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It's Time to Act on Climate Change

9/26/2008 4:26:49 PM

Tags: renewable energy, climate change, global warming, carbon, wind, coal

 

 

Climate change getting you down? If you've ever wondered if humanity can really do anything about greenhouse gas emissions, watching David Letterman's recent rant about climate change may help you get it all out of your system. (You can find it here on The Huffington Post. The quick summary: We are dead meat.)

A Kansas Wind TurbineBut this week I’ve been feeling more optimistic, and for good reason. On Tuesday and Wednesday I attended the Kansas State Energy Conference to learn more about what’s happening locally and nationally on different energy issues. As part of that, I was lucky enough to get to hear the keynote address from one of the leading experts on climate science, Dr. James Hansen.

Don’t get me wrong, no one is likely to walk away from a lecture on climate change with a rosy view of the Earth’s future. It certainly wasn’t all good news. But at the same time, Hansen wasn’t saying that we’re dead meat or that it’s already too late. Instead, his message was that we still have time to act.

However, it’s a narrow window. We need to take serious action immediately, and it sounds like we’re talking about some pretty major steps — such as figuring out how to get off of coal completely unless we can figure out how to capture and store the carbon. There’s a great article from Hansen here on the Worldwatch Institute Web site with much more information on his views on climate.

Another bright spot: It was exciting to be at the conference and see how much is already happening in the world of wind power. There are a lot of new wind turbines being installed here on the Great Plains and in other windy spots around the world. Let’s keep them coming.

Photo by RUSTY DODSON/ISTOCKPHOTO 

 



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captgeobob
10/3/2008 8:35:33 PM
I agree with "timagin", and another point is: want more government running your life? They want people to panic and get upset so they will get involved and you know what that means, more taxes and more laws telling you how to live. I personnaly do not need the government's assistence or "expert" knowledge on anything. I would prefer that the government would grow "smaller".

Timothy Agin
9/29/2008 6:54:27 PM
STOP the madness. Please. Global warming and global cooling have been going on since this planet's beginning. Mars is experiencing warming, its icecaps are melting and Bush isn't even there to blame for not signing a piece of paper. Weird. Rather than spend trillions pretending we can do something about the climate how about we focus on things we can do. Remove toxins from our waste streams, food production, home manufacturing, and continue development of renewable fuels to free us from particulate pollution and airborne toxins. If and that's a big if the globe is warming up and the ice is melting money is better spent moving people away from shorelines to deal with flooding rather than mucking around with a system we don't even begin to understand trying to control it. I thought we were about natural solutions. There's nothing natural about putting an artificial thermostat on the planet.







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