In view of the grave concerns raised by 5 to 17 year old children on the impact of CO2 on the Earth’s climate, the government will introduce legislation to address the most pressing issue of our times, namely CO2 emissions and the ensuing climate mayhem that they cause. See Appendix 1.
CO2 has risen to record levels from 0.0280% (pre-industrial) to 0.0405% today. See Appendix 2.
The policy, inspired by the GND, has four main aspects, for starters:
1) Adult Only Flights
As of 1 January 2020, juveniles below the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to fly on commercial flights within the USA and between the USA and foreign destinations. A reciprocal arrangement will apply to incoming flights that will not be allowed to land on US soil, if there are juveniles on board.
The government appreciates this will have a major impact on family holidays and tourism. But that is the policy goal. We can no longer allow families flying all over the place simply for the sake of seeking some sunshine. Tourism is just one of the most useless and resource wasteful activities known to Mankind. What is the point in wrecking the Earth’s climate to go and gaze at the Eiffel Tower, or to go visit Euro Disney, when an equally enjoyable time can be had at our homegrown attractions?
The government appreciates this is going to have a catastrophic impact on the airline and airport industries. But that is a policy goal. We can longer condone these evil, polluting companies. The US will press our allies throughout the OECD to follow suit.
Given time this should also have a catastrophic impact on the airplane manufacturing sectors. We expect Boeing and GE to be hardest hit.
2) An End to Cruise and Ferry Lines
The government is often accused of lacking foresight and we wish to stress that we are smart enough to recognize that selfish, polluting families may simply try to avoid the adult-only flight policy by using cruise and ferries boats instead. The government sees no way of tackling this problem other than to close down all cruise and ferry lines.
- The activity of transporting a two-ton SUV on board a ship running on filthy, dirty bunker fuel needs to be consigned to history.
- The idea of families boarding a ship to simply drive around Europe looking at stuff, while wrecking the Earth’s climate, needs to be stopped.
The government is aware that these policies may seem to be anti-tourism. Nothing could be further from the truth. We remain committed to a robust, albeit crippled, tourist industry.
Children will simply need to learn how to enjoy beach holidays at home. And to prove this point, children will still be allowed to travel on all-electric trains. And really rich families will even be allowed to take cars on trips, so long as they are all-electric vehicles.
3) An End to Driving to School
The government will introduce a ban on children being driven to school by their parents in petrol or diesel cars.
We will continue to allow children of very wealthy families to be driven to school in all-electric vehicles.
Hybrid plug-in electric vehicles will not face an immediate, ban but will be phased out over three years.
To enforce this ban children will be encouraged to spy on their friends (or enemies) by taking pictures of children covertly being dropped off just around the corner and sharing these images on social media. This should create a deterrent to “illegal child dropping”.
4) Phasing Out of Gas or Oil Heating Systems in Schools
The government will introduce a bill to phase out gas or oil heating systems in all our schools by 2022. Schools will instead be obliged to install all-electric heating that runs exclusively on in-situ, off-grid, renewable energy systems. Using the latest SMART technology it is anticipated that this should be simple and straightforward to achieve.
Here’s the clever part. Children of all ages (5 to 17) will be allowed to participate in designing these SMART heating systems. The Government does not have spare funds to support this initiative ,so schools will have to pay for it out of existing budgets. However, since renewable energy prices have tumbled, paying for this should not be a problem. If schools struggle to meet this bill, they will be encouraged to either lay-off staff or ask parents to pay for this vital flagship policy.
The temperature graph for Central England covering about 350 years is shown below. This chart was chosen, because New England does not have such a temperature record.
The UK is world leader in Climate Change Science and blessed to have one of the longest and continuous temperature records in the world called the Central England Temperature (CET) record that serves as a textbook example of the mayhem burning fossil fuels has caused to our climate. One just needs to look at how the lines wiggle up and down to understand the gravity of the problem.
The CET data is interesting, as it shows climate scientists were correct by predicting winters would be more affected (average temperature increase) than summers. They similarly predicted polar regions would be more affected.
Figure 4 Central England Temperature record. The climate melt down since 1900 is there for all to see. British children are to set an example to the rest of the world by cutting out foreign holidays and walking to school
The CO2 fraction pro-RE folks think you should worry about.
1% (parts per hundred) = 10,000 ppm (parts per million).
The increase in CO2 from 0.028% (pre-industrial) to 0.0405% (today) is calculated as follows:
(280 ppm / 1,000,000)*100 = 0.0280%
(405 ppm / 1,000,000)*100 = 0.0405%
We could say CO2 has increased by (0.0405-0.028)/0.028 * 100 = 44.6429% (which is “catastrophic!”, per pro-RE folks.)
Alternatively we could say CO2 has increased by 0.0405 - 0.028 = 0.0125% of Earth’s atmosphere (this is such a tiny number no one can even imagine it. By itself, it could have only a very minor impact on global warming).
These numbers are a factor of 44.6429 / 0.0125 = 3571.432 different.
The correct way to calculate the % (percent) change in CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere is one of the great scientific challenges facing the climate science community today.
Our very survival and whether to spend 85 TRILLION DOLLARS to proceed with the GND depend on our scientists, politicians, etc., getting this right!
Credit for this appendix goes to Think Like a Mountain
- Leonardo DiCaprio: CO2 has risen by 44.6429%!
- Unwashed commoners: The increase in the atmosphere's CO2 is 0.0125%
- Unwashed commoners who prefer fractions over %'s: The increase in the atmosphere is:
- Unwashed commoners who prefer visualization by pie chart: The increase in the atmosphere is:
Maybe we'd be better off if we shifted from decarbonization to de-DiCaprio-ization.
Shall we graph his CO2 "footprint" versus that of the average unwashed commoner?