Liberty and Owain. American middle class domestic extremist living out in the Fens.
A distraction is what results from believing that a part of the 'climate-solution' actually 'is' the 'climate-solution? If that suggestion is correct, then the solution to that 'distraction-by-part' is to integrate it with the whole from which it has become apart.For example for any of us to view carbon taxes & carbon trading as complementary or as mutually exclusive rivals, in a 'carbon-justice' whole that hasn't been defined isn't 'wrong' so much as 'incomplete'. Different people will pursue different bits of all this but that doesn't by definition make it complete either.Surely the defining aspect of what is complete is achieving safe and stable future GHG concentration (whether defined as UNFCCC-compliance or not) at a *rate* at which we achieve not low but no-carbon (or maybe net-no-carbon) in other words it involves a *date* (e.g. 2050) doesn't it?Certainly if a *rate and a date* are involved in this, then a *weight* of carbon consistent with that can be calculated too? Whether we call this a 'carbon budget' or not is irrelevant and people should feel free to call it whatever they like. Its the weight rate and date that are relevant.Once that is done, there is a basis on which not just to consider but also to measure the whole of which taxes, traded-budgets, technology-conversion (with or without 'nuclear power) are not longer apart from, but come together in an ensemble where it is possible to consider properly what becomes the key question of all, *what is the cost of doing too-little-too-late * versus the cost of doing enough soon enough?If any wonder if that is right and if so what might one do in the light of that, here is a tool that might help that evaluation,CBAT http://cbat.info/#domain-1/feedbackelaborated a bit here http://www.gci.org.uk/CBAT_MkII_Explanation.htmlSo far there have been some quite good reactions to ithttp://www.gci.org.uk/CBAT_MkII_Appreciation.htmlSolving a problem by doing too little too late makes a nonsense of the very idea of 'climate justice'.