‘Net Zero’, what does it mean? Does anyone know? Who dreamt up this slogan?
Put together, these two words don’t actually have any meaning. ‘Net’ is usually used as a shortened form of ‘netto’ (netto/brutto) a term used in accountancy describing a sum of money remaining after taxes or expenses have been deducted.
So what could ‘Net Zero’ possibly mean? That nothing will be left once zero carbon has been achieved?
The term seems to ape, no doubt for good reason, the one chosen to describe the blackened hole in the ground left after the devastation of 9/11: Ground Zero.
Look at it this way: by reducing carbon dioxide to nil (zero carbon) all plant life dependent for its growth on this natural gas will die. By extension, all humans and animals dependent upon the oxygen that plants produce, via the conversion of carbon dioxide into oxygen, will also die. Basic biology reveals that is indeed the case.
So what the inventors of ‘Net Zero’ seem to be suggesting is that the objective is to end all plant, animal and human life by 2050. Or have I got something wrong? Have ‘they’ quietly dropped CO2 as the arch baddie of the past three decades – and are now trying to make simple ‘carbon’ the source of all our woes?
This is, after all, what they did by surreptitiously shifting ‘global warming’ into ‘climate change’ a couple of decades ago. A classic sleight of hand by the cabal spin doctors.