Climate challenge

February 9, 2007

The BBC has a new game online- a climate challenge. As president of Europe it is your job to tackle climate change while balancing the economy and your own popularity.
While it is a bit simplistic (and the whole subsidy/persuasion thing seems a bit dodgy!) it does highlight the difficulties faced by policy makers trying to reduce emissions.

I did very well in in the Environment section- 78%:

During your presidency, Europe emitted a very low level of carbon emissions, which is likely to result in global temperatures increasing by 1.4-2.6°C. You substantially outperformed a mid-line forecast for carbon dioxide emissions created by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC). Well done!

But not so well on wealth (3%) or popularity (33%).

You left the economy in ruins. Hyper-inflation and joblessness are endemic across Europe. People are starving and crime and lawlessness have taken hold. Extremists have become more influential and threaten to undo any good you did during your presidency.

Hmmm…. enough said.


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