“If we pollute the air and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us” David Suzuki
The year ahead is impossible to predict. As with every year, many unknowns lie ahead. Most of us like being in control, and the unknowns are scary. What can we control in 2017? How we treat other people, and how we treat the earth are things we can control. What kinds of kindness can we spread?
I hope 2017 fills you with kindness!
This week 5 activist judges on the U.S. Supreme Court delayed implementation of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. A delay that could throw clean air into years of litigation. This also gives China, India and other countries an excuse to delay their own clean-air plans to reduce dangerous carbon emissions.
This past December 195 nations came together in Paris for an incredible historic agreement. They agreed to work together to reduce carbon emissions. A corner-stone of this agreement in the United States was to require states to reduce their carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. To accomplish this states need to switch from dirty coal and oil to the renewables of solar and wind, or however the state chooses to get to a 30% reduction. Twenty-seven states are protesting these new rules, and the Supreme Court says these lawsuits need to finalized before the Clean Power Plan is implemented. My rural electric cooperative does not support clean air initiatives because they don’t want to pay for it. This is a lack of vision for the future. I think that switching to renewables will be cheaper for consumers in years to come!
What these climate deniers don’t understand is the cost of doing nothing about air pollution is much more expensive. The oceans will continue to warm and rise, storms intensify, and the clean up and health issues will continue to cost billions of dollars a year. Many lives will be lost because of this lack of vision for the future.
This makes me sick! Cough Cough!
“We can no longer continue treating out addiction to fossil fuels as if there is no tomorrow, or there will be no tomorrow!” Desmond Tu Tu
First, for a long time it has been said that bad air causes asthma and cancer. This week strokes have been added to this list! http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/air-pollution-raises-stroke-risk/?_r=0
Two things that are terrible for air pollution in urban settings are idling your engines and outdoor fires!
Second, Dana Milbank in the http://www.Washingtonpost.com says that climate deniers are denying that they denied that climate change is happening. See below:
What surprised you this week?