We may be very happy – in fact we must be – about the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen from December 7th to 18th, 2009, where the Eco-despots were finally defied. To me, China and the USA, with 25% of the global population and their high expertise, are not a quantité négligeable. Germany, the missionary of climate protection through CO2-reduction based entirely on domestic politics, represents a mere 1.3% of the global population, with a decreasing tendency. The representatives of the so called Third World are essentially subsidy conscious free-riders of the German mission.
We are grateful that nearly 300 years ago the maxim “Truth gives Freedom” was replaced by the realization that “Freedom gives Truth.” Unfortunately, however, people are inclined again and again to fall back behind this epochal achievement of mankind, as in the years 1917 to 1989 with the core 1933 to 1945, and further demonstrated by the present-day cult of the Eco-despots.
As a side note, icebergs do not melt because of green house gasses, and certainly not because of CO2, rather they melt due to endogenous climate change, intensified by the exogenous materials, chlorine and above all bromine nitrate.
The Eco-despots block the use of nuclear energy as a source of electricity production by asserting the false notion that the issue of waste disposal is insolvable, and they battle against the burning of coal and gas to generate power with the lie that CO2 causes damage.
They do this in order to get sun and wind through; some even do so to convert our competition-based society into a planned one.
The creed of alternative energy supresses the fact that sun and wind are by far insufficient to cover the increasing need for electricity based on
- rising prosperity in emerging economies, and
- the conversion of cars to electric motors and heating to electrically operated heat pumps. Both, in all other respects, are justified by their cost efficiency, with the added benefit of increased energy security and cleaner air.
The great shortcoming of the large-scale use of sun and wind for the production of electricity rests in the fact that there is no means for the mass storage thereof, which is absolutely necessary in order to compensate for the fact that the sun and wind cannot simultaneously produce enough energy to meet the demand or physical requirements.
Nevertheless, alternative sources can make a contribution, particularly through projects in larger geographical areas including those across national borders; but, please, without the pretext of a planned-economy - neither directly nor indirectly, rather companies should initialize and establish these projects through the market economy.
That the eco-despots are bigoted like all despots, and for all intents and purposes think only of their own particular business, is a fact only discussed on the outskirts – business through fear mongering! Also, power is business.
Alternatively: An Ethic
We do not need eco-despotism – especially that which is esoterically proven. We need a global ethic of utilizing nature that takes into account the fact that 9,000,000,000 people will inevitably inhabit Earth.
The foundation of this ethic is that in the future, as far as it is possible, people will have to live within closed material cycles. Thus it is essential to define what that means. Mankind needs this ethic for its old world very soon, considerably earlier than it will need to practice its technical transformation for the realities of life on the moon.
An example regarding the theme of material cycles: Radioactive decay, which allows the radiation of stored waste to disappear over time, is a very helpful law of nature and should be accepted as such within the concept of material cycles, whereby the question arises: what is the acceptable time period in the dumping of nuclear waste after which there is no more radiation, knowing well that this timeframe is dependant upon the composition of the nuclear waste in each case? At the most, that interval should not be longer than the age of the "Moriae Encomium” of Erasmus from Rotterdam, so around 500 years. Such a period would probably be ethically acceptable, particularly since it is physically possible and technically feasible.
Developing this ethic is admittedly a challenge, especially for intellectuals who must eventually play a part; in particular those from densely populated countries. In this regard, German intellectuals could offer a proposal, possibly together with their Indian counterparts, whose entire country is closely populated much like the small German state Baden-Württemberg, which has about 350 inhabitants per square kilometer.
Unfortunately, intellectuals and politicians fawn over the eco-despots, who spread a mixture of fear and know-it-all attitudes, overriding understanding; which populists from any political orientation are only too happy to employ.
Dr.-Ing. Heinrich Bonnenberg is a member of The German Council on Foreign relations (DGAP) in Berlin, Germany.
Translated from German by Stefan Ducich, Atlantic Community Editorial Staff
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