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What Links a National Assembly and the Environment?
"A National Assembly would help to safeguard our few advantages for the people of Cornwall, whilst the current arrangements will inevitably lead to all such wealth draining away from Cornwall to England and London."
Everyone knows about Global Warming or least everyone thinks they know about Global Warming. However, most people do not realize that if Global Warming exceeds 2°C then natural positive feedback processes will push it to 6°C with unstoppable force, which will result in the desertification of most of the planet surface and over time rise in ocean levels by about 50m, flooding most major cities and much of the worlds productive agricultural land.

So far global temperature has risen by 0.8°C and a further 0.8°C worth of CO2 is already in the atmosphere. We therefore have just 0.4°C to play with before the planet will be set to become largely uninhabitable by humans.

Fossil fuel reserves already known but not yet dug up and burnt will, if burnt, produce four times more CO2 than is required to push us through the 2°C barrier. And of course every oil company is looking for more.

The only solution that anyone has ever come up with is to leave much of the coal, oil, gas, shale gas and oil, tar sands and heavy oils in the ground, not burn them and instead switch as rapidly as is feasible to renewable energy, including numerous wind turbines, solar panels, AD plants, wave and tidal energy, even nuclear power and energy storage facilities.

Now, it so happens that Cornwall has ample natural renewable energy available to it: good level of on shore and off shore wind, great solar conditions, tides and waves, even geothermal potential. Further more Cornwall could feed all of its own population, grow enough hemp for textiles, grow enough wood for construction and biomass heating, fantastic fishing grounds and even some leftover mineral wealth.

England on the other hand lacks most of these advantages.

A National Assembly would help to safeguard our few advantages for the people of Cornwall, whilst the current arrangements will inevitably lead to all such wealth draining away from Cornwall to England and London.

Lets go for a National Assembly – as the first step to greater autonomy for Cornwall.
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Published on 23rd November 2012.

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