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How Lucky Do You Feel? – Global Climate Change Options


In the case of global climate change, I am certain taking no action is wrong. I can’t find fault with improving gas mileage, saving the rain forest, finding clean alternative fuels, being less wasteful and caring about our planet.

Blog Action Day 2009 Today is Blog Action Day. Along with 7,000 other bloggers, I have agreed to blog about Global Climate Change, the topic overwhelmingly chosen by participants. While I am inclined to believe it is more likely to be happening than not, I know some very smart people who believe it is a trumped up hoax.

Like many Americans, if not most, you will find me concerned and in the middle on this and most thorny topics. In the case of global climate change, I am certain taking no action is wrong. I can’t find fault with improving gas mileage, saving the rain forest, finding clean alternative fuels, being less wasteful and caring about our planet.

We cannot afford to hope to be lucky with the outcome of global climate change

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The thing is with climate change, we do not know the outcome. We are part of an experiment right now, in the test tube, if you will. I don’t like that situation and bet you don’t either. If you have seen the direst predictions, then you know the situation could turn bleak quickly. Those who oppose the notion either don’t believe the current climate change is not happening, or that current changes are a normal part of global function. Many of them think we are on a course of destruction by trying to save ourselves from something that will never happen.

Regardless of where you stand, for, against, or uncertain, this video will help you gain perspective on what the real options are for the argument either way. I found it eye-opening and thank Roy H. Williams, the Wizard of Ads, for exposing it to me along with many other great ideas.

Getting solar power ramped up to the right proportions would be a game changer

Energy consumption is a topic where all nearly agree we are too oil dependent and need to do something. Developing massive solar power energy would improve global climate change and benefit humankind now and for future generations.

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Last week, I saw a tweet from Kathy Heasley, a powerhouse brand marketer with Heasley & Partners. The tweet led to The Information is Beautiful site and this article titled, Surface Area Required To Solar Power The World. It is a great example of the power of thinking large to solve big problems. If we could get our leaders to start backing ideas like this instead of the more trivial and parochial ones that hold their attention, we would all be better served by them.

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  1. I’m with you on this one. I am solidly in the middle also. Yes, I do believe that there is a bit of warming going on, but I also believe that it is the natural state of things. Cooling and warming trends have been happening since this planet was created and they will continue to happen long after we humans have been stupid enough to kill ourselves off.

    Do we need to clean up what we’ve done to the environment? Sure we do, just as we should clean up our rooms and wash the dishes. It isn’t healthy, physically or emotionally, to live in squalor and that’s what we are doing right now as a human race. But, to think that we are that significant to this planet that we can affect the climate on a global scale, at least to the point of annihilation, is ridiculous and arrogant on our part.

    And who’s to say that these “solutions” that are being bandied about by the climate change PACs aren’t going to make things worse? If these people truly think that we can bring the Earth’s temperature back down, then what’s to stop us from going too far and causing the next ice age?

    The solution is to clean up our acts, develop new energy sources that are emission neutral and let the Earth take care of herself. She’s been doing it for 4 billion years, so I think she can do a much better job of it than we can.

  2. Barney, thanks for posting that video. I’ve seen it before, but it’s golden.

    The scientific consensus about climate change is getting stronger and stronger as the data comes back ever more conclusively, but public opinion is going in the opposite direction as more and more people decide they prefer the propaganda better than the scientific facts.

    The logic in the video makes it clear that regardless of the fact that anthropocentric global warming is one of the most substantiated scientific theories in history, it is very important that we take action on it immediately, since the effects are long term and irreversible, and there is no do-over for the collapse of civilization. Action = small cost, low probability of disaster, no action = high probability of high cost, high probability of disaster.

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