Saturday, 4 October 2008

the debate of the VP's : view on climate change

Even in Belgium, the US elections make front page news. This of course isn't a surprise, for US is the single most powerful country in the world.
This has implications for the climate topic too : US is the country consuming most oil in the world, both per capita as in total. Actually Belgium's consumption per capita is very high in the rankings too, but as Belgium only has a population of 10 million, the total consumption isn't all that high compared to US, a country consuming 25% of all oil in the world.

Because of this high level of consumption, the national climate policy of the US has an enormous impact on the entire globe. Therefore it's very intersting to see what the candidates in the vice presidential debate held earlier this week had to say about the subject :



Sarah Palin has been critised in the past for saying "I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made". In my opinion in the debate she's trying to express the same thought without actually saying it aloud. Miss palin is not able to convince me her policy would be about anything more than "oil, oil and more oil".

That there indeed are cyclical natural changes does not imply mankind has not any impact. Oddly, many people fail to be able to see this argument is a fallacy, and it's something you hear surprisingly often.

This video is the very first time i saw Biden speak, and he seems to have a more balanced view on the topic. But as said, i don't know anything about this man, as in Belgian media, Miss Palin runs away with all the attention. I'm not going to judge Mister Biden on this small video.

For me, the quote of the debate is this one by Sarah Palin :
we gotta become energy independent (...) as we rely more and more on other countries that don't care as much about the climate as we do.
Maybe it's just my sense of humour, but i had to laugh hearing those words coming out her mouth.


To finish two small yet interesting maps : the first one giving a quick overview of the oil consumption per capita.



and the second one giving a quick overview of the CO2 emissions (not just from oil) per capita :

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