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CyborgJesusPosted: Nov 28, 2011 - 15:12

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I have somewhat mixed feelings about the new series of calls for environmental protection and sustainable industry. I'll call it movement for now, although I think it's really more of a trend or meme.

Indeed I think that a lot of the concerns - fighting climate change and pollution, reducing the depletion and waste of essential resources, even minimizing the loss of species are quite reasonable as long as they're not taken to ridiculous extremes and I disagree with most of the counterclaims, I question the economics of nuclear power when accounting for externalities and I'm somewhat critical of consumerism on a macro-scale.

Still, I don't find the sustainability movement appealing at all. I don't see myself as "green" and I automatically associate the idea with hippies and idealistic blabber.

I'm not exactly sure why, I obviously dislike the emotional branding that is used here, but I feel similarly about the left, yet I'm quite happy to associate myself with (some of) them, as long as the position makes sense on a logical level and doesn't enter crazytown.

Am I just an industrialist at heart? How do you feel about the issue?
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Agent MattPosted: Nov 28, 2011 - 16:08

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Is there any evidence that increasing regulation on industry will reverse climate change?
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CyborgJesusPosted: Nov 28, 2011 - 16:27

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Reverse? I'm not sure, but I don't think so. Most actions proposed are imo aimed at decreasing further warming and avoiding a positive feedback loop, which is probably the best we can hope for, given the circumstances.
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