Skutečné nebezpečí globálního oteplování

PRAHA – Jsem překvapen, jak mnoho lidí v Evropě, ve Spojených státech i jinde v současnosti lne k podpoře politiky vyrůstající z hysterie nad globálním oteplováním, zejména legislativy limitů a povolenek k redukci emisí skleníkových plynů a dotací pro „zelené“ zdroje energie. Jsem přesvědčen, že se jedná o scestnou strategii, a to nejen kvůli nejistotě rizik, jež by globální oteplování mohlo znamenat, ale i kvůli jistotě újmy, již tyto navrhované politiky usilující o jeho zmírňování, přivodí.

Byl jsem pozván, abych o tomto tématu pojednal na konferenci v kalifornské Santa Barbaře. Mezi posluchači byli přední podnikatelé, kteří doufají, že na politikách limitů a obchodu s povolenkami a na subvencích do obnovitelné energie a „zelených“ pracovních míst vydělají. Radou, kterou jsem jim dal, bylo nepropadat této hysterii.

V realizaci politik, které by měly zmírnit globální oteplování, je Evropa o několik let dál než USA. Všechny členské země Evropské unie ratifikovaly Kjótský protokol a přijaly širokou škálu politik ke snížení emisí a splnění svých kjótských cílů.

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