To examine this contrast in objectives, Pielke poses the question:
- So what are the implications of eradicating malaria for future greenhouse gas emissions from Africa?
- If a goal of climate policy is simply to "reduce emissions" then this goal clearly conflicts with efforts to eradicate malaria, which will inevitably lead to an increase in emissions. But if the goal is to modernize the global energy system -- including the developing the capacity to provide vast quantities of carbon-free energy, then there is no conflict here.
To attempt to deny change is the ultimate act of denial and the true imposition of a limiting ideology.