July 22, 2008 |
Our civilization is fast approaching a tipping point. Humans will need to make the transition from nonrenewable fossil fuels as the primary source of our energy to renewable energy sources that will allow us to flourish into the future. Failure to make that transformation will doom us to the endless political machinations and economic conflicts that have plagued civilization for the last half-millennium. We need new technologies to be sure, but without evolved political and economic systems, we cannot become what we must.
June 2, 2010 |
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill should inspire the U.S. to cut its reliance on fossil fuels, President Obama said Wednesday, issuing his strongest promise yet to fight for Senate passage of a climate bill. The only way the country will ever transition to clean energy is if the private sector has to pay a price for carbon pollution, Obama told an audience of students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. The House has already passed a bill designed to do that, and a similar plan is pending before the Senate, but passage is imperiled by a flood of issues competing for attention this election year.
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May 19, 2010 |
As he wages a Republican primary for governor this year, Steve Poizner has advocated rolling back California's law to curb global warming indefinitely, calling it "a Draconian set of regulations that doesn't help the environment and … destroys the economy." But four years ago, when the law was passed and he was seeking the endorsements of environmentalists for a different race, Poizner said he supported the anti-global-warming law, which had been approved that year. In an e-mail to a campaign consultant, he said he had filled out a questionnaire for the Sierra Club, an environmental group.
April 6, 2008
We are not addicted to oil: It is our lifeblood. ("Your Money: The Oil Habit," March 30.) We've been raised on oil and other fossil fuels. This is not a habit we can break like cigarettes or alcohol. We are dependent on oil for our food, transportation, commerce, medicine, communication, sanitation and the job specialization that provides the vast majority of our livelihoods. Breaking our dependency will involve a wholesale change in the way we live and who we are as a people. Sarah Anne Edwards, ecopsychologist Pine Mountain Club
January 26, 2004
Re "Governor Pushes for 'Hydrogen Highways,' " Jan. 20: I'm all in favor of "Hydrogen Highways," but there's a growing misconception about hydrogen fuel. In the hydrogen economy, hydrogen is not a source of energy but only a means of storing and transporting energy. The energy must come from elsewhere. Even though hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, there is no free hydrogen on Earth. It is all bound up in other compounds. Energy is required to separate the hydrogen from other compounds.
April 7, 2013
Re "A pipeline to disaster," Opinion, April 4 Climate scientist James Hansen is right to push for reducing our carbon dioxide emissions to minimize global warming, but he has no sense of using the political art of compromise to achieve our goals. As he admits, the oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada will find its way to the market one way or another, where it will replace even dirtier coal. Not allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to be built to transport that oil through the U.S. to the Gulf of Mexico will simply force the use of more expensive and dirtier forms of transportation and would anger our best friends, the Canadians.
November 2, 2013
Re "Governor signs emissions pact with neighbors," Oct. 29 Gov. Jerry Brown is right to seek new ways to address climate change, but he's sabotaging his own efforts by greenlighting fracking for dirty oil in our state. The governor's support for fracking is out of step with both climate science and the electorate here, where a poll this summer found that 58% of Californians want a moratorium on the practice. To have a decent chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change, we have to leave most fossil fuels buried safely in the ground, as noted by the recently released report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
July 28, 2005
Re "U.S. an environmental slacker," Opinion, July 25 Wow. So I'm an environmental slacker! Too bad Sen. Dianne Feinstein is an academic slacker. Does our planet seem to be heating up? Yup. Is it the result of burning fossil fuels? Don't know. Nobody does. Blaming the warming of the planet on fossil fuels ignores the fact that the Earth has been much warmer than it is now, as well as much colder. Global warming is a red herring. It should be called climate change. As to the Kyoto Protocol, only someone as smugly self-righteous as Feinstein would even suggest that it would be a good idea to turn over our economy to some appointed world body to decide just how much fuel we are able to burn, while Third World nations such as China and Brazil can burn as much fuel as they want.