[Ok-sus] Fw: [ As climate changes and sea level rises, Louisiana seeks to lift a highway...

Jean MCMAHON jean_mac222 at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 1 18:28:04 CDT 2012

Ned Ford's idea to work on Global Warming..Jean M

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From: Ned Ford <Ned.Ford at fuse.net>
To: Roland James <rolandjames_318 at hotmail.com> 
Cc: vfpall <vfp-all at yahoogroups.com>; nonewcoalplants at energyjustice.net 
Sent: Sunday, April 1, 2012 2:15 PM
Subject: Re: [NoCoal] As climate changes and sea level rises, Louisiana seeks to lift a highway...

Saying we live in the age of ignorance gives a certain satisfaction, but it is wrong.  The question is much like the question of the recent claim that autism is on the rise.  Is anything actually changing, or are we just diagnosing the condition more frequently?  I'd love to think we were diagnosing ignorance more often, but that misses the point.  

I have said in the past that climate change is a tipping point in
      human evolution.  It is the first challenge we have met which we
      need to respond to as a species.  It is the first time humans have
      had to behave as a species, rather than as individuals.  We're not
      unfamiliar with behaving as a group.  The U.S. Constitution is a
      recent example of humans finding value in recognizing our common
      interests.  My experience takes it back to the Magna Carta, but it
      could be traced back to early human writings.  

What is different here is that climate change is an intelligence
      test which we take as a species, and it is graded pass/fail. 
      Fail, and a lot of people die.  Most of them will be babies who
      cannot survive in a food-constrained future where the Earth simply
      doesn't support 7 billion humans.  We will probably notice the
      famines, but they won't be the main show.  

Louisiana is done for.  We are committed to sea level rise which
      will submerge about two thirds of the state.  The only question
      remaining today is how fast it happens.  Only Florida has a
      significant land loss, other than Louisiana, but the Outer Banks
      and the Barrier Islands are all either gone, or moving
      considerably inland.  I don't know how ocean current treat these

The population seems to understand warming, and has an inkling of
      sea level rise.  They do not understand ocean pH change or the
      irreversibility of the issue.

We can fail the species test, and still have humans.  Just not as
      many.  Carrying capacity is a well-known phenomenon in animal and
      microbial population studies.  When a species exceeds carrying
      capacity it dies back to about a third, and then revives to about
      two thirds of the original.  This can be repeated with diminishing
      results depending on the cause of the excess.  Humans may or may
      not be the first species which can appreciate the problem, but we
      are certainly the first species on Earth which can talk about it. 
      So far, talk is just talk.

We are on track to solve the problem as fast as we can. 
      Efficiency spending is growing by leaps and bounds (26% in 2011). 
      Renewables are growing, although the recession threw a wrench in
      the progress for wind.  But there are still only a handful of
      people who are actively engaged in the regulatory processes that
      matter, who understand the challenges in getting us to the place
      we need to be, and who can tell others what needs to be done.

That's a pretty sad showing for a species-specific intelligence

For those of you who followed all of this, we need one new
      activist in each state, who shows up at the utility regulatory
      proceedings where efficiency and renewable resource decisions are
      made.  We need to get all of those folks talking to eachother. 
      I'm working on my fifth billion dollars in savings, personally. 
      That should show you how easy it is to make a difference.  You
      can't view the utilities as bad guys.  You have to view them as
      potential partners who need economic rewards (a lot of money is
      available for rewards if efficiency programs are operated right)
      to do things.  Right now we pay the utilities to screw us.  We can
      change that so we pay them to keep our rates low, but we have to
      understand a little economics, and we have to be engaged.

Let me know if you are interested.

- Ned

On 4/1/2012 4:52 AM, Roland James wrote: 
>'As climate changes, Louisiana seeks to lift a highway'  By Juliet Eiperin, Washington Post,  March 18,  2012"...residents and business leaders are demanding that the federal government help pay to rebuild and elevate the remaining section of Highway 1, adding two miles to span the levees. Federal officials have provided scientific and technical expertise but will not contribute funding unless the state pledges to complete the road.
>Louisiana says it doesn’t have the money...." 
>[But Republican Gov Bobby Jindal and other La leaders can continue to deny Global Climate Change and lambast the federal government , 
>all the while having their hands out for more money from Washington--like 32 other mostly "red" states that receive more money 
>from Washington than they send in.  We seem to be living in an Age of Ignorance and those that do know offer inadequate responses.
>Age of Ignorance
>Charles Simic  NYRB
>Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. The ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit. 
>Watch "The Age Of Stupid" Online For Free 
>... years leading up to 2015 before runaway climate ... 10starmovies.com/Watch-Movies-Online/The_Age_Of_Stupid_2009The Age of Stupid  2009 British film by Franny Armstrong 
>This ambitious documentary-drama-animation hybrid stars Pete Postlethwaite as an archivist 
>in the devastated world of the future, asking the question: 'Why didn't we stop climate change 
>when we still had the chance?'  He looks back on footage of real people around the world in 
>the years leading up to 2015 before runaway climate change took place.The Age of Stupid  hailed by many as a brilliant piece of environmental film making that will 
>have an even greater impact than Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.  George Monbiot called it, 
>"the first successful dramatisation of climate change to reach the big screen". Mark Lynas said, 
>"The most powerful piece of cultural discourse on climate change ever produced." 
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