[Ok-sus] Inhofe Premises NO. 2

Vicke Adams vicke at vickeadams.com
Fri Mar 15 19:46:27 UTC 2013

Here's the problem with thinking that the argument is over, almost half the people in this country still don't believe global warming is happening. It is probably more than that in Oklahoma. We are a long ways from being through educating people. And there are many related problems that are in exactly the same boat. We still have people that don't believe oil is endless and people still think it is fine to use umpteen gallons of potable water to flush the toilet even when they just pee. Communities still mix their sewer and runoff water contaminating many gallons more than necessary. Many people are not taking seriously the problem with GMO crops or even think twice about the process by which their food is raised. People in this country have been conditioned to think that we have endless resources. We have a huge uphill battle to educate people and the educational process is thwarted by people like Senator Inhofe who mislead their constituents for the benefit of their corporate funders. That is the part I was fuming about to begin with. In my mind it is terribly wrong to use your position to manipulate and mislead.


PS - While I'm not an expert on this issue, I think that use of the term moron is frowned upon these days :-)

-----Original Message-----
From: Ok-sus [mailto:ok-sus-bounces at lists.oksustainability.org] On Behalf Of Joel Olson
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:41 PM
To: ok-sus at lists.oksustainability.org
Subject: Re: [Ok-sus] Inhofe Premises NO. 2

Well, John, in answer to
"What could be more sustainable than that.":

We could recognize that the argument is over, and stop falling for the "Let's argue the case again" gambit promulgated repeatedly by the minions of the Heartland Foundation, the Koch Brothers and the big fossil fuel corporations. It's exactly like the moron who lost $20 betting on the play, and another $20 on the replay.

And get on with doing something about the problems. It is very clear that we need to stop using fossil fuels, for electricity and for transportation.

The battle over limiting carbon will continue and it looks a lot like the trench warfare of WWI - little movement on either side. And its likely to stay that way for the next four years, while the natural calamities continue.
Floods and hurricanes along the coasts, heat waves in the midwest, water shortages in the southwest. The cap & trade, or fee & dividend arguments will all be quickly turned into squabbles as to who gets the tax money, and the measures will be stalled.

Cutting back on CO2 will be costly, and much of that cost will trickle down to everyday people. A sudden stop would be more dramatic that the recent'
'fiscal cliff'. But gradual reduction, combined with replacement with renewable energy will soften the drop. And renewables are, by definition, sustainable.

The way that other states have made progress in renewable energy is by enacting a mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standard. These require the major utility companies to obtain a percentage of the state's energy use from renewable sources by a certain date. It puts pressure on them to eliminate their coal plants, and to encourage the development of renewable industry, jobs, factories and investors in-state. It is a proven way to develop renewables quickly, and expand the state's economy at the same time.

People will never go for a straight elimination of fossil energy. We HAVE to replace that with energy from clean sources.

Joel Olson
meteorologist, NWS, retired
Moore, OK

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Miggins" <jmiggins at cox.net>
To: <ok-sus at lists.oksustainability.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2013 2:33 PM
Subject: Re: [Ok-sus] Inhofe Premises NO. 2

Perhaps we can stage a great debate in the state of Oklahoma on this topic once
and for all in lieu of a sustainability conference it would seem with the
experts we have on both sides I would Pay to see Hentges and Inhofe debate
global warming, perhaps have it in Norman at the Weather Center.

What could be more sustainable than that.

John Miggins
Harvest Energy Solutions
"renewable solutions to everyday needs"
1571 East 22 place, Tulsa OK 74114
jmiggins at cox.net

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