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I listened to TED radio this morning and it was all about global warming. Plenty of talk, plenty of good talk and plenty of possible solutions. Now I'm not picking on this show in particular, but the anti-global warming community as a whole.

Why is it these things are avoided:

1) Population. We have way too many people on the planet for our own good. The only real long-term solution to our problem is to reduce the number of humans. A global one-child policy sounds to me like a good policy. I admit it ain't gonna happen, but we ask people to do other things, why not add this to the conversation?

2) Trees. Put a tax on cutting down trees and encourage people to plant more. I see developers bulldoze hundreds of acres to build a new housing project for our over-population and killing thousands of carbon sequestering trees

3) Grass fed beef. I hear people telling us we should quit eating beef. They say beef is bad for the planet. Really? Did zillions of bison kill the planet before the Europeans got to the USA? The statistics they quote are always from corn fed beef.

There are zillions of acres of grasslands on the planet. If the beef is 100% grass-fed, it can graze on grasslands with zero additional water, zero fertilizer, and zero herbicides. To grow food crops on those grasslands requires extensive use of water (our most precious resource), fertilizer, herbicides, labor, and gas guzzling farm equipment like tractors. The beef cattle can graze on this land for only what mother nature provides.

4) White paint. I read a couple of University studies that said if we all paint our roofs white, it would buy us about 100 years by reflecting heat back out of the atmosphere

5) Air conditioning. The energy used to run air conditioners in the US far exceeds the energy needed for all of our industry. I read that globally 37% of the electricity produced goes to power air conditioners. In addition, those AC units are spewing heat out which is warming the atmosphere. This sounds like a typical feedback loop
  • it's hot
  • turn the AC on to cool off
  • The AC makes the world a little hotter
  • Turn the AC up (leaving the thermostat the same, but the unit is cooling the air more degrees than before)
  • The AC is now working harder, consuming more power, and making the world hotter
  • Turn the AC up (leaving the thermostat the same, but the unit is cooling the air even more degrees than before)
  • The AC is now working even harder, consuming more power, and making the world hotter
  • Turn the AC up (leaving the thermostat the same, but the unit is cooling the air even more degrees than before)
  • The AC is now working even harder, consuming more power, and making the world hotter ... ... ... ... ... ...
  • You have a ever escalating feedback loop

What else can we do that they never mention? I'm sure I haven't thought about everything.

Bob


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