El sábado, 15 de marzo, 2014, en Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Joseph Robertson dará una conferencia sobre la crisis climática, las soluciones tecnológicas que ya existen, y el trabajo de los voluntarios de Citizens Climate Lobby de crear voluntad política para aprobar y efectuar una solución legislativa.
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It’s not the simple
or the short or the long
that comes in waves
and tastes like history
it’s not the fact
that she was gone so suddenly
or had been there at all
or almost wasn’t
even as she wept
From time to time, commentators make a bid for replacing hard fact and clear thinking with feigned skepticism. When they are feeling particularly inexpert and unbalanced, they resort to insults, smears and personal attacks, even profanity. This must be why Charles Krauthammer’s syndicated column “Climate change is not a fact”, so eagerly overlooks one key piece of evidence: the climate is actually, observably, changing. Instead, he resorts to the sad and unprofessional assertion that everyone who thinks it wise to be responsible in our interactions with nature is “whoring after other Gods”.
There are better ways to understand a global crisis and the science that will allow us to deal with it. Some of us would rather focus on what we know, and what we can do to ensure our relationship to the natural world is responsible, resilient and informed by science, ethics and a commitment to future generations.
From Anton Chekhov’s inimitable Uncle Vanya:
VOITSKI [to Astrov]: you must let me go on burning firewood in my stoves and building my sheds of planks.”
ASTROV: You can burn peat in your stoves and build your sheds of stone. Oh, I don’t object, of course, to cutting wood from necessity, but why destroy the forests? The woods of Russia are trembling under the blows of the axe. Millions of trees have perished. The homes of wild animals and birds have been desolated; the rivers are shrinking, and many beautiful landscapes are gone forever. And why? Because men are too lazy and stupid to stoop down and pick up their fuel from the ground … Who but a stupid barbarian could burn so much beauty in his stove and destroy that which he cannot make? Man is endowed with reason and the power to create, so that he may increase that which has been given him, but until now he has not created, but demolished. The forests are disappearing, the rivers are running dry, the game is exterminated, the climate is spoiled, and the earth becomes poorer and uglier every day … when I pass peasant forests that I have preserved from the axe, or hear the rustling of the young plantations set out with my own hands, I feel as if I had had some small share in improving the climate, and that if mankind is happy a thousands years from now I will have been a little bit responsible for their happiness.
There has been much made of David Gregory’s allowing a professed climate science denier to “debate” Bill Nye on the validity of climate science, on Meet the Press, the nation’s premier Sunday morning news program. David Gregory cited Sec. of State John Kerry’s climate speech in Jakarta as asserting that the crisis is “threatening the world’s way of life”. Gregory’s introduction noted the rising costs of addressing ever more extreme weather, then revived the tired and untrue idea that climate science has not shown whether human activity is part of the problem. Al Roker was shown alleging that we are not clear about whether human activity is causing climate change, but affirming climate change is happening. This tell-all-sides intro ended with footage of the President of the United States forcefully declaring, “The science is settled.”
Rep. Blackburn (R-TN) very constructively noted that we have to face a cost-benefit analysis of the increasing volumes of information we have regarding the crisis and our options for addressing it. She then made the case that the expansion of atmospheric CO2 levels from 320 ppm to 400 ppm (a change of 25%) is “very slight”. She is saying we have plenty of time and the situation is not yet an emergency.
When Rep. Blackburn won the Century Council’s Congressional Award, she said she looked forward to ”continuing to work with parents and educators in my district as we lead this important fight to eliminate underage drinking and drunk driving”. A blood-alcohol level increase of 25% from 0.07% to 0.0875% is not only significant enough to break the legally allowed limit, it is considered scientifically toxic enough to cause serious sensory impairment and pose a danger to human safety, should the intoxicated person get behind the wheel of a car.
[ The Note for February 2014 ]
Before we can get into the value of natural systems, we have to learn to see what is brought into being through processes prior to all human intervention, and we have to be honest about whether any part of those processes is really able to be replaced by human invention or intervention. To produce rainwater, for instance, across most of the world’s land area, would be so costly an experiment as to render the numbers we now assign to gross domestic product (or overall spending within a given economy) functionally obsolete.
The consortium of major institutional investors known as CERES is promoting the idea of an economic surge related to the “Clean Trillion”—a projected annual capital investment threshold required to prevent a 2ºC rise in global average temperatures. CERES projects the world will need to invest an average of $1 trillion per year in clean power generation every year for the next 36 years to effectively put the brakes on global average temperature rise.
The core message is that this is not “added cost”; this is fresh investment and a major opportunity for a new wave of prosperity across the world, which institutional investors whose net worth is more than $75 trillion, can and should support.