The Conservatives and climate change

Simon Wren-Lewis, in his mainly macro blog, points out that there is a big disconnect between Conservative party words and action on climate change. Their words are vaguely green, and imply that they take climate change seriously. Their actions are not in the slightest bit green.

In an earlier article, George Monbiot noted a part of the innocently titled ‘Infrastructure Bill’ currently going through parliament. Section (36, p39) is headed ‘Maximising economic recovery of UK petroleum’. Its principle objective is to do just that. Now it does not take a climate scientist to realise that trying to restrict our use of fossil fuels to avoid climate change requires leaving quite a lot of them in the ground. So this bill suggests that whatever the UK government says about climate change, the UK contribution in terms of limiting extraction of oil will be exactly zero.

On the whole, most people in the UK are not climate change deniers, so the Conservative party probably isn’t going to come out openly on that side of the debate.  But that won’t mean that they won’t behave like climate change deniers.


Interesting links

I’ve found these interesting, in one way or another:

  1. Is the eurozone a casino? The current betting strategy is madness.
  2. Do what I say, not what I do.
  3. xkcd’s really on a roll at the moment — one for mathematicians.
  4. One for your Christmas list. It would be so cool!
  5. You should choose your Christmas cards carefully if you’ve got any astronomer friends.
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Interesting links

Some things I’ve found interesting:

  1. Have you seen those Google ads on the tube? The example they give of a strong password isn’t so strong after all. It’s always worth checking the statistics.
  2. The important field – as usual with xkcd, make sure you read the alt-text
  3. Language is not writing, and some myths that arise from the mis-identification
  4. Sometimes, animations are the best way of showing data. This is a great one on global warming.
  5. Don’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia – and remember the alt-text!

The real cost of keeping warm

If we are to deal with climate change, the price of carbon-intensive energy is going to have to rise, says Tim Harford.

It makes sense. We have to reduce our energy use, and pricing is a good mechanism to help that along. Along the same lines, fuel duty is a Good Thing.