Friday, 1 August 2008

Genius scientists discover global capitalism

by Charles Pooter

A new study has declared that the UK's claims to having cut so-called carbon emissions are bogus. If we take into account the carbon emitted during the manufacture of consumer goods imported into Britain, from countries such as China and India, our emissions have actually increased.

But why stop there? Surely the UK is also responsible for the emissions caused by mining for raw materials in Africa and South America, which are needed to manufacture the consumer goods in China and India. And surely the UK is also responsible for the emissions caused by raising cattle to feed the miners, who mine the raw materials in Africa and South America, which are used to manufacture the consumer goods in China and India. And, it only stands to reason, that the UK is also responsible for the emissions generated by the creation of infrastructure needed to grow and transport the crops in North America, which feed the cows in South America, which are fed to the miners, who mine the raw materials, which are used to manufacture the consumer goods in China and India.

In other words, the UK is responsible for almost all the carbon emissions on the planet!

It turns out that Capitalism has, shock horror, evolved into completely interdependent global market (albeit a highly cartelized one). As such, it makes no sense to treat nation states as completely separate economic units. We should thank the Stockholm Environment Institute and the University of York for this startling revelation.

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