We have to heat our houses without natural gas. We know that solar heat can be stored.
We have to generate electricity after dark without natural gas. We know that stored solar heat can generate electricity.
We have to replace our car-strangled freeway system. 90% lifetime energy savings per passenger-mile is a good target. I’m looking for something above-grade where there’s almost nothing to hit for the automated system, probably with cars hanging from cables like ski gondolas, Yes, you can have private cars on such a system and they can affordably park in your garage or even in your apartment building’s elevator shaft.
We have to stabilize the Arctic. Snow making machines would restore the Arctic’s natural albedo on land. We could develop and build wind powered snow making machines.
We have to stabilize the Arctic Ocean’s pack ice. Pumps would bring seawater above the pack ice in midwinter, where below zero Fahrenheit air would create new ice crystals and any residual salt brine would soon find its way back down under the ice.
Now, who on Eaarth (I shouldn’t say who in Hades, this is getting too sensitive an issue now) will fund this work?
How about the Dutch government? They’re not stupid. Right? I can hope.
How about a progressive state or a regional coalition that wanted local jobs enough to stick its neck out?
How about a billionaire who either doesn’t want his great-grandkids starved to death or else he wants to cash in on a trillion dollar market? Take a guess which one gets his/her attention.
How about a foundation with more hammers in the box then 1-877-Kars 4 Kids? People would actually contribute to this foundation.
Now, who will volunteer to do the development work, said Henny Penny?
I will, said Harvard University, as soon as you send me a million dollars. We don’t actually have to lift a finger, do we? This is all about spending the money to find out what everybody else is actually doing, a survey paper, right? Then we can move on to hydrogen fusion reactors and clean coal. We’re not actually going to offend the Koch Brothers by putting them out of business, are we? Well, are we?
So, in the end I’m not half as terrified of runaway positive feedback climate change as I am of the people who are basically ten cent allies.