Sustaining life on planet earth is our ‘special interest’

Most people understand that not evolving to clean energy when we have the technology and desperately need good jobs and increased productivity in the world, is not only dumb, but will ultimately destroy our health and ecosystem, as well as economic growth.

But with fossil fuel-funded-climate deniers unabashedly running the US government, thinking people can no longer afford to lay back on this.  We need to step up, speak out and take tangible steps to change our personal habits and choices. This 1 hour presentation from Mark Jacobson is a good update on facts and technological advances.

Mark Z. Jacobson is the Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He spoke at UD ECE’s Distinguished Lecture Series on November 16, 2016 on the topic “Is this the only hope for reversing global warming? Transitioning each country’s all-purpose energy to electricity powered 100% by wind, water, and sunlight.”  Here is a direct video link.

In other news–that we wish were fake–Trump campaign adviser, and long-time climate denier Myron Ebell, has this week named the environmental movement “the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world”. Yep, apparently sustaining life on planet earth is now considered a reprehensible ‘special interest’.  Well, so be it then, count me in:

Ebell, speaking in London, claimed that the motivation for climate action was protecting a special interest: “The climate-industrial complex is a gigantic special interest that involves everyone from the producers of higher priced energy to the academics that benefit from advancement in their careers and larger government grants.” The IMF has calculated that fossil fuels receive $10m every minute in subsidies, while the fossil fuel industry spends at least $100m a year on lobbying.

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