10_ Fuel_of_Thought 14/5/07 3:50 pm Page 449 FUEL FOR THOUGHT 18-3 FACTS AND IRRELEVANCIES ENERGY COOPERATION AND POLITICS ENERGY SECURITY RISKS CLIMATE CHANGE POLITICS AND ECONOMICS EMISSION TARGETS, TRADE AND SEQUESTRATION WILL INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT PROSPER? IPCC/KYOTO NEWS AND VIEWS THE SCIENCE DEBATE CONTINUES NUCLEAR NEWS LAST WORDS The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. (H.L. Mencken) The debate over the science of climate change is well and truly over. The window of opportunity to avoid dangerous climate change is closing more quickly than previously thought. (David Miliband, UK government, February 2007) A hypothesis is always preferable to the truth, for we tailor a hypothesis to fit our opinion of the truth, whereas the truth is only its own awkward self. Ergo, never discover the truth when a hypothesis will do. (Machiavelli, The Prince) FACTS • The UN Climate Change Secretariat reported in October that GHG emissions from industrialised countries had fallen 3.3% from 1990 to 2004 – but between 2000 and 2004, emissions rose by 2.4%. • The spot price of uranium has risen from $10 (U3O8) to $50. • Wholesale energy prices in the UK have fallen by
Energy & Environment – SAGE
Published: Jul 1, 2007
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