I appreciate the responses published in plumasnews.com from Linda Bailey and Mark Mihevc regarding my recent Opinion piece on disaster events driven by Extreme Climate Change. I am most happy if my comments generate a healthy debate about these subjects. It is important to discuss and analyze these subjects from multiple perspectives.
Regarding the concerns expressed by Mr. Mihevc about renewable energy, I wish to affirm that I am a fervent supporter of renewable energy in most all of its forms, and lost a 5K grid-tie solar array in the Dixie Fire. I encourage everyone to install as much renewable energy as possible, and as soon as possible. Such efforts may help us to better prepare for surviving future Extreme Climate Change events.
But I do not believe our current efforts to develop renewables willnot signficantly alter the trajectory for expansion of disaster events driven by Extreme Climate Change. The rate of expansion for such disaster events far outpaces even the most optomistic scenarios for renewables development. I pray that my opinions prove to be incorrect, but once again, simple math speaks most powerfully to the subject at hand. The expansion of Extreme Climate Change disaster events is huge, the development of renewable energy is relatively small.
If we were, as a people on planet earth, to immediately shift the bulk of our economies towards renewable energies,and freeze our population to current levels, such revolutionary changes might have an effect in 20 years. Extreme Climate Change is like a enormous train which has built a huge forward momentum on flat & level ground. But that train is now headed towards a series of sharp curves, and “something gotta give”. Even with very aggressive development of alternative energies, it will take time to slow down this train of Extreme Climate Change, and even more time to possibly reverse course. Extreme dissaster events will inevitably become a more, and more frequent occurence in our lives in the next two decades.
I plan to continue writing follow up pieces about these subjects for plumasnews.com, and do encourage everyone interested to voice their opinions. Preparation for disaster events is something which would be best served if the whole community participates. Our future survival may depend upon such preparations.
from Greenville Ca
– now in Quincy