Several weeks ago a very special event occurred. The Wise Elders of the Republican Party came out for a carbon tax. The depth and seniority of the initial group is truly amazing: James Baker, Secretary of State for George H. W. Bush Martin Feldstein, Chairman of Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors George Shultz, Secretary […]
Based on public pronouncements, one of the key metrics in determining US Policy at present is whether the policy under review will keep America (and Americans) safe. If we want to keep Americans safe, then fund the EPA and support/strengthen their policies to defeat air pollution. Perhaps when we can breathe safer, we will breathe easier.
We must transition from using fossil fuels to using sustainable forms of energy. The federal government could enable and accelerate that transition. Eight prominent conservative thinkers have formed the Climate Leadership Council (CLC) and they are promoting regulations to help make the transition.
Tim noticed that the term “sea level rise” is incomplete. When faced with a statistic like “eight inches of sea level rise by 2030”, people dismissed it… thinking it wasn’t a big deal. Tim understood that it was a very big deal. As a scientist he had done the field work, and the calculations. An eight inch vertical rise in sea level translates to hundreds of feet of horizontal “run” across the sands of a flat beach.
Last week Congress set about the task of repealing one set of regulations aimed at keeping streams safe from coal mining impacts and another to reduce liabilities of escaped methane. The coal industry would have to monitor water quality before, during and after mining activities, and if water quality went down, the mining companies would have to restore the stream to its previous quality/viability/verdancy. The natural gas/fracking operations would have to reduce loss of “fugitive” natural gas from leaks, venting and flaring (the intentional burning off of natural gas). Those operations would incur the increased cost of monitoring for leaks, fixing leaks, and for capturing – not flaring – natural gas.
Jodi Smits Anderson is making sure that sustainability is truly understood and used as a tool for greater achievement in projects, planning and living. She is an architect, LEED AP BD+C, AIA member, and has served in many leadership roles with the USGBC in local and national committees. She is working with NESEA on planning […]
It was just announced that for the third year in a row, the Earth set a temperature record. For three straight years, the hottest year on record was the one just completed. 2016 beat the all time record of 2015, which beat the all time record of 2014. This has NEVER happened before since these […]
I have had enough colleagues, friends and family members die – of age, aids, alcohol, cancer, heart failure, disease, accident, suicide, violence, at sea, on land, quickly, slowly, unexpectedly, horribly, from heredity, doing what they loved, willfully, unwittingly, too soon and just because – that I am cognizant and intimately familiar with denial and its […]
In our book “This Spaceship Earth” my co-author Tim Rumage and I write about the essential need to create technologies that can perform “atmospheric cleansing”. We state that this is the “moon shot” technology needed to return the current 1230+ gigatonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere back down to the 830 gigatonne level of 45 […]
NOTE: This column from Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of TSE.Org first appeared here: http://planetaryethicist.com/ As I learned it, the Golden Rule was ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ with the goal that such consciousness would lead to doing good, being good and using kindness, graciousness and gratitude as […]