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October 31, 2006

George Monbiot on the Stern Report

Quite wonderful. Out comes this great big thick report talking about how it is essential that we have international co-operation to deal with climate change and emissions. Indeed, it's repeated several times that whatever we do on our own will have no effect whatsoever, being entirely swamped by rises elsewhere.

Out comes George with a set of proposals that only affect the UK, have no international effect or co-operation which will cost a fortune and involve some very fascist style compulsion: not to say the invention of some new technologies by around about the middle of next year.

Wondrous truly wondrous.

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The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





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Posted by: sushil_yadav | Oct 31, 2006 9:24:56 AM

Moonbat was out in force yesterday hitting every TV show that was having him. He was pleased that the parties were competing to see who could destroy the economy be seen as more green.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge | Oct 31, 2006 9:31:42 AM

I like this bit

"Ensuring that all new homes in the UK are built to the German Passivhaus standard (which requires no heating system). Timescale: in force by 2012."

Orientating homes to maximise passive solar gain in a site layout will require twice as much land as currently planned. Moonbat is suggesting we build over more of the greenbelt

Tim adds: Twice? I thought it was 4?

Posted by: alan | Oct 31, 2006 9:37:09 AM

(1) rather than simple refutation by assertion, it would be useful to see costings for Monbiot's proposed plans and whether they are greater than the 1% of UK GDP (as a yardstick) proposed by Stern. A bit of CBA is called for, methinks.

(2) Tim - your blog (like Stern's report) fails to take into account environmental thresholds. Marginal damage costs for CO2 emitted look at first to increase linearly. But, shock horror, increase exponentially once it becomes readily apparent that there is only one atmosphere.

Posted by: Mark EJ | Oct 31, 2006 11:32:12 AM

Look, there's only one thing you need to know about the Moonbat. And that is in former times he was devout Communist. His columns railed on and on about the evils of Capitalism and the delightful, utopian vision that the Soviets held for us.

The collapse of Soviet states removed his whole raison d'etre. Except that he just reinvented himself as a greener than everyone else environmentalist.

And the message? Still the same, Capitalism is evil, must be destroyed.

The Environmentalism is just a convenient new tool to beat us all with.

The man's a charlatan and a dangerous one.

Posted by: Geoff | Oct 31, 2006 5:49:48 PM

sushil_yadav - I read that nonsense, and it's enough to make anyone depressed.

As for Moonbat, I've only got two words for that green dictator, 'nuclear power'.

Oh, that applies you as well Yadav.

Posted by: Courtney Hamilton | Oct 31, 2006 7:03:28 PM


Tim adds: Twice? I thought it was 4?

In relation to the market that we operate (out of town detached family at 8 an acre) its twice.

In relation to England overall the average built density in 2005 was 17, http://www.cpre.org.uk/campaigns/planning/housing-supply/housing-in-england-key-facts.htm

So it would mean over 4 times as much land would be required for new build. I stand corrected.

Posted by: alan | Nov 1, 2006 11:22:50 AM