The Perilous Deceit behind Emission Targets

GHG Target

In the months leading up to the UN climate change conference in Paris this December there will likely be increasing chatter about emission targets – the percentage decrease in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that must be achieved by a specified date. The most ambitious of these may well appear to be serious attempts to address the crisis of global warming.[1] For example, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) says that, “… the world’s industrialized nations will have to reduce their emissions an average of 70 to 80 percent below 2000 levels by 2050.”[2] Although such targets sound plausible, they are… Continue reading

Deep Concerns, Profound Illusions

Photo of Frank Rotering

In this initial blog post I would like to briefly explain this website’s rationale and to identify the topics I will address in the future. Based on the disturbing environmental events of recent years, numerous people on both the political right and left have become deeply concerned about the ecological crisis. Unfortunately, these concerns are largely negated by profound illusions that skew people’s thinking and prevent them from taking effective action. As well, few among the concerned have truly grasped the unprecedented, urgent, and existential nature of the crisis, and thus the transformative changes required to overcome it. Despite their… Continue reading