Guest essay by Eric Worrall
2028: Jean-Claude Bertillon, leader of the No Climate Change Party in Canada, is convicted of denying the existence of climate change. He is deported to the international convict settlement on Kerguelen in the Southern Ocean.
Governments push markets to the very limit of what they can deliver. In different ways in different countries, economies have been forcibly re-orientated to focus on dealing with climate change, in much the same way as sometimes happens in times of war. But in most cases this has happened gradually, ratcheting up over time, with citizens surrendering control of their lives piecemeal rather than all at once, as trading regimes, international law, lifestyles and business have responded to the growing environmental crisis. And so in 2030, greenhouse gas emissions are beginning to decline, but the cost to individual liberty has been great.
Read more (p 8): Same link as above
… in some countries a licence is now required to have children and these are awarded according to a points system. Climate-friendly behaviour means points…
It is not unusual for governments to monitor household energy consumption in real time, with warnings sent to homes that exceed their quotas. For example, citizens could be told to turn off certain appliances such as washing machines or kettles or even have them switched off remotely. …
Read more (p55): Same link as above
Two of the authors named on the report, Chris Preist and Paul Shabajee, are described as being members of the HP Labs team.
I hope the association of Hewlett Packard’s name with this piece of fascist green filth is a ghastly mistake. I would hate to think a senior Hewlett Packard executive in a position of responsibility had detailed awareness of the repulsive contents of this report, yet allowed it to be published anyway.
Backup PDF copies here (in case they disappear):
NOTE: This article was accidentally published by the guest author (Eric Worrall) before it was ready and reviewed, and he took it down immediately after realizing his mistake. It happens, the “Publish” and “Save Draft” buttons in the editor are close together and I’ve done it occasionally as well. There’s no “are you sure?” prompt. A tweet was automatically generated when Eric accidentally hit publish, and that may have caused some people to go looking for it and finding nothing. All this happened while I was asleep. I’ve restored the post after review and placing backup PDF copies – Anthony