Back-up to reality check for book club
discussion of "What Are You Optimistic About?"
Link to article showing the futility of relying on technology to avert
the climate change disaster.
"We Can't Get There From Here
Political will and a price on CO2 won't be enough to bring about
low-carbon energy sources."
by Sharon Begley
Published Mar 14, 2009 From the magazine issue
dated Mar 23, 2009
". . . even if we scale up
existing technologies to mind-bending levels, such as finishing one
nuclear plant every other day for the next 40 years, we'll still fall
short of how much low-carbon energy will be needed to keep atmospheric
levels of carbon dioxide below what scientists now recognize as the
point of no return. . ."
Link to excerpts from page 498 of "Collapse
-- How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" by Dr. Jared Diamond. (This
book is the definitive work on environmental collapse due to human
activities and its consequences.)
". . . because we are rapidly
advancing along this non-sustainable course, the world's environmental
problems will get resolved, in one way or another, within the life
times of the children and young adults alive today. The only question
is whether they will become resolved in pleasant ways of our choice, or
in unpleasant ways . . . "
Link to Global Warming: Five Facts
and a Corollary Pique May, 2008. There is corroboration
"(5) Fossil fuel producers are
increasing their outputs to meet surging demands. Given the power of
greed and stupidity to (at least temporarily) overwhelm ingenuity,
reason and foresight, even those (above) called for inadequate
goals for reducing emissions will not be realized in a timely way.
THE COROLLARY: Habitat destruction
and species extinctions (especially the larger and more complex
species), due to planetary heating and other causes, will be virtually
completed by the end of the century. Of course, one of the terminated
species will be Homo sapiens."