By JR on Sunday, October 25, 2015
Silly little hyphenated lady has drunk the Kool-Aid
The nicely-spoken Alice Bows-Larkin is an astrophysicist so you can understand her talking about global warming (?) The TED talks are supposed to be about new and exciting ideas but everything this dear lady said in her talk to the London TED in July was pure Warmist boilerplate, with not the slightest originality or any suggestion of evidence for her assertions. Nice graphs of what fellow-Warmists say had to be enough. But her conclusions were stern. See below. She wants "austerity". Since Leftists everywhere are vocally anti-austerity, I wonder how they will square that circle?
"The economist Nicholas Stern said that emission reductions of more than one percent per year had only ever been associated with economic recession or upheaval. So this poses huge challenges for the issue of economic growth, because if we have our high carbon infrastructure in place, it means that if our economies grow, then so do our emissions. So I'd just like to take a quote from a paper by myself and Kevin Anderson back in 2011 where we said that to avoid the two-degree framing of dangerous climate change, economic growth needs to be exchanged at least temporarily for a period of planned austerity in wealthy nations.
This is a really difficult message to take, because what it suggests is that we really need to do things differently. This is not about just incremental change. This is about doing things differently, about whole system change, and sometimes it's about doing less things".