... and furthermore (while I'm up here on my very spacious, lonely bandwagon)...
From The Australian "Cut & Paste" July 9, 2008
Garnaut might be right, give or take a trillion dollars
ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann, who trained for the priesthood, bares his soul on climate change on Insiders.
As a former seminarian, one of the things that strikes me about this debate is its theological nature. That's essentially that we have sinned against the environment and that we are now being punished, and the only way we can escape that punishment is to wear a hairshirt for the rest of our lives and hope that in the next life, and in our children's lives, and in our children's children's lives, that things will get better.
Now, I'm willing to sign up for that. But this is a very long caravan and there are plenty of lunatics attached to the end of it.
I do not believe every proposition that's been put. When the weather department can tell me what the weather is going to be like next Friday with any certainty and Treasury can get to within a million dollars of what the surplus is going to be next year, I'll believe an economic model that marries those two things and casts them out over a hundred years.
I'll make one prediction: that whatever number (Ross) Garnaut puts on where we'll be in 2100, it will be at least a trillion dollars either way wrong.
EXACTLY right! How many millions, trillions, gazillions are we spending on this nonsense because no-one has the balls, especially now that we've travelled down the road someway and an admission at a high level could be a tad embarrassing, to stand up and say ENOUGH OF THIS BULLSHIT?