Regional Railways

07 December 2007
Solving climate change.  Socialism is not the only answer.
Patrick Crozier

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For the sake of the planet

Personally I am a climate change agnostic.  I don’t know if it is happening or not.  If it is, I don’t know what is causing it and I don’t know if it is worth doing anything about it.

However, lots of people have been baptised into the anthropogenic warming religion and they seem to be the majority.

OK, well that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, and lots of people think that they can use climate change to push a socialist agenda, hence the proliferation of high-speed railways and bus lanes, but that is no reason why we libertarians can’t play the same game.  So instead of getting all huffy and puffy about it wouldn’t the best thing be to be use this flavour of the month to push a free-market agenda?

Take loss-making out-of-the-way railways.  As I have.  These could go tomorrow.  For the sake of the planet of course.

And what about speed bumps?  They may save the lives of small children but they definitely cause cars to slow down and accelerate, causing more pollution and killing the planet.  What’s more important little children or the survival of life on earth?  Come on now, it’s an easy one.

Or, what about environmentally-friendly 60-ton mega-lorries?

And then there’s crumple zones on trains.  Sure, they make it slightly less likely that’ll you’ll die in an accident but they weigh a lot and require more energy etc, etc… but it is you versus the planet and you wouldn’t want anything untoward happening to the planet now would you?

I wonder if there’s even an argument to be made in the world of Trans-Atlantic air travel.  As I understand it there’s some amazingly convoluted system which restricts the number of slots and hence promotes inefficient gas-guzzling airlines.  I reckon they could go too.  The regulations I mean.

Anyway, these are just a few suggestions.  I’m sure readers can come up with a few of their own.

Climate change: enjoy it while it lasts1.

Notes
1. Which may not be that long as Brian points out.