Monday, October 30, 2006

Want less funding for the war effort? Ignore climate change

I think I’ve finally discovered the way to convince Right-wing ideologues of the necessity for taking action to prevent further climate change. Wayne Swan, Australia’s opposition treasury spokesman, has been talking to Sir Nicholas Stern about the Stern Review:

The report puts the global cost of global warming and its effects at $A9 trillion - a bill greater than the combined cost of the two world wars and the Great Depression. It represents a fifth of the global economy.

Now, imagine $9 trillion less for the world economy. There’d be no money left for invading liberating countries you don’t like, as wars tend to be rather expensive exercises. This would constitute your average wingnut’s worst nightmare. Time to spread the word.
And here is the rest of it.