I heard a BBC report on NPR this morning about the international global warming summit being held in Peru. As the BBC reporters discussed arguments by the representatives of various countries over which countries were allowed to “produce” certain amounts of carbon, partially based on the “historical advantage" Western countries have had in the use of fossil fuels, I was struck by how medieval it all sounded. And I was reminded of a movie I once saw.
The Name of the Rose is a murder mystery set in the 14th Century, at a remote monastery. In the movie, various heavy-weight Church leaders and theologians all travel to this remote location for the purpose of settling an important theological question: does scripture support the belief that Christ owned his own clothes.
The global warming arguments about carbon credits are kind of like that.