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Dear Trump: CO2 Is Polluting Our Atmosphere and Acidifying Our Water. They Aren't the 'Cleanest'

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/30/dear-trump-co2-polluting-our-atmosphere-and-acidifying-our-water-they-arent

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Here’s where we see the hazards of ecotopianism. There’s a contingent (actually, it looks like a majority) of well-intentioned climate visionaries who avoid any hint of inconvenience to anyone in the magic market-driven transition to as much “green” energy as we need, or more! There are no problems with PV’s or windmills! There are no problems with batteries! It’s just a matter of political will, and so forth.

This dominant, fundamentally dishonest approach will be vulnerable to exposure of the cherry-picking approach on this side. There’s an honest environmentalist named Ozzie Zehner who’s taken a hard look at some renewable follies. But acting like a grown-up and stepping out of “we can have whatever we wish for” land is not popular these days.

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The Wind does not blow all the time. The Sun does not shine all the time. How is this different from a Hydrocarbon plant having to continously wreck the environment to find new sources of Coal or Oil or Natural gas? Plants using these as fuel continously have to search out new sources.

There no added investment to get the shine to shine or the wind to blow and not a single war has been started to garner access to another countries sunlight.

The reason for the opposition to Sun and Wind is that the US Dollar and the economic system has as its foundation the need for Countries to keep buying Oil using that US dollar. Added to that it will be impractical if not impossible to “Privatize” sunlight and wind and claim it belongs to some Corporation or individual. There will be no news reports of “Exxon finding massive deposit of Sunlight In Iran causing share values to soar”

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Imagine how we could power the world with all the hot air Trump emits from both his mouth and butt.

Stop all government oil, gas, and coal subsidies, and watch how fast we switch to sustainable energy sources. It’s about the money, it’s always about the money.

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The stench would be unbearable!

It’s different from the fantasy of continuous cheap energy we’ll cling to so long as fossil fuel extraction is allowed to continue. Renewables do not, so far as anyone has been able to demonstrate, provide continuous cheap energy – which seems to be a non-negotiable demand.

Thus the battle lines are drawn. We can get all we want from renewables. No we can’t. Well, we can if we scale way back. But people don’t even get serious about doing without long-haul shipped produce, or air travel, or meat. I hardly think we’re ready for the slightest inconvenience. Hardly anyone’s talking about cutting way back on energy consumption, preparing to absolutely stop extraction.

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We also have to realize though, that any extra cost to providing energy will be passed on to consumers. So, when we eventually switch out of fossil fuels to renewable, any savings will likely be off-set by CEO pay among other things.

True, that’s why with the GND, we should consider nationalizing renewable energy. Once the capital outlays are paid for, the taxpayers will only be on the hook for maintenance, much cheaper than the subsidies we pay now, and if it’s paid for with taxes, instead of bills to consumers, the poor win also.

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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 water 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

Eliminate subsidies to fossil fuel corporations

Ban gasohol

Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war

Further shrink nuclear arsenals and increase treaties

Discontinue night baseball

Promote making electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible

Promote recycling

Set standards for making appliances to be as energy efficient as possible

Discontinue single use aluminum cans

Ban electric outdoor signs

Subsidize 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

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