Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Forcing Climate Change measures


The Environmental Protection Agency is getting tough on tackling Climate Change (see below), despite a lack of will by Congress and the greenhouse gas emitters.  How forcing Climate Change measures will work, who knows?

You would think that an intelligent species as our own would finally recognize how fast Climate Change is occurring and how everyone on the planet has to change their behaviors to address it.  But I suspect that in the future the Climate Change issue won’t be as much about  man pitting himself against the ‘elements’ (racing to change the amount of greenhouse gases we put into the atmosphere) as it will be man vs. man. 

Climate Change will be fought in the courts, instead of quickly moving to renewable energy and all the other things we have to do. 

Yet, there is a scenario that might galvanize everyone to change their behavior towards greenhouse gas emissions and lickety-split.  When everything else fails to convince the public that they have to change their buying habits, how they travel, and how they heat their homes, there is something happening on the horizon that will work.  Today’s news give a hint of the solution:

$5/Gallon Gas in 2012? - RochesterHomePage.net We could pay $5 for a gallon of gas by 2012.  That's according to former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister. (December 28, 2010) RochesterHomePage 

Believe me, nothing, not the United Nations Climate Change talks, governmental rules, environmental news stories, science, or articles like this will work to decrease the public’s use of greenhouse gas emitting fuels  like a dramatic increase in gas prices.  Then, things will change.

EPA moving unilaterally to limit greenhouse gases - Yahoo! News "WASHINGTON – Stymied in Congress, the Obama administration is moving unilaterally to clamp down on power plant and oil refinery greenhouse emissions, announcing plans for developing new standards over the next year. In a statement posted on the agency's website late Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said the aim was to better cope with pollution contributing to climate change. " December 24, 2010) The top news headlines on current events from Yahoo! News

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