Xmas and Climate Change

This coming Christmas, we should start a new Xmas tradition. Buy a tree like last year, but with the roots intact, and when Christmas is finished, take it outside and plant it on your property (dig the hole in October when the ground is still unfrozen). Every Xmas could produce millions of new trees to inhale carbon — instead of just throwing them away.

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Climate Change and Extinction

Climate change isn’t new. The earth’s climate has always been changing. For instance, they think at one point the earth was an icy ball. At one point, Africa was connected to Latin America — those plates keep moving. I do think mankind has contributed to the recent global warming significantly, but there have been such warming trends in the past — when mankind didn’t exist.

Extinction for species on earth is also not new. At some point, mankind will go extinct, just as the dinosaurs eventually met their fate, which was also caused by a radical and sudden change in their climate. For us, it will be a disruption of the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. Our current atmosphere is 4 parts nitrogen to 1 part oxygen. At what point does a change in that ratio mean extinction for mankind? Let’s say 9 parts everything else to only 1 part oxygen. Bye bye mankind.

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Intractable Problem

The problem with climate change is that it is not such an easy fix. Fossil fuels now and for the foreseeable future are the basis of our economy and way of life. Even with overwhelming support and development of alternative energy sources, these alternatives collectively will never make more than a small percentage of the total need. And the public won’t accept further development of nuclear. So even if you had the entire country on the same page relative to the urgency of the climate change issue, there still is no real viable solution in sight. An emotional speech by a teenage at the UN doesn’t change that predicament one iota.

But on a positive note, I’d like to see the federal government jack up the tax credit for installing solar panels. Ridiculous how low a percentage of houses have solar panels. All these discussions about climate change, one thing that is never mentioned are trees. Guess what? Trees take in carbon. So plant a tree. Something everyone could do. But it’s never mentioned.

Now they have developed technology for extracting carbon (and methane?) out of the atmosphere — will they figure out a way to do this on a large enough scale so that it would matter? That’s a very important question.

And would a carbon tax make companies look into technologies for trapping all those greenhouse gases instead of releasing them into the air? Perhaps.

As for the methane released by all those factory-farmed cows for beef — I don’t see anyone willing to give up their Big Mac. If anything, the developing parts of the world are just now demanding the same kind of meat-oriented diet the West has been gorging on for years. So that particular source for the release of methane is  likely to get worse, not better.

Do you think they are going to put a stop to burning down the forests in Indonesia or the Amazon any time soon?  Sorry, but that’s probably another dead end.  Too much profit in what they are doing.

So, in a 100 years from now, maybe sooner, when the planet gets significantly warmer, there will be zones which are uninhabitable because of their heat, and the coastlines will have be moved.

I wouldn’t be a big buyer of beach-front properties, like what you see all along the Florida coastlines.

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Solar Panels and Taxes

The Federal Government should boost the tax credit homeowners get for installing solar panels — a large enough tax break so that no one would dispute the benefit of installing them.  The entire cost of installing the solar panel system should be deductible, in my opinion, because the percentage of houses with solar panels is still nowhere near where it should be.

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Al Gore the Hero

I must say I think Al Gore has been a heroic crusader for climate change in the face of stark denial by all the Republicans.

Of course the Republicans are in denial because it threatens the use of fossil fuels, which are the spark, literally, for economic development, their number one priority.  But the climate will not pay any attention at all to such denials, and it will just get hotter and hotter with the greater and greater greenhouse effect.

Republicans are in denial about climate change, just as surely as Democrats are in denial that abortion is murder (another inconvenient truth).  You know when people are in denial when they deny the obvious — like the Left-wing governments in Europe turning a blind eye to the wave of crime and violence, not to mention terrorist attacks, from the hordes of unintegrated Muslim immigrants.  Problem is denial doesn’t make the issue go away, just like putting your hands in front of your eyes doesn’t make the train barreling toward you go away.

And this runaway train of climate change is very real — Al Gore’s more recent An Inconvenient Sequel is just as provocative, stunning, and convincing as his original  documentary An Inconvenient Truth, maybe even more so.

My opinion: unfortunate you are if you happen to own any property in Miami.  My advice: best to sell when you still can — even if you take a bath (pun intended), for the bath you will take later will be much much worse.

In fact, I would venture to say that all beachfront property is a poor investment going forward.  And this will not change because of denials; in fact, the denials today make this a certainty tomorrow.

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Carbon Removal Techniques

The so-called Green New Deal is from lala land.  It presupposes that fossil fuels can be replaced by alternative energy sources such as sunlight, wind, etc.  Problem is those alternatives barely make up a small fraction of the total, and far from being reduced, it looks like the use of fossil fuels is actually accelerating — China, for instance, doubled their use of oil in just one year in 2016.  So the real issue is how to deal with the amount of excess carbon in the atmosphere despite this acceleration, despite the use of fossil fuels, which are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

A more practical approach — that might actually achieve something — might be removing the carbon from the atmosphere.  Can we tackle the climate change problem by filtering out carbon from the air around us?  The link below explores the practicality of this approach in some detail.

I also think we must come up with solutions for capturing the carbon before it is released as a gas into the atmosphere.  This would be for both cars with their exhaust pipes as well as for factories with their chimneys spewing the stuff into the air.  A carbon tax might be made so costly that private companies would see the cost/benefit of investing in a technology that would allow them to trap the carbon instead of releasing it as a gas.  Ditto for cars that continue to spew the gas out of tailpipes.

There should be a national Plant A Tree program to get each family involved in exploiting this natural remedy.  Trees inhale carbon and exhale oxygen — what am I missing?  Isn’t that a real solution and not from lala land.

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