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Fixing Global Warming

Weather has changed dramatically in my lifetime.  The old ocean beaches I vacationed at are mostly underwater, and the Northeast winters that used to let me ski and skate from December to March now are often snow-less with breaks of summer-like temperatures.  Rain in the desert, drought in the once drenched mountains, tornadoes, hurricanes, massive forest fires, and floods where they never were are a sign that something is wrong.

There is a problem and most scientists have concluded that a big part of that problem is the carbon emissions from energy sources like gas, oil, and coal.  Carbon and other gases, including methane (what are you feeding those cows?), build up in our atmosphere and form an umbrella that traps heat—the more gases, the more heat, the more melting, higher oceans, and beyond weird weather patterns.  It seems logical that we need to do something about the carbon emissions that we create, but in the case of our lawmakers logic isn’t always the path taken.  That logical solution of cleaning up our dirty air has been slow in coming or even blocked by powerful forces who profit from fossil fuels and choose to ignore or minimize the negative effects these carbon-belching fuels have on our fragile environment

It’s time to become vocal about the self-destruction of our world and demand action based on real science.  We need to moderate our current administration’s FUBAR proposals of rolling back restrictions on: mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions.  Climate change is not a hoax and the scientifically backed evidence confirms that the world is warming and that man-made carbon emissions are primarily to blame.global warming cartoon

There have been real technological advances in alternative clean energy sources like solar and wind but our country still seems to favor drilling and pipelines.  Both the clean energy and fossil fuel advocates must realize that a solution is about compromise.  That compromise may be found in a new player in the battle who could be a game changer and help find a solution that could bring these two sides together–The Drawdown Project, self-billed as The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.  From The Drawdown Projects website: Drawdown maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. For each solution, we describe its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works. The goal of the research that informs Drawdown is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. All solutions modeled are already in place, well understood, analyzed based on peer-reviewed science, and are expanding around the world.

Project Drawdown is a different approach with hundreds of non-partisan scientists offering solutions to our carbon fed global warming problem with a detailed analysis of the different forms of energy and actions that can be taken to reduce our carbon emissions.  The biggest positive to the project is that it offers many choices that can be mixed and matched to produce a hybrid energy package that could appeal to all.

In addition to recommending a transition to wind, solar, geo, and tidal energy production Drawdown goes a step farther by offering a complete carbon solution proposing best practices in areas like: lifestyle, forestry, farming, diet, food production, building, and our waste stream.  The 100 solutions can be mixed in any way and phased in or enacted immediately since most of the proposed actions are “shovel-ready” using existing technology.  Adopting some or all of Drawdown’s plan would be a great start to cleaning up our air.

It’s time to do something about the carbon emissions and the Drawdown group seems to be on the right path using scientific data rather than lobbyists to push for change.  As with any issue getting the right information is critical in formulating our future energy plan so hopefully our lawmakers acknowledge the alarming changes in our weather and pay attention to the brilliant scientists who have the solutions.

Click here to learn more about Drawdown

Global warming, climate change…?

All of us have been bombarded with the dire warnings of global warming. The problemjust ain't right monkey with the global warning thing is that it affects some very influential people’s pocketbooks. For those of you who remember the movie Jaws, the mayor let a few people be gobbled up by the shark since a warning would have hurt the tourism bottom line. Fast forward to today and I think our current versions of that mayor aren’t going to endorse the global warming, arctic ice melt, ocean rising, ocean-front property submerging concept. There are scientific experts who would swear that there is irrefutable evidence that we are screwing up the atmosphere and disturbing the natural state of things and there are just as many experts from the Jaws mayor camp that say that they are full of crap and it’s just Mother Nature acting up. So who do we believe?globalartoon

I’m a baby boom runner who remembers my northeast childhood. It was consistently warm in summer, football cool in the fall and the snow came around Christmas and melted in March to replenish the water supply and the cycle started again with an April showers bring May flowers spring. The north was cold, the arctic areas were too cold to melt, and the south was warm. I ran in all these conditions and have the receipts from the thousands of dollars of seasonal running gear which could be broken out at designated calendar points. The term global warming is misleading and weak enough for all sorts of nitwits to dispute. As soon as it’s colder than normal-“aha, where’s your global warming?” Extreme weather is a better characterization. What the Jaws disciples can’t dispute is that storms, tornadoes, and extreme temperatures are popping up in places that they shouldn’t be. It’s cold where it should be warm and extremely warm where it should be cold. In general there is a FUBAR climate change that is hard to deny.

Let me get back to my world to make my case for climate change. I moved to North Carolina in 1996 and the climate planets were still aligned. In true southern fashion summer was hot as hell and winter was warm with a couple days of really cold weather. I ran in shorts most of the year and was able to taunt my northern relatives about how cold they were and how warm we were. Well this year I’m doing more running in northern heavy winter gear and as I swipe my iPhone through the weather channel app Albany and Chapel Hill have identical temps-so much for busting on my brothers.

Neither side of the debate can dispute the data on extreme weather and diminishing arctic ice thickness. What they do differ on is the cause which gets me to my main point. Who gives a crap about the cause? Weather is changing and we have to try and fix it. Instead of blowing smoke up each other’s butts and spending a fortune on hired gun consultants who’ll swear to anything we have to look in the mirror and ask what we want for our grandkids. If there is even a chance that the bad crap we’re sending into the land, air or sea is screwing things up we have to stop. I need my grandkids to have a healthy life and to get my warm southern bragging rights back.