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SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2009, 6:28 A.M.

A game of global chicken, anyone?

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)
David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...


When you were a young driver, did you ever play the game “chicken” where two drivers, each driving at incredible speeds, would drive toward the other? The object of this dangerous game is to swerve and thus avoid the other driver before the two cars plowed into one another. Although I've never played the game, playing chicken is a legend of movies from a long time ago.


Which brings us to David Horsey's excellent cartoon this morning, for he suggests, and I wonder if he isn't correct, that the nations of the world reducing greenhouse gas emissions are actually a game of chicken, involving the developed nations of the world and those that are not so well-developed.


This brings on several questions that, to my opinion, are severely unanswered:


Isn't the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions actually a case where the developed nations of the world will lead developing nations, not the other way around?


The raw science underlying the scientific theory of global warming suggests that reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide will reduce global warming. In your opinion, how accurate is this presumption?


Of course, there are other questions that remain to be answered, as well.


Dave




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