|How To Reduce Climate Change07-09-2013 10:25|
|Its very simple really. Give the rich massive tax incentives and research subsidies for renewable or alternative energy sources etc(i.e., anything BUT fossil fuels) and their self interest will take care of the rest. As long as the super rich are making gazillions from fossil fuels you will have insurmountable opposition to getting rid of them (fossil fuels, that is). However, all is not lost. For thousands of years people fervently believed that the world was flat until rich people sent out explorers to prove otherwise. Nothing succeeds like a little bit of self interest. Lets incentive the rich to get rid of fossil fuels, and see just how fast it happens.|
|You have a point, but why would the rich want to stop the use of something that is making them rich? If you could find some very wealthy people who actually care about the world then maybe this would work, but most of these people will not sacrifice the amount of money they are making.|
|Warren Buffet is currently number two on the Forbes US billionaires list, behind only Bill Gates. Buffet has invested billions in Wind Farms and he is the sort of early venture capitalist who rarely gets it wrong and who often leads the "early adopters" into successful new markets. Elon Musk sold Paypal for billions and is now making more billions out of Tesla electric vehicles. He is leading the way to get rid of gas guzzlers and purely electric vehicles are even killing off hybrids. With advances in battery technology EV's will soon have a range of a !,000 miles, so arguments about limited range will disappear> Gaz guzzlers are as dead as the steam engine - we are just awaiting the last rites. Every major auto maker in the world is already producing or flat out developing EV's, so the Bush family and their Saudi friends better make hay while the sun still shines, because the end of fossil fuels is fast approaching. Elon Musk is also the owner of Solar City, the US fastest growing and largest solar power installer. So there are two billionaires who definitely know that renewables are the way forward. Hopefully others have the good sense to follow their example.|
|The world is not short of potential solutions to our GHG problem. We have hybrid and electric cars, bicycles and monocycles. We have mass transit, telecommuting and a half dozen alternative energy sources with little or no carbon output. The wealthy cannot afford to fix the world and we would be fooling to rely on them to do it. |
We all need to get involved in making this change and that means representative governments need to get involved.
There is indeed a great potential for these billionaires to become richer once the business for renewable energy kicks in. I hope a lot more billionaires are going to spend their fortunes in investing in R&D for renewable energy sources.
Unfortunately, our reliance on fossil fuels seem to last a little bit longer with the current pace in terms of progress for renewable energy sources. There are still numerous conglomerates that would want to suck the Earth dry of fossil fuels as long as they continue to gain more profit from it.
Its really a complex scenario we have right now. The problem needs to be broken down into simple components.
|China had the one child policy. Why not have a new government policy that goes like this:|
drilling oil and gas mining coal etc.. is illegal. Anyone involved in this activity receives 30 year jail time. This is worldwide. Nations which do not adopt this policy or are caught infringing it will be devastated by nuclear attack to all of their major cities.
Talk of doing this in 100 years is a joke and simply too late, it should be immediate.
|Tai Hai Chen★★★☆☆
|you can't beat mother nature|
|Tim the plumber★★★★☆
There is no problem with the tiny, microscopic, temperature increases we hae so far seen. There is no significant trouble with the predicted temperature increases even the worst case ones which surely we can now discount the top half of after 18 years of there not happening.
Spreading death and destruction around the world is your wet dream. It will happen over my dead body. I will not make it easy for you to achieve your aim of death. I hope it's you who loses such a fight. I do not expect to have to actually fight you as you are clearly incapable of rational, organised thought. So you will continue to be pathetic. Grow up.