“Our flustered activity will do nothing to alter CO2 concentrations, any more than it could cause the satellites of Jupiter to become bigger or smaller.”
– Société de Calcul Mathématique, SA
Yesterday I posted excerpts from a white paper issued by the Paris-based Société de Calcul Mathématique, SA.
Here are a few more excerpts from that paper:
Born of absurdity, the jolly crusade soon lost all coherence, replacing its initial slogan of ‘reducing CO2‘ with the banner of ‘eradicating everything that is bad for the planet‘. This is where everyone started chipping in and naming their victims, so that in a very short time every human activity became some denigrator‘s target. Without any checks, validations or verifications, the happy torturers made the most of their new power. Such commitment, such an abundance of means for so many years, such blinkered vision, such determination could not but have an effect, not on the planet but on the crusaders themselves – a little like an army setting off to wage war which has to cross a desert, going in deeper and deeper every day, so that every day it becomes a little harder to turn back.
France is now verging on the ideology of an underdeveloped nation, seeking to husband its scarce resources, share them, recycle them – anything rather than manufacture new products, because ‘it‘s bad for the planet‘.
The good people tremble: we‘re living in a foul atmosphere; something must be done. Thank goodness we have the Ministry of Ecology! The good people are delighted that so much care is being taken and that science is being put to such good use.
Nobody, at any time, has bothered to ask what ‘the air has to be clean‘ really means. Nobody has asked the following simple, silly questions:
– What is the normal, usual composition of the atmosphere? The usual atmosphere is not ‘clean‘; it is a mixture of all sorts of dusts and gases. Have we properly studied the atmosphere‘s composition and its variability? The atmosphere is not the same everywhere or all of the time.
– Do we actually need the atmosphere to be cleaner? By their very nature, human beings are able to adapt to any environment. France has no public health problems linked to the composition of the atmosphere: it has one of the longest life expectancies in the world.
– What is the economic cost going to be of all these measures to alter the composition of the atmosphere? Will we still be able to have a manufacturing industry and transport sector? What might the negative consequences be?
These questions have never been asked, and they will never be asked. The decision that has been taken is legitimate because ‘it‘s good for the planet‘. The crusade begins, with the usual cortège of false virtues: there are ‘soft‘ modes of transport, ‘virtuous‘ industries, imbecilic Ministry advertisements calling on us to ‘pedal for the planet‘.
What we are talking about here is a full-blown mystical delusion. It is difficult to believe that some of our policymakers have degrees in engineering.
See entire white paper:
Thanks to the Société de Calcul Mathématique, SA, for this link.
“A white paper is an authoritative report or guide that informs readers concisely about a complex issue and presents the issuing body’s philosophy on the matter,” according to Wikipedia. “:It is meant to help readers understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision.”