Solving That Emissions Problem

by Val Germann

Those ever-resourceful Japanese have finally figured out how to fix the world’s emissions problem. Yes, it’s true, and it was pretty easy to do, too, their “solution” featuring just about zero cost. The quote below, from an article appearing on today’s TERRADAILY web site, gives the general drift:

A senior Japanese official said Monday that 2005 would be fair for a base year in a new deal on slashing greenhouse gases . . .

Now, see there, look how easy that was! Yes, indeed, that IS “thinking outside the box” to the benefit of everyone. Who would have thought that all one had to do was change that pesky baseline and, voila, the problem instantly would become only a fading memory. What a concept!

I think that the EU will fall into line with this way of thinking pretty soon, too, because that would get them out of their current “fix” concerning emissions:

The European Union has set a self-binding target of cutting the bloc’s overall greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent by 2020, compared with 1990 levels.

As has been reported here at Star Phoenix Base, that requirement is going to chafe quite a bit if the EU actually intends to live up to it, which has always been doubtful. But with the Japanese showing the way there seems to be little problem with the Europeans changing a few digits in their mission statment and gaining almost instant compliance! After all, it is “self-binding.”

Finally, one hopes that this will at last put to rest all the doom and gloom over world emissions of CO2 and other so-called “greenhouse gases.” As the Japanese have shown, all of that is a matter of definition, something for the lawyers and bean counters to decide while the rest of us get on with business as usual.

It’s all going to work out fine after all, isn’t it?

About Val

I am a long-time teacher of science and astronomy with a strong interest in resource conservation and the environment.
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