Wolfgang Grulke The benefits of a world w/o Wal-Mart

There could be some creative consequences and implications on business and the economy.

These days people do not want to pay more for products in order to help the environment, and anyway this could add massively to inflation world-wide. Inflation might even be be 2-3% higher if all retailers were to run by the same rules!

Imagine the new creative solutions that retailers might come up with if such regulation emerged! Who could be the new winners? What would happen to e-tailing?
Posted: 15 November 2009 at 00:00

Dave Wilson Carbon tax

By 2020, I have no doubt that the current hype around climate change and the "science" will have been exposed to have been the result of a small group of well meaning fuzzy minded individuals using inaccurate data and computer models which are incapable of modelling the dynamics of our climate system to panic the world against a threat which is not there and to the confine hundreds of millions of people to continued poverty. There is a lot of evidence to show that the hottest decade of the last 100 years was the 1930s, and the hottest year was 1934. Interesting that world has been cooling for the last 11 years, and in 2007 the average global temperature fall of 0,7 degrees Celsius was larger than the entire rise of the 20th Century, none of which was predicted by any climate models
Posted: 10 December 2009 at 09:47

Doug Vining RE: Carbon tax

Dave, you may be right, but what if 2013 IS the hottest year on record, and a scenario like this plays out? There are a lot of drivers that indicate that carbon pricing WILL become a global issue, no matter what the sentiments or uncertainties around the science prove to be. Take a look at the Economist's sober and dispassionate view on the debate: http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14966227
Posted: 10 December 2009 at 10:03

Dave Wilson RE: RE: Carbon tax

2013 won't be the hottest year on record, and there will be a backlash against the mindless acceptance of increasingly dubious and non-credible reporting. Some things which will make the general population swing: the current unpopularity of some of the key politicians pushing the agenda including Obama and Brown, the East Anglia CRU email scandal, the fact that the climate is not reacting like any of the models forecast it should have, the increasingly authoritarian approach by governments to force people to do what is in their best interests eg putting up windmills in my backyard. Add to that the incredible cost of absurd artificial constracts like carbon trading and of reducing carbon emissions for no proven climate change benefit, I think we are close to a tipping point when this thing will implode. As Richard Lindzen, Albert Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT and atmospheric physicist, said in 2007: “future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of interference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age.”
Posted: 10 December 2009 at 14:46

Wolfgang Grulke RE: RE: RE: Carbon tax

You may be right...but what if the scenario Doug suggests DOES happen?
Posted: 11 December 2009 at 13:39

Dave Wilson RE: RE: RE: RE: Carbon tax

In my experience, individual self interest will result in the right outcome: all very well in practice, it will never work in theory. No government will commit itself to something externally imposed that will adversely affect its or its people's interests. The fact that the Kyoto accord had no impact on emissions is a case in point. The US allowing the impact of carbon taxes to cause Wal-mart to go out of business??? It ain't going to happen
Posted: 11 December 2009 at 13:45

Mark Powell RE: Carbon tax

I could not agree more - my next Mind Bullett is going to look at how the climate conspiracy gets found out and destroys the EU!
Posted: 10 December 2009 at 10:42

Dave Wilson RE: RE: Carbon tax

Go, Mark, I'm right behind you!
Posted: 10 December 2009 at 11:03
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