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California Wildfires Are “Climate Change, for Real and in Real Time”


#1

California Wildfires Are “Climate Change, for Real and in Real Time”

Andy Rowell

How many more have to die? The global heat-wave of 2018, caused by climate change, is now killing in California.

Some eight people have already died, including children and four fire-fighters, in wild-fires ravaging the state.

Just as the authorities found the bodies of people trying to shelter from the flames in Greece, so they have too in California. At the weekend, they found two children sheltering under a wet blanket, along with their grand-mother.


#2

Obviously wildfires are a natural occurrence in California and with a growing population fires are more destructive but scientists found that climate change is increasing the number of fires (forest management also plays a role). It is clear now in the US society will not respond to climate change as a whole. There are islands of society that are responding. Virtually no developed country is responding fast enough. Not one developed country is on track to meet is Paris Climate Accord pledge, and those pledges were insufficient and would require strengthening for the temperature to be below 2C at the end of this century. There have been international discussions taking place since around 1990 on this problem so calling for international discussions seems meaningless since they are plenty of such discussions. Trump can be blamed but the problem wasn’t being solved before Trump and even if he wasn’t president there would be no reason for optimism. Trump is an obstacle but in many parts of the country people are ignoring Trump and fighting climate change. The fossil fuel corporations are also an obstacle but even if they weren’t it unlikely that the fight against climate change would be going well. In the US the most important governments for fighting climate change are probably state governments. They regulate utilities and determine what kind of energy is used to supply the grid. They also pass laws that affect local governments. State governments can provide programs to speed up the implementation of solar and wind and charging stations for electrical vehicles. All state should be doing more but some are doing quite a bit and others are not. We have not reached the point where all states are on board and that is where we need to be.


#3

The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions
End our love affair with the automobile
Ride more trains and buses
Car pool
Walk and bike more
Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter
Become vegetarians or vegans
Refill plastic bottles with tap water
Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation
Maximize use of reusable bags and products
Recycle junk mail
Forego fast junk food
Go to “slow food”;
Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans
Drive and accelerate more slowly
Climb more stairs
Plant more trees
Forego use of spray cans
Ride more trains and buses
Repair, mend and alter as much as possible
Buy solar panels
Compost as much as possible
Last person out of the room turn off the lights
Eat and farm organic
Ride more trains and buses
Fly fewer planes
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Use manual tools instead of power tools
Share more
Use rakes rather than leaf blowers
Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water
Maximize reusable bags and products
Push rather than power small mowers
Replace lawns with vegetable gardens
Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns
Compost as much as possible
Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);
Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;
Limit endless gadgets
Use motion lighting, where appropriate
Decrease consumption
Limit family size

Local Government Actions
Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)
Institute a carbon tax
Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit
Expand bike paths
Have shareable (zip) cars
Ban electric outdoor signs;
Eat and farm organic
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings
eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food
replace

Federal Government Actions
Ban gasohol
Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war
Discontinue night baseball
Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible
Recycle maximally
Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible
Discontinue aluminum cans
Ban electric outdoor signs
Maximize solar and wind power;
Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture
Reverse deforestation, plant more trees
Restrict spray cans
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide
End yearly auto model changes;
Proscribe junk mail
Scrap the mission to Mars
Adjust tax laws to limit family size
Promote limiting world population growth


#4

While climate change may be real, we still must look at the possibility of the agenda being pushed by those who rule us. The use of Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) have been used in forest fires around the world. Judging by the many anomalies of fires in California, Greece, Sweden, and Australia wherein multiple starting points of fires are common (over 40 in CA) our suspicions should be aroused to a point where we at least take a second look at what is always easily accepted. There are two things people rarely question, plane crashes and forest fires.

Forest fires and the ensuing devastation of land are convenient ways to move large segments of population to other areas.


#5

I always find it perplexing that so many people who complain about the consequences of global warming insist on living in a way that adds to it.

People who pack tighter and tighter into the metropolitan statistical areas o Southern California and NYC/NJ for example.

Consider the fossil fuel costs of structures and infrastructure in these areas.

Look around at the constant construction activities. Diesel burning heavy equipment. Non-renewable materials produced with fossil fuels.

Constant governmental efforts to figure out how to pack even more people into the already densely populated areas - often under the guise of ‘humanitarian causes’ like ‘affordable housing.’ (Which is really just a way to get poor people in to take low paying service jobs - but not have them TOO close.)

All packed into as dense an area as humanly possible and trying to figure out how to pack in even more.

People who choose to live in a way that adds to the problem complaining and demanding ‘other people’ do something about it…


#6

Hallelujah, a person with some actual ways to reduce the use of fossil fuels. I know you are just the idea person and others will have to make it work. Such as figure how to house 100 million people who will be forced to abandon trillions of dollars worth of homes and be moved into high density housing built at the cost of trillions more and the expense and logistics of transporting those people to their jobs. And then there is the difficulty of plowing almost a billion acres of farm land without those big green tractors and controlling weeds and bugs without pesticides and exactly where is all that compost needed to fertilize those acres going to come from and how will it get distributed?

No doubt it can be done, look at what Stalin did in order to defeat the Nazis. Do we have the will power to take those kinds of measures?