[Update: Aryeh has asked me to change instances of his well-known full name to his Wikipedia handle "Simetrical", to reduce the impact on Google.]
Simetrical has taken up an opposing position to my foundation-l post, which was copied to this blog under the title Should Wikimedia buy RECs. In the interests of avoiding offence to denizens of foundation-l, I am attempting to move that rather heated debate to here.
Simetrical attacks my views on multiple fronts, arguing (in my own words):
- That Wikimedia should not spend money on causes unrelated to its mission;
- That Wikimedia has no moral responsibility to take action on climate change, since it does not directly or voluntarily contribute to it;
- That anthropogenic global warming (AGW) won’t have any significant effects for decades yet;
- That AGW won’t directly cause human deaths, rather mere economic harm;
- That future research may well make any present efforts redundant and, in hindsight, wasteful;
- That action now may prove to be pointless since the impact of AGW may be catastrophic whatever we do;
- That climate scientists do not understand the economics of mitigation and that serious economists, such as those behind the so-called Copenhagen Consensus, advocate alternative technologies such as albedo modification over mainstream approaches such as abatement and reforestation.
Quite a barrage. I’ve been taking these on point-by-point. Here are the archive links where you can read the full text of this debate:
I’ll post my latest response as a comment below. Let’s see if I can coax WordPress into presenting a comment interface that’s usable for this purpose.