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Holy crap! Thanks, Dave! Poor Hans takes a huge jump--no, a rocket to the moon leap of logic--at 2:45 in that video. Him and Bill Gates, and Bill McKibben, and 6.99 billion other people, as you say. I had to watch it twice, because if you blink, you miss the magical thinking that goes on there, transitioning in about 2 seconds with those Legos. The idea that we can focus on carbon and ignore energy basis is what's missing. Focus on the tailpipe and completely ignore the gas tank is the most obtuse and deadly blind spot in the history of man.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2013 on What Are We Up Against? at Decline of the Empire
I saw this resignation as a covert admission by the Obama administration that the reign of nuclear energy has passed.
Good one! And if we believe in the scary climate change biggest threat, then all of those sexy but non-net emergy solutions such as more nuke plants become accessible. More ways to make money, with the economists doing their best cheer the whole way.
Viable systems will need to be ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially just. We're going to need to reorganize quite a bit to reach those goals?
LOL. Is it April 1st yet? You always find the most delightful reads. The first thing we need to do in descent is defang the folks with colonizer mentalities. If we let them all take off on a spaceship powered by nanotechnology, destination Eden, they won't bother us anymore. We can hang back on earth with our nuke fusion and abundant clean renewable energy. Are you implying he's smoking something? Make it so.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2012 on The Back-up Plan at Decline of the Empire
Thanks for this, I missed this one. One by one, the environmentalists realize that "climate change" is a message co-opted by the industrial global economy. If we deny the real problems, we can keep the party going for just . . . one . . . more . . . year by invoking feel good market solutions such as carbon credits and more nuke plants, with science just as committed to the flywheel economy as everyone else. For instance, here's Princeton's solution to our quandary: Double fuel efficiency of 2 billion cars from 30 to 60 mpg. Decrease the number of car miles traveled by half. Use best efficiency practices in all residential and commercial buildings. Produce current coal-based electricity with twice todays efficiency. Increase wind electricity capacity by 10 times relative to today, total = 2 million large windmills. Replace 1400 coal electric plants with natural gas-powered facilities. Install 100 times the current capacity of solar electricity. Use 40,000 square kilometers of solar panels (or 4 million windmills) to produce hydrogen cells Capture AND store emissions from 800 coal electric plants. Produce hydrogen from coal at six times today's rate AND store the captured CO2. Capture carbon from 180 coal-to-synfuels plants AND store the CO2 Increase ethanol production 12 times by creating biomass plantations = 1/6th world cropland Add double the current global nuclear capacity to replace coal-based electricity. Eliminate tropical deforestation. Adopt conservation tillage in all agricultural soils worldwide.. We can’t have our planet and capitalize on it too. More is not better. Our science has lost its way, just as co-opted by the industrial machine as every other sector of the economy? “A man with a machine and inadequate culture is a pestilence.” ― Wendell Berry
Hi, Dave. This is a great post. I've had the same feeling of "not explaining myself fully" when talking to "environmentalists" about climate change. I get blank looks of confusion or even looks of anger when I tell someone that I do not want to discuss the issue of climate change as a stand alone issue. The problem of reductionist thinking and single issue problem-solving is described at the link below. Geoengineering is such a spectacularly bad solution to the wrong problem that it the issue is worth highlighting. If we think we've got problems now, why don't we try adding some iron filings to the ocean to mix it up a bit more?!? Environmentalists can be just as guilty as everyone else of failing to see the big picture.
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