These are the times that inspire people to stand up.
The first major science study to link green house gases, caused by our cooking with gas & driving cars, to longer and more deadly heat waves was published in 2004.
It was titled “More intense, more frequent and longer lasting heat waves in the 21st century, by Gerald Meehl, of the Nat. Center for Atmospheric Research, said Friday that, “…we all must stop cooking with gas or else we will burn the earth.” Correction, I wish he had said that.
Today the Marin newspaper published an article on the 18+ fires burning in California & the 399 fires raging out of control across the world, “Scientists: Heat, fires worsened by climate change.”
When I studied journalism in college, they told us “Every story must be fair & balanced.”
If you publish a paragraph on a problem, you then must have a paragraph on solutions.
This article contained 17 paragraphs on the problem of global warming, and not one paragraph on solutions.
My favorite paragraph was “Scientists say they can’t link heat waves to human cause.”
That was a total BS.
Since 1991 there have been over 1,000 articles published directly saying, “burning gas is causing climate change and we must stop cooking with gas, or we will tip the world climate into a tailspin that will destroy the atmosphere.”
Even Al Gore said as much in 1996.
Paul Erhlich & I both wrote books on world overpopulation in 1968, saying,
“Humans must stop the oil wars by Big Oil & US military, like in Vietnam, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, which are causing poverty and so slavery of women, (sexism), that is resulting in too many unwanted kids being born to women victims of rape during wars, which is destroying the atmosphere.
The first solar panel was invented in 1839, in Paris by Ed Becquel, and the electric car was invented in 1888.
If scientists were more politically active, to advocate for real solutions, we could have totally prevented the rise of oil in 1880, so we could have gone directly to solar powered homes and electric cars in 1907.
We could have skipped the oil era, oil error.
Here are 3 solutions to global warming that we can & should each push for today:
add 1,000 solar panels onto each school in Marin & SF.
Require PG&E to pay solar schools $0.49 kwh for surplus solar sold onto the grid, for 20 years, during this climate emergency.
This would allow schools to raise money from the sun, so schools could raise teachers pay to $100,000. / year, without raising taxes. So teachers can afford to buy an apartment within walking distance of their school.
Students would see adults doing the right thing to stop global warming, and so might be inspired to become solar engineers, or solar architects designing new solar homes that make money from the sun. What a concept.
Schools would become safe zones during a crisis, because when the grid collapsed from a fire, flood or hurricane, (like in Puerto Rico 2018) schools would still have power for lights, computers, to charge cell phones, students e-bikes and neighbors e-cars.
PG&E needs to become a more responsible corporation, since it blew up the city of San Bruno and burned down Lake Co., twice, Napa Co., Marin Co., Mendocino Co., etc.
When PG&E rebuilt the 36 homes it destroyed in San Bruno, it rebuilt all of them as solar powered homes.
The city of Lancaster now requires all new homes to be 100% solar powered.
Sebastopol & SF now require all new buildings to be solar powered.
It is time Marin Co., require all new homes to be 400% solar powered, so they can make money selling solar onto the grid.
It is time to fine PG&E for not trimming the millions of trees it was paid to trim under its high power wires, which all the private investigations have proven was the cause of most of the fires burning in California, as a creative way to fine PG&E for causing the fires that are burning down California now and for the foreseeable future.
(The author is a scientists & private investigator, who’s private investigation report proved PG&E’s breach of duty, dereliction of duty, willful failure to trim trees in its right of way & negligence cause both fires that burned down Lake Co., twice.)
Second, cities could require all new homes built to be 4-plex solar homes, each with 100 solar panels.
This would give homes the power to sell solar energy onto the grid, at $0.49 kwh, for 20 years, during this emergency.
This income from solar would help homes pay the mortgage and so would lower the cost of new homes.