I’ve been at this blog writing thing for a little over a year now which means that I’ve gone from 0 to over 270,000 wonderful readers. Along the way I try to keep in mind that everyone gets here with differing backgrounds and ranges of familiarity with the subject matter which beckons the question: what exactly is the “subject matter?”
You may look at the article titles on this website and wonder if I’m not just throwing darts at the daily news headlines. And my Facebook Page would appear to have even more “mission creep.” Believe it or not, I do have an overarching theme, goal, and strategy. Sure, I get sidetracked by totally irrelevant things like Chris Christie condoning the torture of pregnant pigs, but hey, who can blame me? Injustice, wrong-doing and general bad behavior are like a really long weed which needs to be yanked on.
Back to the goal, which is to combat climate change. To do THAT, we need to stop relying on fossil fuels. But to do that, the general pubic has to become better informed about 1) climate science, 2) what is going on behind the scenes which keeps us stuck where we’re at, 3) the identities of who, and what are keeping us stuck. So before the actual and real problem can even begin to be solved, we need to topple the carbon beast. Once that house of cards begins to fall, it’s going to go down fast as people will wake up and be really angry about how far we’ve gone down the wrong road.
Unfortunately, out of the corner of my eye I can also see that we’re pushing the planet beyond the brink of where it can absorb all of our mistakes. So it’s a race and it’s going to be a photo finish, which is why I get so impatient.
If you’re wondering where Bernie Sanders fits into this mix, I write about him because he’s the only political candidate we have here in the US who can and would change the disastrous course we’re on.
To summarize, I’m trying to explain the science (good and bad which includes things like fracking), while helping readers see why things are the way they are. One of my pet peeves is when people just sit back and complain and “react” to things without actually having real ideas or a plan to solve the problem. It drives me nuts because it’s SO much easier to just shoot spitballs from the sidelines while not offering solutions. When I say, “solutions,” I’m not talking about lofty expressions like “raise awareness” or “increase efficiency,” which are feel good words for kicking the can down the road while cashing in on some sort of gravy train. There are times and places for “awareness” and “efficiency,” certainly, but not when you’re standing in front of an oncoming bullet train.
So if you’re new here, as most are, and you want to know what my solutions are, what I identify as the obstacles and the answers, then click on the links below, or, use the Tag Cloud on the right of this website and click, “Solutions.” And keep in mind that I don’t think they’re going to make anyone too happy. You’re definitely not going to be thinking about unicorns and rainbows after reading those posts, that’s for sure. I don’t like the draconian methods, but I’m not the only one responsible for the situation we’re in. I’m not a vegetarian and I don’t know how to garden, but that doesn’t mean, for example, that those things aren’t part of what needs to happen:
“The solution in the palm of your hand” is about how technology can, and must, play a role in combatting climate change on a global scale;
To understand some of the backstory and the overarching reasons that environmentalists have thus far failed to reverse our dependence on carbon based energy, click here;
To see what’s it going to take to actually begin putting the brakes on rising emissions and ever-so-slowly begin reversing what we’re locked into, temperature-wise, please read “This is what it’s going to take to save humanity,“ and don’t kill the messenger on this one. I’m probably not even going far enough, if you can believe it;
In “Not just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic,” I have outlined 3 steps which should be taken, policy-wise, to hasten the demise of our reliance on fossil fuels;
And finally, what I think the real tipping point will be (melting permafrost in the Arctic which will cause a massive release of methane), which will lead us to the worst choice ever (geoengineering) to save ourselves. Which won’t work alone.
If you want to read further about the subject matter, I’d suggest starting with these books:
1) “This Changes Everything,” by Naomi Klein;
2) “Revolution Justified,” by Roger Cox;
3) “Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change,” by George Marshall;
4) “Atmospheric Justice: A Political Theory of Climate Change,” by Steve Vanderheiden.