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.
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