posted on Mar, 7 2013 @ 05:10 AM
reply to post by Kali74
Hello Kali, thanks for the reply.
Originally posted by Kali74
reply to post by DexterRiley
That said, I don't think that a transition has to be painful. I think we are perfectly capable of maintaining the progress we have made in the
industrial revolution and can continue progressing in a renewable revolution. The only thing that really needs to change is our energy sources.
I think the approach is a bit more complicated.
The IPCC defines mitigation as activities that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or enhance the capacity of carbon sinks to absorb GHGs from
So, to me that would indicate that we need to address not only the energy sources, but also the way those energy sources are utilized. Many of the
steps that I listed in my previous posts related more to activities that reduce the amount of energy that we waste. Addressing poor utilization of
existing energy resources is easier to do than making wholesale changes to the source of that energy. And that in itself is "painful." The pain
can be as mild as remembering to bring re-usable grocery bags to the grocery store. Or it can be as severe as government imposed rationing of
While I agree that alternative energy sources are an absolute necessity, transition to those new energy sources has to take place over a period of
time. The length of that transition period will dictate the amount of climate change that will be incurred. That is if GHG levels really play as
significant a part in GCC as the models indicate. As I indicated before, I see plenty of reason to move to alternative energy sources without having
to defend AGW.
When the energy-industrial-complex does decide to pursue other energy sources, the next energy source in the queue is Natural Gas. This is much more
GHG friendly, but CO2 is still emitted in the combustion process. However, the most disturbing aspect of the use of Natural Gas is the fracking
process used to get to the hidden sources.
I see you have started another thread Solar Report
concerning Solar Energy usage. I
haven't had the chance to read the report, but I'm sure I will have a few comments that I'll make in that thread.
Thanks for starting a thread discussing the political and social impacts of GCC. There are plenty of discussions concerning the science and
pseudo-science of global warming. But obviously there are aspects of this argument that we overlook.
PS. When you mentioned the Industrial Revolution, it occurred to me that in the very beginning the factories were actually using renewable energy.
Their prime movers were hydromechanical (water wheels.) However, once the steam engine was invented, the Industrial Revolution kicked into high gear
and mankind has never looked back.