Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Action is Imperative

Is true that our human growth is causing such damage to our planet it may imperil future generations?  Do recent facts that climate change is "unequivocal” and that human activity is partially responsible for this warming?  If this is true it is prudent for us to best go forth with a call for action.
If we continue to seriously not address this situation all on this planet will greatly suffer. For example such weather extreme’s include Hurricane Sandy’s $50 billion plus damages  Other costs include one quarter of all plant and animal species face the risk of extinction if temperatures increase by 2.7 °F; by 2020, 75 million to 250 million people in Africa will suffer water shortages, residents of Asia's large cities will be at great risk of river and coastal flooding, Europeans can expect extensive species loss, and North Americans will experience longer and hotter heat waves and greater competition for water; and more GHG emissions could bring "abrupt and irreversible" changes, such as the loss of ice sheets in the poles, and a corresponding rise in sea levels by several yards. This is happening. 

Many Americans are unaware how fast this is happening since there is a tipping point regarding climate change. This means things are declining faster than first reported evident by new data. Each day there is mounting alarming incoming scientific data.  

First the US has been the leading per capita contributor. Also industrial development in China and India has stimulated more coal burning.  Each year we break temperature records with scientists reporting increases in climate change, including faster melting of polar ice that had not been predicted. 

The evidence of climate change proves we cannot afford to wait.  Even if you think this planet is not in any peril is it wise to wait and simply see what happens?  What do we do if-- in 10 years our actions result in a point of no return where our destruction of the earth becomes irreversible?  What is your life experience with what you have seen thus far with your own surroundings?  Are you being honest to both yourself and your children to believe global warming is not happening?

While some think climate change is hoax while evidence indicates the contrary.  Let’s not error and insured a better future. Whether you agree or disagree that the burning of fossil fuels, increases in population growth and other indicators are creating life threatening greenhouse effects.  Also the greater question is—are the facts gathered by experts alarming enough to act?

Monday, February 11, 2013

The New American Frontier of Prosperity and Hope- Energy Efficiency

We face a host of challenges around our planet’s future prosperity.  One key is how we view resources and our role in conserving them. For example China's solar production replaced 10 large power plants last year and their development will replace 25 plants in the next few years.  While our global economic downturn has lessened carbon use on one hand our growth is not.

What is our new model for growth on this crowded and polluted planet?  For example California, has the 9th largest economy in the world and the first State to address climate change. The 10 largest countries generate 70 percent of our greenhouse gases. India is the 2nd largest coal burning with 455 proposed new plants. Who is going to plant the seeds for change?

How can we Americans best prepare for climate change from an economic, social and cultural perspective? Water, food and national security are all reasons we Americans can invest in new jobs to address new energy and sustainable technical development.

Now that most scientist think climate change is cause by humans and threatens future human health it is time this country best invest in lessening this problem.  Regardless of what China, India and other developing countries do our future hope and prosperity is dependent on addressing this challenge.

A national energy policy promoting sustainable growth can balance both price and cost securing future energy efficiency.  Let’s better generated and consume our energy.

Taking inventory of today’s U.S. energy demand consists of 85% fossil fuels or about 50 million barrels of oil consumed each day in America. While the exploration of natural gas has done much to ease our energy imports such factors as price of extracting this resource requires greater environmental controls.

Approximately, 61% of energy produced is lost due to factors such as poor insulation, inefficient gas guzzling vehicles and other reasons. This translates to an overall efficiency of 13% for oil that is converted to a usable form. Another way to illustrate this is that only one of three barrels is recovered. We can certainly conserve more and waste less.  Unless we place a price and cost on inefficiency we will continue to subsidize this hazardous waste of dollars, resources and health impacts.

For over a century Americans have greatly benefited from cheap energy.  Now the question is how we price and cost our fuel resources to best conserve them given our future economic situation. It is time we efficiently invest in our energy, security, health and environment. The future will reveal the true costs and expense of not conserving unless we wisely act. Let’s profit from preventing waste by fully investing in energy efficiency as a new frontier for prosperity and American hope.