Carbon follies blasted by hi-tech guru
A hi-tech guru has savaged eco-babble and warned that Britain will only hit sustainable carbon footprint targets if it allows clear thinking technologists to dictate policy instead of muddled environmentalists.
While there may be no exit route for Cambridge from its £116 million ‘misguided’ bus system, there is a solution to Norfolk’s coastal erosion through the strategic ‘dumping’ of plastic ‘reefs’, says crystal gazer Ian Pearson – formerly BT futurologist in Suffolk. Lightweight ‘digital jewellry’ that we can wear instead of having to cart around umpteen communications gadgets will give a new meaning to the term ‘ring tone,’ while companies will own fleets of electric cars that drive themselves – centimetres apart in pre-determined lanes – and will be shared across whole communities in Pearson’s brave new world. Cars will travel on rail and bikes will be confined to new electronic highways where technology will help propel flagging riders – keeping them apart from mainstream traffic where they often force motorised vehicles to brake and expel even more greenhouse gases. In possibly the greatest challenge ever mounted to conventional eco policy, Pearson urges a rethink on so-called eco towns, over-emphasis on public transport, use of biofuels and carbon trading – all of which “are of dubious merit” in his view. He also condemns fatalistic thinking on nuclear power, claiming that a solution to safe storage of waste is decades rather than millennia away. Research is already underway to propel waste safely into the cosmos via space elevators, says Pearson.