Tuesday, January 2, 2007

The price (of fossil fuel) is wrong.

Hello Blogosphere,

This is my first attempt at blogging...

I'm trying to get the word out about climate change-- how it really works and what we can do about it. Here's a compilation of information that I've researched: "Climate Chaos, Earth's Health".

Basic thrust: Climate change will not be gradual or stable, but chaotic. Expect more powerful and dangerous storms, droughts, floods, crop failures, and disease. Our accelerating use of fossil fuels will shove the Earth's climate into chaos -- it's not a situation that humans can adapt to, at least not very many of us for very long. We can cut our carbon emissions but it will require a huge change in the incentives that currently encourage fossil fuel use and waste. I'm supporting market incentives (green taxes) to harness the power of markets to change behavior.

(In the US we waste so much energy that a 50% reduction within a decade is quite feasible.)

The footnotes are linked to my sources and there is some really great stuff there-- including some great graphics and interactive material, so click away. I want this to be a tool for activists to inform and educate everyone.

I'm encouraged that in announcing his candidacy for President, John Edwards has made climate change one of his three top priorities. (His other two priorities were eliminating poverty, and universal health care. Do we have a genuine progressive here?)

Best in the New Year,

- james

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