they will be telling us they can cure diseases by sticking needles in our arms. And they probably won’t stick those things in adult arms cos adults can hit back. No. They will pick on defenceless kids.
Then they will tell us that Murphy’s Law is wrong and buttered toast sometimes lands butterside up!
But no one would fall for that.
Not that we will fall in future because you need gravity to fall.
Jennifer had begun working for her Phd in Theoretical Physics.
Her major interest was in what changes differing events may bring about at both macro and micro levels.
The research group she was working with was attempting to find links between the theoretical and physical events.
After a hard Thursday, she was hanging up her white coat and putting her clipboard into her locker when her group leader told her that tomorrow was Friday and was designated as Causal Friday.
“Causal Day?” Jennifer asked.
“Yes,” replied her boss. “Everything we do will have effects.”