Saturday, November 19, 2022

Climate Change

KlimateChange.com_ Observations: There were good souls who decided we could tree plant our way out of this crisis. Well, to be fair, they believed this process would help, and it makes sense that it would. However, the measure of this good was rather low on the scale when sized up against modern industrial processes such as large-scale coal burning and the continued proliferation of oil pipe lines. We were up against generations of oil families and companies. One can even see their side of this: we urged and depended on them to produce the energy we needed to live our modern lives. Then one day millions of us said we don't want your oil anymore. Yes, we still have to use it to a large extent, but we want change. We want to explore new types of energy. People began to speak of clean energy. Clean energy? Who would have uttered such a term 50 years ago? Not many if any. Planting lots more trees is also a tricky business. More trees, more that can topple during storms, more that can burn in fires. People in lesser developed countries have to stay warm in the winter. While many of these people care about the environment, they were not in positions to make change. You first have to be stable financially and socially. Hundreds of millions of people live in poverty - perhaps as many as 700 million - perhaps more. The world population was just said to have reached 8 billion this month. Population growth is really not controlled. Of course more people translates to higher energy needs. We live in a time when conspiracy theories abound. There are educated people who believe the world is flat, that man did not go to the moon and that school shootings are fictional. There are people who believe climate change is a liberal plot. It's not clear what such a plot would gain anyone, since it's about the weather and most everyone wants good, stable weather. At this particular time in history, we are at a crossroads. There is greatly increased effort to slow down climate change, with many pointing to a window of opportunity that will likely close in the next decade or so. What this means is if we didn't do anything in the next 10 or 20 years, and you are reading this, you are likely very displeased with basically all of us. You may look at us as one generation who as a whole, failed. And you may be right.

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