The Climate Energy Challenge: a 7 step stragegy

Dave Pollard strongly recommends us to watch this video by with Thomas Homer-Dixon.

He explains why:

Thomas Homer-Dixon has some important ideas on the climate change front. I was a big fan of his book The Upside of Down which describes what is needed, starting at a grass-roots level and pushing upwards, to respond to climate change effectively. Now, in an extraordinary 78-minute video shot in Toronto last week he lays out Plan B for climate change — what we may (and probably will) have to do as more modest and tepid responses prove ineffective and as the positive feedbacks that are accelerating climate change in unforeseen ways make the situation worse, faster.

Please watch this video — it’s important. If you haven’t time for the whole thing, wait for it to download and skip to the 55-minute mark, where he talks about how rising oil costs are producing a surge in coal-burning, especially in China, that is accelerating carbon emissions. He then goes on to lay out a 7-item list of what we will need to do, in what order, to reduce atmospheric carbon below 350 ppm in time, which essentially means reducing man-made carbon emissions within a few years to zero.

1. Efficiency and conservation
2. Renewable energy
3. Coal with sequestration + nuclear energy
4. Unconventional technologies (e.g. underground coal gasification, enhanced geothermal, stratospheric windmills) that don’t exist today
5. Atmospheric carbon capture
6. Geo-engineering
7. The end of ‘growth’

He argues that we need to start working now on at least the first six steps, because they will take time to perfect and introduce, time that we don’t have to waste. He believes, with great trepidation, we will need all six steps to prevent massive climate change.”

2 Comments The Climate Energy Challenge: a 7 step stragegy

  1. Kevin CarsonKevin Carson

    I’m not sure what an end to “growth” even means. Certainly it doesn’t mean an end to economic progress or an increased material standard of living. If it means freezing or reducing net material inputs, I have to say so what? The whole point of genuine economic and technical progress is to get more use-value out of fewer inputs.

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