Theater of Cruelty

Pimp my planet

Could it be a contagious effect from the climate debate to the global redistribution debate?


[Infectious Effect] California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared last week on "Pimp my Ride," MTV's car-making program. Program manager Xzibit and chef Mad Mad took on an almost scrap 1965 model Chevrolet Impala and pimped it to the unrecognizable. Pimping means styling the car as lavishly as possible, with chrome, wide rims and a gigantic music system. This was the "Pimp my Ride" climate special, which is why the Impala should get a bio-diesel engine. Mad Mike custom built a new engine that became so large that the hood had to be raised many inches to fit. When the job was done, they tested the Impala against a brand new Lamborghini on a racing track, and you think I didn't chase the Bio Impala won. 0 to 100 in 3,5 seconds, 800 horsepower; Schwarzenegger was so impressed that he tracked down an ordered engine for his Hummer.

MTV is trying to make the climate cool in the US as well, but the custom-built bio-engine is burning off as much rapeseed on the miles as the whole of North Dakota cultivates in a summer. Xzibit and Mad Mike do not present the solution, only a new problem.

Fortunately, this is not a typical example, on the contrary. There is now an acceptance that certain resources are scarce, and if we do not set a framework in which we distribute global consumption within, it goes awry. It is about to establish a global community of destiny, the great global VI. Both the pier in Bergen and the children in Bangladesh, ie both the national and the global consequences of climate change, are now receiving considerable media attention.

This acceptance and use of a global VI carries with it an interesting potential. Could it be a contagious effect from the climate debate to the global redistribution debate? We are all part of the same ecology and we are all (almost) part of the same economy. Climate change is a result of the integration and growth of the globalized economy, but there is a lack of mechanisms to ensure that a fair share of the profits remain with those who do the heaviest work, at the bottom of the global assembly line. When we had a national economy, we introduced national taxes. Now we have a global economy and should introduce global taxes, but Solheim is unable to persuade the Ministry of Finance, see page 6. The difference between the climate debate and the economy debate is that rich countries in the north have a greater self-interest in tackling the ecological, than the economic problems. . So how much is the global VI really worth?

The situation calls for a system debate. This is hereby designated as this year's summer debate, and I demand that NRK's ​​Kyrre Nakkim, who manages to mobilize an impressive commitment to even the lost detail within the Norwegian political system, be at least equally involved in this matter.

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