"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Friday, June 15, 2007

W on GW

Top Ten President Bush Global Warming Solutions according to Letterman.


PaulS said...

Letterman's first item , "Instead of 'Partly sunny,' have weatherman say 'Partly cloudy'", is actually very much on target - not off the wall as his writers may have thought.

Hip, young TV writers may not know, but what is now called "partly sunny" used to be called "partly cloudy." The change was made at the behest of the tourist "industry" in a minor attempt to increase consumption of their product; the Weather Bureau (now Weather Service), as a government arm, had to bow to Congressional pressure. That was, of course, at a time when when no one, except perhaps M. King Hubbert, was much concerned about oil or fuel consumption.

Michael Tobis said...

Didn't Letterman start his career as a weatherman on an Indiana TV station, by the way?

inel said...

GW on GW always makes me wonder when someone would come up with a valid three-letter acronym Global Warming B**** that can be printed.

By the way, have you seen wonderingman42 on GW (or as he calls it GCC, yet?) He is on YouTube, Break, and reasic sent me the link on Celsias, where I chipped in.

The video has runaway success under the Humor tag at BreakDotCom, and there are already two patches posted that are worth watching for a number of reasons.

Worth tracking as a serious idea, as well as an effective, light-hearted response to JunkScience.