I suspect the last post decrying the Direct Action policy of the Liberal government as a pointless tree hugging exercise would probably be greeted as neither fish nor fowl for most. That is a good thing, though it will hardly prove popular, since pointing out that a market mechanism for carbon trading is ironically more of a hard-nosed free market economic based reform than Direct Action will hardly prove popular with anyone.
The problem with most green politics types is that they are too concerned about hugging trees, and waste their time and breath trying to convert their political rivals into fellow tree huggers. Sadly, however well meaning such sentimental environmentalism is, it is a complete waste of time, since it merely preaches to the converted, but will prove perfectly counter-productive, as it constitutes an open invitation for contrarian right-wingers to increase their wanton destruction of the environment for monetary gain.
Previous studies have suggested that focussing on the economic benefits of the development of a clean energy future is far more effective as a means generating positive views about the field. That is why it is probably totally ineffectual to harp on about global warming doomsday scenarios, however perfectly scientifically accurate they may be.
The following is an excellent example of a mainstream investment advisor’s perspective on the clean energy sector:
Keep in mind that this is not a video from a green energy investment group. Note that the speaker says that with the increasing demands for energy from growth in the developing world, there will simply be insufficient fossil fuel to meet future energy demands. The solution is simple: invest in technology to manufacture clean fuels at will without having to enter into a conflict over a dwindling resource.
As for the negative opinion about solar energy expressed by the speaker in the video, we should remember that solar cells are still a technology in its infancy. We should not forget this fact:
Solar panels may be bulky, cumbersome, and inefficient today, but that will change in due course. The same technological transformations will advance solar energy as it did IT technology.
And, the simple fact is that the masters of the world tomorrow will be those who own the clean energy patents, not those who hold geopolitical hegemony over Middle Eastern oil fields. That means that with every day that goes by, fossil fuels technology is getting closer to going the way of the abacus and the dial-up modem. Waging multi-trillion dollar wars in the Middle East, or propping up dubious political regimes to divide and conquer for hegemony over Middle Eastern oil fields will simply be reduced to a pointless and unnecessary waste of time and money. That is bad news for Israel.
The struggle for geopolitical rivalry over energy sources is ancient. For example, the war between the Roman Empire and the Carthaginian Empire can be seen as an energy resource driven geopolitical rivalry. The oil over which they fought was olive oil, or more specifically they fought to gain hegemony over the olive oil trade routes. That was the fuel that they burnt in lamps, cooked with, and traded in. Whoever had political hegemony over Mediterranean trade routes had hegemony over the known Western world, including over the Middle East, over which the Roman Empire maintained better long term control than any other Western empire before or since.
Today, geopolitical tensions in the Middle East are being fueled by a quite different kind of oil. Yet even WWII can be seen as struggle for hegemony over oil supplies. The British, Americans, and Russians maintained control over oil fields, with the result that Germany and Japan simply ran out of oil to continue fighting.
Subsequent battles between American backed Israel and Arab nations are all a continuation of this struggle for sovereignty over oil fields. Alas, the Pax Americana has proven to be as unstable as the Pax Britannica that once ruled over the Middle East. Both of these powers could have learnt a thing or two from the way the Romans not only won the war, but convincingly won the peace, the Pax Romana, in the Middle East.
However, the time when maintenance of energy driven need for Middle Eastern hegemony is gradually coming to an end. That means that the race is on for technological hegemony within the coming clean energy technology sector. Unfortunately, we have a Prime Minister in Tony Abbott who has loudly committed himself to an Australian energy future based on a 20th century technology that is rapidly aging, and looks set to become redundant. That means Australia has committed itself to a future of economic and technological redundancy. This represents nothing less than Tony Abbott’s personal death-wish for the economic future of Australia.