[pp.int.general] Environmentalists and pirates, free information perspective

Brian McNeil brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org
Wed Oct 28 14:48:17 CET 2009

On Wed, 2009-10-28 at 07:27 +0100, Nicolas Sahlqvist wrote:
> Haha, but we are really out of topic on this one as I tried to point
> out..

How so? Are Pirate Party members unaffected by the need for a long-term
stable energy supply? (Although some of those vehemently opposed to the
nuclear option might take issue at the use of the word 'stable').

If the PP wants to see people elected regularly there needs to be a move
beyond being seen as a single-issue party.

Most environmentalists are treated with a reasonably degree of respect
in the political arena. But if they got all the various energy
production methods they dislike banned, the lights would go out
globally, shipping would virtually vanish, and I'd not get my coffee in
the morning!

They (environmantalists) do have a point about energy production - it is
a sensible idea to evaluate the various options and their potential
long-term impact. What I see is that studies into this have too much
interest/input from those who 'own' the technology and may profit hugely
if their solution is favoured. It would be much, much better for the
West to let China have the details on safe nuclear and various other
technologies. Their energy requirements continue to rise, and they're
keen to use their own tech. Research work is being done a second time
because someone locked up the results.

China can probably pay a reasonable amount if the technology is given to
them via a compulsory license and the commercial interests have little
to no say in the price; but, many countries in Africa can't afford
anything. Should they get the advanced "green" tech. free?

Brian McNeil <brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org>
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