Change is hard and costly. Think about how costly it was to change from horse
and hand cart to railroads in America's great Western expansion. Or how
costly it was for the government to build the Internet in America's
transition from snail mail. But the capitalism benefits of the transition were
enormous!There are economic benefits of transitioning to cleaner
energy. Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota all get more than 20 percent of their
electricity from wind power, which is price stable. And wind energy's
economic impacts in rural communities have been enormous, creating second-income
streams for farmers and landowners who benefit with lease payments from hosting
turbines.California's push into cleantech has created an
economic boom to include Tesla to solar energy that is driving Silicon
Valley's next generation of innovation and profits. Sure electric vehicles
will hurt oil companies, but they allow our future transportation system to be
potentially run by sun and wind. And we don't have to fight wars in the
Mideast or build leaking pipelines across America's bread basket states to
keep "our" oil flowing.Addressing climate change means new
economic opportunities for a cleaner, healthier future!
When everyone in the whole wide world can live in a space of Texas. I think of
Texas to the earth. How much of any thing we do can ever effect climate change.
It's going to do what it's going to do and there isn't anything
any one can do about it. We must think we are some thing if if we think we can.
Ego what an ego.
Immediate hard costs for long term "uncertain" benefits is a political
nightmare. The benefits will be to our grandchildren and (as our budgeting
process has shown) we are more than willing to stick them with our bills.
Further, we need to pay the environmental "bills" of our grandparents
who did not fully understand the environmental consequences of their actions.
Conservatives: "There's no warming." Science: "There is
warming." It comes down to that. The next generation will drown and broil
due to our inaction. Utah may very well become uninhabitable.
Hmmm… an article that tries to rationally explain in how science actually
works (i.e., no such thing as absolute certainty), the facts of climate change,
and the dysfunctional political landscape of today.For those who
prefer ideology and emotionally charged media (in the words of Keith Moon), this
will go over like a Le(a)d Zeppelin…
@ george of the jungle: The problem is not so much where is everyone going to
live - the problems are what are people going to eat? What are people going to
drink? How are food and other resources going to get from spot A to Texas? What
about waste disposal? A family of four needs about 2 acres to grow
a year's worth of food - and that is if the family is vegetarian, eggs,
meat, and dairy require even more space. That same family needs
1460 gallons of water a year just for drinking - that does not include water for
growing or preparing food nor for personal hygiene.There are a great
many places in this world that are not suitable for growing food and there are
many, many places where safe water is in limited supply. Global climate change
impacts food growing regions and seasons and water supply. These are the things
that are limited - not space.Just because everyone could fit in
Texas, doesn't mean we could live in Texas - without access to food and
water, we die.
@ MaudineI agree with every thing you said. Texas is an example of
how much space all the people could live in. Food is another problem, Genetic
engineering and chemical sprays are depleting the vitamins and minerals in the
food and polluting the ground water. What is happening is we are polluting the
food we eat and the water we drink and the air with every smoldering stinking
cotton mattress burned.
It's not a scientific discussion on the opposing side. Statements such as
we could all live in Texas are a perfect example. We know how much
CO2 we have released and we know it's in the ocean and in the air.
It's going to DO SOMETHING! The atmospheric CO2 levels we have
now have not been sustained for the last 10 million years until now. But do whatever you want. Just make sure you tell your kids so they know who
to slap later.