Tim Worstall spotted a new article by Jonathon Porritt. However something else in Jonathon's article grabbed my eye.
Somewhere between 35-50% of the Maldivian economy is dependent on tourism. Without it, his economy is stuffed. .... So the President thanked us for coming... He also thanked us, as a bunch of greenies, for bearing our carbon guilt with good grace, and hoped we would all offset the emissions caused...So the Maldives depend on tourism. Tourism is by definition from the eco greenies a highly dangerous activity for the future of the world. They tell us not to fly to exotic locations for our holidays. Or else places like the Maldives will disappear under the sea. Tourism should be stopped because of all the flights people take for their holidays. So that means the end to the Maldives either way. Or does it?
Eco greenies are still keen on their "guilty pleasures" and so to stop feeling hypocritical they invented the carbon trading machine. A system which means that you pay for your pleasure by putting money towards some green scheme such as planting trees. Thank god! The Maldives have been saved. However it hasn't stopped them being hypocritical.
This carbon offsetting is a tax. So you either pay less for your holiday and don't go to the Maldives or you spend less in the Maldives. Either way the Maldives gets less money. So the Maldives lose out no matter what. For the Maldives read any other holiday destination.
PS. What Jonathon Porritt is doing in the Maldives when "his lot" is against the general unwashed from wasting CO2 is beyond me. Why not video conference like they always preach to the rest of us?