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Monday, August 28, 2017

Harvey

I am so saddened by the events in Texas, as I write this Houston is under 4 feet of water. I know several people whose families have been safely rescued. Fortunately no one I know directly has been effected.

But lets be honest. It's just a matter of time, isn't it? Major storms are just becoming more common. This was originally a 500 year storm, and now they are saying a thousand year storm. I hear very few people talking about why we have been hit with a storm like this.

The answer is simple, climate change. That is why it is inevitable that sooner or later someone I know will be effected. My family lives on Long island, my friends live in Manhattan. How soon until another super storm like Sandy hits New York again?

Until we come together and work to make dramatic changes in the way treat the environment things like this will continue. My sons children - at this rate - will see cities inundated with water permanently. Miami will be the first to go.

Today I had an interaction on twitter with someone. He said that climate change was a joke. To which I replied, that he was seeing the effects of climate change right now, in Texas (and soon Louisiana). He responded that there was nothing I could say that would change his mind, and then ended (he thought) the conversation by saying "now I am going to say something you're really going to hate. God created the heavens and the Earth" as if that was supposed to shut me up. I responded that I had no problem with him believing that God created the heavens and the Earth. But that I think God would be appalled at how we are treating his creation. He never responded.

I have paddled a lot of North America. I have seen the changes caused by climate change, first hand. I have read books. I have spoken to glaciologists, climatologists, and geologists. None of them had any doubt that we are seeing the effects go catastrophic global climate change every day.

"If you think things like 97% of scientists believe it, so if 3% don't believe it why should I?" you are fooling yourself. Chances are at some point in your life you are going to feel pretty stupid, and probably ashamed of your lack of action.

The signs are all around us. Hottest year after hottest year. Greenland loosing major chunks of its ice cap. Ice sheets the size of states breaking off of Antarctica. It is so obvious if you just open your eyes.

It reminds me of this scene from The West Wing.




My thoughts are with all the people on the Gulf Coast, and the First Responders.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Review - The Stern Pry

While I am hip deep in writing my next book, I thought it would be a good time to review some of the beginning stories we talked about. Amazed that These are so old.

This is the Stern Pry, which I use all the time as a little way to adjust course. Here is the original post.





Sunday, January 8, 2017

Climate Change Denial - What I don't Understand

Okay, so..... Clearly, I have read, and for the most part understand the science of Climate Change. I have also been to Alaska and seen the effects in the form of Glaciers that have retreated massively. I have had conversations with climatologists who have worked hard to understand what is happening, and their repayment is being denigrated, and in some cases threatened.

Let me say for clarity, the only part of the science that is unclear is just how bad the effects will be, and understanding just how it will play out.

But, if you don't believe the science, keep reading. Because it is you I want to hear from. I want you to explain to me what you are thinking, and your responses to a couple of questions.

If you think the scientists are wrong, or you think that the scientists are in some form of collusion, to bilk the american people (or their own country if they do their research someplace else) out of millions of dollars, let me throw out some info for you. My wife is a public health researcher and has done work with grants from various sources. When a researcher - any researcher - gets a grant, they don't actually get the money. It goes to the institution they work for (in my wifes case a state university) and that institution controls the money. It covers the researchers salary, and expenses for the research. So the thought that researchers are doing this for the research money is ridiculous.

If you think that we have no choice but to use coal and oil and natural gas to power our cities, I would point out that many countries are making renewables work. China is spending billions to be a leader in renewables, and frankly is making us look bad. They are being the world leaders we used to be, and honestly, they will probably beat us to Mars, but that is a discussion for another day. But it isn't just China, Developing countries are spending money on renewables too, you know why? Because it's cheap. Cheaper than oil, coal or nuclear, and oh yeah, its cleaner too.

If you think it will put oil workers, and coal workers out jobs, it will, but not for a long while. Oil isn't going anywhere, it will be along time before electric cars take over, and it will take time for coal to be replaced. But by decreasing our oil use we could source it locally. (except we still need to buy it from the middle east, to keep those people happy so they buy airplanes, but like I said before, a discussion for another day.) But at the same time, it will create millions of jobs because someone has to install all that solar/wind/geothermal.

But, if by some chance, we are wrong about climate change. Then we are "stuck" with renewable power leaving us energy independent, with updated infrastructure and clean water and air. Wouldn't that be terrible?

So I am wondering who is against renewables, well, billionaires that own oil companies. that's who. If I were a billionaire with money tied up in oil or gas or coal, I would be scared too. That makes sense, I understand that. If it were me, I would pivot to solar, but that's just me.

But what about non-billionaires. What about regular joe's who work for a living? Why are you against renewable energy? Tell me. Do you honestly think it is some kind of con? Tell me.

Im not the smartest guy in the world, but I really want to understand.