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'If A Kid Says Help, You Help': Climate Action Advocates Call On Adults to Join Young Activists in September's Global Climate Strike

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/26/if-kid-says-help-you-help-climate-action-advocates-call-adults-join-young-activists

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Will do: two dates are set on September 20 and September 21 in my small Vermont community. Solidarity! Please do the same where you live.

Just got them listed.

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I pray Greta makes it to NY before the hurricanes do. If they have to rescue her and crew, big oil may use it against her.

So far tropical depression six isn’t strong enough to be named tropical storm Erin. Erin’s peak winds might get as high as 50 mph, which isn’t too bad for the North Atlantic. A good sailor will watch the weather report and steer away from the worst winds.

Tropical storm Dorian is likely to plow into Florida as a tropical storm, then dissipate.

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I’m not a bad example at all for my generation. I’m 66 years old. For the past 20 years I’ve been inventing solar and climate change inventions. I haven’t been getting wealthy at all, getting somewhat poorer and lucking out is more like it.

I have one success ready to go now, and I need all sorts of help here. Tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers can now be grown in winter with zero fuel, off grid, with real winter growth, inexpensively. We don’t need to ship cardboard tomatoes in from Mexico on diesel-burning trucks, and we can have local jobs. However, and I could not make this up if I tried, nobody who is anybody is interested in such a climate change thing. It’s like pulling teeth. The same goes with about ten other mission-critical inventions.

So, I’m asking everybody the general question: How, with all the headwinds blowing against solar and climate inventors, do you expect the world to turn things around anytime soon? How are you going to treat the next generation of inventors? If you suspect that they’re good at what they do, are you still going to starve them out until they take another job? Just wondering. Do you have any other plan?

I’m an older guy saying help. There are real 90%ish or better fuel-displacing solutions to after-dark electricity generation, to transit, to heating buildings.

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“How are you going to treat the next generation of inventors? If you suspect that they’re good at what they do, are you still going to starve them out until they take another job? Just wondering. Do you have any other plan?”

We will treat the next generation of inventors by evaluating their invention and analyzing its benefit to society. We will publish data and our analysis and grant funding for commercialization when the value demonstrates that the invention is worth use in our society. We will not just accept the invention based on the words of the inventor and call its aspirations to be true.

If the inventor is good, then we will supply funding and provide them with helpful resources that are the pinnacle of scientific and engineering. We will do this and allow the inventor to grow over time learning from those who are some of the best of us. We will do this instead of yelling about problems without acknowledging the variables that contribute to our problems and yelling without recognizing the variables for an effective solution.

“Do you have another plan”
Yes we have THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PLANS, but instead of recognizing any of the plans that scientists and engineers have put forth our society ignorantly has decided to not only support but approve without analysis plans from politicians. How does that make any sense?

You want plans? Tell me how any political plan to date is more credible and more analytical than any of the following plans?

Sustainable Energy Transition proposals (non-100% renewable)

  • "NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Renewable Electricity Futures Study

: Exploration of High-Penetration Renewable Electricity Futures

  • “Global Energy Assessment World Outlook”


  • “BNEF (Bloomberg New Energy Finance): New Energy Outlook” (Download the PDF on site)


  • “The benefits of nuclear flexibility in power system operations with renewable energy”


-“The Role of Firm Low-Carbon Electricity Resources in Deep Decarbonization of Power Generation”


  • “Greenpeace and European Renewable Energy Council Energy Proposal”
  • “IEA and IPCC World Energy Outlook (I referenced a 2014 report, but you can also download their 2018 version)”

“Reflections—What Would It Take to Reduce U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions 80 Percent by 2050?”

-“MIT Energy Initiative Utility of the Future Report”

100% Renewable Energy Proposals:

-“REN21 Global Futures Report”

-“100% clean and renewable wind, water, and sunlight (WWS)for the 50 United States”


  • “Global Energy System based on 100% Renewable Power”


-" Connolly & Mathiesen: A technical and economic analysis of one potential pathway to a 100% renewable energy system"


-“The feasibility of 100% renewable electricity systems: A response to critics”


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Look at who’s article this is! Yay, Fox news!

I’ll be striking alongside the kids, but I won’t be kidding myself about the certain slide into climate chaos that’s now underway. Global emissions are still going up, friends, and turning around a “system” this big and complicated is damn near impossible:

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Do you have a GoFundMe campaign or someplace where I can read about the details?

The problem is obvious: people don’t want to be inconvenienced. Here in California, where we have a successful cap and trade plan operating, single commuter SUVs and large pickups line our freeways and they lead the sales charts. As a car dealer told the LA Times in 2018, “Consumers generally buy the largest vehicle they can afford.” Changing this desire, convincing people to take alternative modes of transportation, is critical to our planet. It’s tough to be hopeful at times though.

It’s one reason why I am greatly in favor of electric vehicle rebates, such as proposed in California’s AB 1046. I think they should give a flat maximum rebate for zero emission vehicles and drop the income requirements. I also think a greater rebate for hybrid technology should be available, at least for five years.

I’m not sure the transportation news is that bad in California since vehicle sales are down this year by about 5-6% while electric vehicle sales are expanding pretty rapidly. Clearly a way more rapid pace of change is needed - but given the federal headwinds …

California doubled the rebate for EVs – that spurred sales.

Nonetheless, Americans love pickups, big houses in the burbs, meat, denial…

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I’d be a little more cautious on that point. The state has set statutory climate goals and the last five years of automobile sales and use haven’t suggested a public inclined to meet them when it comes to getting from here-to-there. Electric vehicles, while slowly growing in popularity, aren’t close to where California needs them to be to reach those goals. We still have way too many large single occupant vehicles on the road sitting in congested queues (note: this is an underground acknowledgement that we’ve expected way to much of HOV lanes, etc.). And of course, land use—where development occurs—is a big problem.

The irony with ARB is it often speaks with multiple voices. On the one side, program managers want to emphasize the success of their programs, like the CVRP. On the other, they want to stress the need for more jurisdictional authority to create mechanisms of enforcement when extraneous factors, like vehicle usage, don’t comport with the state’s climate goals.

California is moving in a positive direction (unlike the Feds), but there is a lot of work to be done.

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Thanks for posting the Executive summary of the progress report - it was an interesting and reasonably balanced read. I like that they are putting an emphasis on measuring and tracking important input and outcome data. I’ll have to read the full report.

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