Wednesday, May 28, 2008

David Orr Interview at Treehugger

This is actually hilarious:

 I think there is no such thing here as cheap solutions or end-runs around the way the world works. We are going to have to balance the carbon books, balance the nitrogen books, and build a world that is a lot fairer than what we have at present. My sense is that it is going to be a tough thing.

That raises issues: ‘well what do you tell the public?’ Gustave Speth, the dean of the School Forestry at Yale, refers to a lot of this stuff as "happy talk." There is a lot of happy talk out there that is premised on the belief that you can't tell the public the bad news because it’ll scare them and they'll not do anything, or they will fall into despair.

That wasn't the strategy that Winston Churchill had in 1940;
Churchill told the British people that he didn't have anything to offer them but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. He didn't say, "hey this is a great opportunity for urban renewal in London and we can beat Nazism at a profit."

I think there's a requirement for leadership now in this country at the very top of the government, certainly in the next presidency, to tell the truth, to tell the American public that this in fact is a global crisis. We have to lead it. Time is short.

Monday, May 19, 2008

BYU Acceptance Letter


Jamund Ferguson
10420 17th ave sw
seattle Washington 98146
United States of America

Dear Jamund,

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Categorizing Comments on Climate Change

There has been an uproar as of late in conservative media about prominent Republicans George Bush and John McCain's stance on global warming. The responses have brought out opinions of many kinds and help differentiate the prominent ideas on the topics. Here I will outline just a few of the ideas and try and track down proponents of those ideas and links to more information. This will be useful when trying to find a particular perspective on climate change and more information about a point of view.

Here goes:

"We Don't Have Enough Reliable Data"
Patrick Michael's, Cato Institute (Our Climate Numbers Are a Big Old Mess)
George Bush of the past

The Climate may be Changing, but it is not our Fault
Steven Millloy, Fox News (U.N. Climate Distractions)

The Climate is Changing, it is our Fault, but we Cannot Afford to Act  (At least in the Ways Most Commonly Suggested)
Bjorn Lumberg (Chill Out!)
National Review Magazine (Big Mistake)
George Bush (today)

The Climate is Changing, Serious Action is Needed (Tax, Cap and Trade, etc.)
The Pope
Al Gore (Cap and Trade + Everything)
John McCain (Cap and Trade + Nuclear)
Barack Obama (Cap and Trade)

The Climate is Changing and we are All Going to Die ("Nothing Can Be Done")
Derrick Jensen?

On the Solutions Side. There are 4 main ideas:
Do Nothing for Now.
Adapt. (London Climate Change Plan)
Contain. (Kyoto, etc.)
Preempt. (Heavy Investment in R&D)