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Don’t Drop This on Your Foot!

President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency have finally weighed in to the climate change debate with a massive tome – The Clean Power Plan.

If you have the time and determination to read through this document yourself, you can get an on-line version in PDF format.

I decided to give it a try, but admit to reaching only Page 65 before putting it to one side, with a mental note – later (if I must)!

Apart from its weight, this document is highly significant, in that it heralds a commitment by the American people to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by the year 2030. Some may say that this measure is way too late, but my view is “Better late than never” – don’t knock it!

Unfortunately, not all of the American people see eye to eye on the need for carbon dioxide reduction yet. To those ‘Doubting Thomas’s’ there is a simple answer – you will only find out if you are still alive, and cutting emissions now gives us the best chance of survival.

There are also those that bemoan the cost of these new measures – see US unveils sharp curbs on coal power plants

There is talk of “a dagger in the heart of the American middle class”, and “there’s no question that electricity prices will skyrocket”, but EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has a different opinion.

“They’re wrong,” Ms McCarthy said. “We have never, nor will we ever, have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment.”

“The EPA estimates the new rules will shrink electricity bills by 8% by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand on the electricity system.”

And don’t forget, the costs of “Exceptional Climate Events” have so far been staggering, both in terms of loss of life, and economic effect. This new rule will at least mitigate future costs from this source.

America – Welcome Aboard!

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In days, Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Climate Change, will be sitting down for an online meeting with Avaaz members to find out what voters want. Let’s make sure he hears loud and clear that we expect Britain to be a world-beater when it comes killing emissions.

We’re still reeling from the news that Antarctica is melting much faster than we knew, bringing massive sea level rises and putting cities from Bangkok to London at risk. A vital global summit on climate change is coming up fast and countries need to decide now what carbon cuts they will offer up. So far no one’s stepping up — but Britain could play a leading role in restarting the momentum.

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Get the Climate Change Message Across!

If the National Climate Assessment (NCA3) fails to get the Climate Change message across to the American people, I really am at a loss as to what to do next.

My first sources of information were:-
Warming ‘increasingly disruptive’ across US – report
Climate change wreaking havoc in America’s backyard, scientists warn

I have downloaded the NCA3 Overview, the NCA3 Highlights, and the NCA3 Climate Change Impacts in the United States so far, and can only say that this document is impressive, both in its coverage and in its presentation.
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I am certain that most of the hardened climate change naysayers will have to relent after reading this report. So our first job is to make sure that they know where to find it.

Get it here:- http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/downloads

The text at the bottom of the page tells you what it is all about:-

“The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.

A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.”

And they have done a magnificent job! So do yourselves a favour by reading as much of the report as you can manage!

Now a word about priorities!

Imagine that you and your friends are on a boat, and the boat develops a leak, and starts to fill up with water. You know that if nothing is done, the boat will eventually founder, and all souls aboard will be lost.

What is the very first thing that needs to be done?

    1. Repair the leak, and stop water coming in, or
    2. Find out whose fault it is that the hull is leaking, and punish them?

Hopefully you will come to the same conclusion that I did – repair the leak must be the very first priority. Who caused it can be dealt with later, when we know that we will survive!

Continuing the analogy, we see that the leak itself is not a hole at all. In fact the cause is too much pressure on the hull. This has lead to distortion, and the plates are letting water in where they overlap at the rivets.

The cure, in fact, is to remove the pressure on the hull. This would allow the hull to regain its proper shape, and the leak around the plates would stop.

The difficulty we face is that the pressure cannot be relieved immediately. It has taken 200 to 300 years to build up to danger level, and we have no safe means of reducing it quickly.

Added to that, we don’t know how much more strain the hull can take before it implodes, with catastrophic consequences.

We must act quickly now!

At the personal level, use less of everything.

At the national level, guide industry to as much reduction as possible in greenhouse gases.

We cannot afford to split hairs over the cost. If we fail, we will pay the ultimate price – the Earth.

America, like it or not, you have always been on-board.

We are all in the same boat!

I will begin to feel a bit easier when I can see that we are all rowing in the same direction!

Read NCA3, and spread the message!,

In spite of everything, there are still some among us who are blinded by money, and fail to acknowledge the approaching disaster:-

“Some Republican members of Congress continued to dismiss the findings of the report. Deb Fischer, a Republican Senator from Nebraska, attacked the science as “politically charged” and “far from settled” as well as Obama for bypassing Congress and using his executive authority to act on climate change.

Meanwhile, a leading coal industry lobby group, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, dismissed the report as “unsubstantiated scare tactics and hyperbole” and lashed out at Obama for moving ahead on power plant regulations.”

Our task is to take away their oars!