Sunday, August 08, 2004

Kyoto

In his comment below, Kevin offers an alternate opinion to the standard scientific line on global warming. Kara expresses mixed feelings about wind farms.

With thoughtful and reasoned voices on both sides of these contentious issues, it seems prudent to err on the side of caution.

Ireland is a signatory to the Kyoto conventions on reducing greenhouse gases and takes its responsibility seriously, unlike the present US administration which seem determined to err on the side of profligacy.

Ireland has now had two years of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and is on the way to meeting its 2010 Kyoto target of 13 percent emissions above 1990 levels. More wind farms are coming, and more reliance on natural gas rather than carbon-intensive coal, peat and oil. Even livestock flatulence has been eased by small reductions in the numbers of animals.

Yet Ireland's economy continues to boom. The standard of living and quality of life here now compares favorably with that in America.