The IPCC's poster child for Climate Change - Bangladesh

The IPCC lists Bangladesh as the country most at risk from climate change.  But guess what?  Bangladesh is shifting its electricity generation from expensive imported gas to cheap domestic coal in order to increase its GDP.   “Bangladesh’s short-term economic and political costs resulting from not using its coal for the generation of electricity are far higher than the longer term costs resulting from climate change. This also explains why there are no specific plans for using the more costly renewable energy at any significant level for the publicly generated electricity,..”  In other words, Bangladesh is more concerned about being able to exploit its coal than it is about climate change.  Same goes for India and China come to think of it.

http://www.bangladeshstudies.org/files/WPS_no10.pdf

So we are supposed to worry about what climate change might do to Bangladesh, and agree to change our landscape with thousands of wind turbines, increase our cost of living subsidizing wind developers, accept deep divisions in our communities as wind projects pit neighbor against neighbor, and see government take over ever increasing aspects of our lives, while Bangladesh mines its coal,  sells most of it and generates its electricity with the rest, because not doing that would be worse than climate change!!!  The reason given for this is that lower GDP growth will lead to faster population growth, since less developed countries have higher birthrates.

Guess what else?  I’m done worrying about climate change, Bangladesh, sea level rise and the rest of it and I’m happy if I can grow ripe tomatoes here in comparatively frigid  New England.  How about we send John Baldacci, Angus King, Peter Shumlin, Dylan Voorhees, and Juliette Brown over there with a boatload of condoms? Maybe that will help reduce the real problem facing humanity – too many of us.  Bangladesh has 158 million people, half the population of the US,  in a country the size of Florida!  

Steve Thurston  12/9/15

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Comment by Pineo Girl on December 10, 2015 at 12:54pm

I am certain the same rationale that Angus king uses will be used to forgive the use of coal By Bangladesh " you industrialized nations have been polluting the world for years so why not us".  Angus king's staff response related to PTC's for wind and solar is " We've been giving tax credits for ethanol production for years so why not wind and solar?"  Two wrongs make a right?

Comment by Penny Gray on December 9, 2015 at 7:21pm

Yes, endless articles in BDN about Maine being the "oldest state in the nation".  One day an article about how there aren't enough jobs to employ all the Mainers, and the next day an article about how there aren't enough Mainers to fill all the jobs.  Without the work force paying taxes to support the political infrastructure and all their mysterious agendas, what would happen to the planet?  Birth control is a touchy subject, eh?

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on December 9, 2015 at 6:19pm

For some strange reasons population control has disappeared from the national and global conversation , while it was a popular subject in the sixties and seventies.

Now instead of promoting population control which has a logic goal ( the earth has finite resources )the entrepreneurs have realized that an endless supply of humans means an endless supply of consumers of everything from tooth paste to wind turbines !  

Comment by Penny Gray on December 9, 2015 at 6:05pm

Nobody talks about subjects like birth control.  Nobody dares.  Nothing we do will ever amount to a piss hole in the snow unless we talk about human population and the demands it places on this planet. 7 billion and growing fast.  Stand in one of the biggest cities, look around you, and imagine that wind turbines are powering it.  If you can picture that, you really need to get a grip on reality.

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