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February 1, 2004

CLIMATE COLLAPSE: The Pentagon's Weather Nightmare

[Fortune]: The climate could change radically, and fast. That would be the mother of all national security issues.

Reaction to a Petagon 'future scenarios' study may signal a sea change in the debate about global warming. At least some federal thought leaders may be starting to perceive climate change less as a political annoyance and more as an issue demanding action.

If so, the case for acting now to address climate change, long a hard sell in Washington, may be gaining influential support, if only behind the scenes. Policymakers may even be emboldened to take steps such as tightening fuel-economy standards for new passenger vehicles, a measure that would simultaneously lower emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce America's perilous reliance on OPEC oil, cut its trade deficit, and put money in consumers' pockets. Oh, yesÖand give the Pentagon's fretful Yoda a little less to worry about.

George Mokray summarizes:

'Seems the Pentagon did a study of cataclysmic climate change, using Peter Schwartz and the cohorts at Global Business Network to do some scenario planning around the possibilities (Scenario 1: how long can you dog-paddle while avoiding monsoons, tidal waves, or icebergs; Scenario 2: only the French and old folks, like in Chicago, die in the summer-long heat waves; Scenario 3: George W. is right and there is no such thing as Global Warming so we don't have to do anything at all except fight another couple of wars against terrorism and non-existent WMDs).'

Enough to snap me out of my work-induced blogging hiatus...
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February 2, 2004

Radio fails again...

... in this case to post last night's item. Even after quit, rest, restart.

Intermittent failure can be even more frustrating than consistent failure. If it's consistent, you learn to walk away. If it's intermittent, you're more likely to keep beating your head against the wall. Or to try to force a post with a next item like this one.
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February 3, 2004

Candidates' energy policies

[Clean Edge News]:
The Sustainable Energy Coalition today released the results of a 30-question survey of the views of eight of the major presidential candidates on a cross-section of energy and related environmental policy issues.

No real surprises here -- the Democratic candidates largely get it -- efficiency, renewables, etc. The surprise: Edwards seems to stand out as far more comfortable with nuclear energy than the others.

PS, note to the Coalition: a table would help readers compare positions much more easily than just a prose report.

[Posted Mon, 02 Feb 2004 9:19:11 PST, and vanished by this boggy bloggy software...]
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February 12, 2004

Question of the day

If the success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do, how would I be? What would I do?

- R. Buckminster fuller

And the answer too!

I'm not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except to dare to think, and to dare to go with the truth, and to dare to really love completely.

- R. Buckminster Fuller
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