Monday, December 10, 2007
Growing weary of our Panamanian canoeing inadequates and Ed 'Crazy name, crazy guy' Balls, I turned on Al Jazeera. First, I saw a highly intelligent assessment of the search for a malaria vaccine, then I saw a brilliantly-handled and eye-opening story about Chinese coal fires. Malaria kills about 3 million people a year and the coal fires account for 3 per cent of global CO2 emissions, more than the whole of the UK. I don't remember seeing anything on either of these things on Anglo-American news channels. So why are we going on about these damned canoeists and why are we going to build 7,000 offshore wind turbines when, for a lot less money, we could help the Chinese put out their coal fires and the South East Asians extinguish their peat fires? While we were doing that, we could build some excellent nuclear power plants and leave our coastline unsullied. We could also drag our TV news up to the standards of Al Jazeera.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 8:23 am