CLIMATE CHANGE FEAR AND HOPE

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There has been much discussion as to whether it is best to emphasize the fear of Climate Change or the hope (also courage) we have of solving problem. I believe it should be some of both. Fear and Hope give us the motivation to change something. To those we might add courage to face it and Knowledge to do the right things. Too much of too little of either will result in inaction.

I mentioned courage because we humans fight on even when the cause seems hopeless. The Londoners during the blitz did it, Washington at Valley Forge did it, people working for freedom from dictators do it and William of Orange did it when he wrote, “We need not hope in order to attempt nor succeed in order to persevere.” and he succeeded, Jimmy Stewart (Mr. Smith) said it best, “The hopeless causes are the only ones worth fighting for.” We have already lost some of the Climate Change battles. This is going to be a long slog.

The only certain thing about Climate Change is that those least responsible for climate change will feel the brunt of it. (Bill McKibben)

Below are reasons and reasons for both.

FEAR

Bill Nye Climate Change is Now

Carbon Emissions Up in 2019

End Of the World

Fossil Fuels and Air Polution

Time to Panic - NYT

The Reality of Climate Change

Weather and Climate Chance

Who Knows

SHORT TAKES

Look around at the polar bears, bees, plastic pollution, death of coral reefs, floods, forest fires, storms and drought.
We caused climate change! And continue to da sol
Latest climate study says it's already too late.
It warns that "Time is running out to prevent the irreversible and dangerous impacts of climate change." In previous reports, UN climate scientists have identified 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit as the threshold at which global warming will endanger human and other life, as laid out in the Paris Climate Accord.
Many investors won't touch solar.
Government subsidies for fossil fuels are high while those for renewables are low.
As the world unfreezes diseases (anthrax) and methane comes out.
We will need ninety trillion dollars to fight Climate Change.
Utility monopolies need to change.
Companies do not pay the true cost of putting trash in the air.
Take money out of government.
9 million people are dying already every year from air pollution. Now!

 

HOPE

Al Gore

Bill Gates on Technology

Bill McKibben

Bright Future

Carbon Pricing - Big Business is For It

Fixes

Fusion

Hope of CC - USC

Last Coal Plant

Links to All the Work

Seven Trends that that Could beat CC - The Guardian

Nine Reasons for Hope on CC - WWF

Ninety-nine Reasons for Hope

Ten Reasons for Hope on CC - Sierra Club

What Responce to CC Gives Hope

Falter - Bill McKibben

SHORT TAKES

Montreal Protocol reversed the destruction of the ozone layer. Proving we can do multinational change.
CC is a many layered problem with many small solutions.
Mayors (7,000), Governors, industries, and Regions fill the trump gap from own self interest.
We are learning from each other and there are many working. See: Climate - Solar
We are winning war on coal with death stats and the market.
The cost of renewables is dropping and incentivized.
There are more Clean Energy jobs than coal jobs.
Third world is skipping to distributed solar.
Companies use green energy in PR.
White roofs reduce cooling costs.
Buildings are better due to changing building codes and energy audits.
Technological advances such as LED lights are reducing energy usage.
Smart eating benefits the body and the planet. It is an answer to "what can I do?"
Cars are declining on city streets in favor of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Electric cars are super efficient and production is growing.
Most air miles are autonomous soon cars will be too.
Insurance companies are forcing change.
There is money to be made combating climate chance.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects two-thirds of new electricity generation capacity this year to be from renewables.
Average vehicle fuel efficiency increased from 18.8 mpg in 1990 to 22.0 mpg in 2016 for all light-duty vehicles (SUVs and pick-up trucks included) on the road today, with new passenger cars able to achieve 36 mpg.
Buy out programs are moving people away from dangerous places.
Natural defensive shores are being rebuilt.
There is now a permeable concrete.
Cities are separating sewer lines from storm water.
EIA said 2018 coal consumption was down 44% from 2007 when consumption peaked.
Major oil companies commit to carbon pricing at Vatican. 6/15/19

 

 

 

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