Climate change shouldn’t be framed as a war. There’s no us vs. them. The author makes that case that we need to see it as a revolution. In so doing we don’t need a war machine to produce our way out of the problem. We need to revolutionize the way we produce and consume energy and who does and doesn’t benefit from that.
if we understand that the enemy is not our physical environment, but the unjust social relations that allow some to gain at the expense of and risk to others, then technological solutions can be a part, but only a part, of the plan.
We Don’t Need a ‘War’ on Climate Change, We Need a Revolution http://nyti.ms/2dUh36w
Minnesota has it figured out.
“energy consumption is growing more slowly than Minnesota’s robust economy, and greenhouse-gas emissions have basically been level since 2000.”
“We’re going to push the utilities harder than they want to be pushed, but we want them to make money while they’re doing it,”
Energy conservation doesn’t have to come at the expense of profit. Utilities world wide could learn a lot from those in Minnesota. They’ve been cleaning up their act for years and still profiting. The key appears to be flexibility in how the utilities go about improving.
while the state oversees the utilities’ renewable energy and carbon-reduction goals, the market largely chooses how they are met.
Using people’s reputations to encourage them to participate in programs for the public good.
If a person’s reputation is on the line it makes him or her more likely to do the right thing. Does the opposite hold true? How about posting lists of people who are not participating. Similar results?
Its also hard to understand why public utilities can’t mandate use of the devices mentioned to prevent blackouts.
NYTimes: How to Prevent Summer Blackouts
Rest assured that the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane is full of energy.
NYTimes: Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell
Sounds great. I’m sure the devil is in the details, but we need to do something.
Corporations have no interest in doing the right thing, so we can’t rely on them to solve our environmental problems. We should become accustomed to paying the true cost of things including cleaning up the future messes our consumptive habits create.
Easing consumers into paying the real cost for energy and pollution intensive products by offering financial incentives sounds like a great idea.
NYTimes: Our Carbon, Our Climate, Our Cash http://nyti.ms/ZOLHgU
A smart idea for dealing with unpredictable weather. Develop micro power grids which can operate independently from the main grid in times of outages.
NYTimes: Plasma Gasification Raises Hopes of Clean Energy From Garbage http://nyti.ms/SxX1Ol