Open Forum: Moving toward clean energy
Climate-gate is over. There was no finding of misconduct by the National Science Foundation after a two-year investigation. Ninety-seven percent of scientists worldwide agree we have a very serious problem and there is no evidence of data tampering. Every year without meaningful change increases the cost of reversing climate change dramatically. We’ve already seen 10 separate billion dollar weather disasters in the U.S. this year. The drought in Texas is more than a $4 billion loss alone.
We put a man on the moon and won World War II. Surely we can plant trees. One-fifth of climate change is caused by the loss of forests and wetlands.
Even if you don't believe in man caused climate change as do 83 percent of Americans (Thompson Reuters September 2011), losing the trillion dollar/year foreign oil bill in favor of clean energy electric cars and power grows jobs and the economy here at home. If you throw in elimination of: smog, oil spills, high fuel costs, oil and ethanol subsidies, as well as improved national energy security, it's a no brainer.
Perhaps the most important reason to act is; who is your carbon footprint stepping on? Millions around the world are starving and dying from drought, floods, and famine brought on by owning huge homes, SUVs, ATVs, and living and eating irresponsibly. Most religions, and certainly Christians believe “what you do to the least of us, you do to the creator.”
As our earth PPM CO2 reaches closer to the point of no return of 450, now at 394, and up from thousands of years of 280, now we must act. Thousands will be at the Capitol in St Paul Saturday for Moving Planet kickoff from 2- 7 p.m. This is a world-wide day of ending fossil fuels and moving to clean energy.
NEAL LESMEISTER worked as a geologist seeking and drilling for oil and gas for 18 years with Chevron. He has built near-zero-energy, tornado-proof homes for 12 years.