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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 11:00 pm | Updated: 12:22 am, Sun Oct 13, 2013.

Global warming? What’s the problem? Personally, I don’t like cold weather and wouldn’t mind average temperatures being a few degrees higher than they are now.

Unfortunately, global warming isn’t just about average global temperatures rising a few degrees by the end of this century. In fact, “global warming” misses the mark entirely when it comes to conveying the seriousness and urgency regarding what we’re collectively doing to the stability, and therefore livability, of our planet’s climate. “Climate chaos” may be more accurate.

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  • Tony Heller posted at 5:18 pm on Sun, Oct 13, 2013.

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    Wind and solar require vast amounts of land and power lines, and are thus quite environmentally destructive. Thousands of raptors (including many eagles) are killed in California every year by wind turbines. Wind turbines also alter the climate by changing wind patterns.

    The UK went down the path of wind power decades ago, and are now realizing that it was a mistake. Windmills have ruined the countryside, energy bills have skyrocketed, and the UK faces energy shortages - because they chose wishful thinking over serious analysis.

    By contrast, one of the primary benefits of nuclear and fossil fuels is that they have a very high energy density. A small natural gas fired power plant can produce a great deal of electricity with a minimal footprint on the environment.

    During the 1960s, pollution from coal fired power plants was a big problem in New Mexico, but now New Mexico has spectacularly blue skies. The last thing anyone should want is a huge mess of unsightly wind turbines, which have a lifetime of less than thirty years and will leave nightmare blight on the landscape for New Mexico's next generation.

     
  • JC Corcoran posted at 11:28 am on Sun, Oct 13, 2013.

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    The best chance to mitigate climate change is to severely reduce consumption of animal foods. About 1/2 of human induced warming is attributable to animal agriculture. Methane is 24 times more potent than CO2 and takes only 7 years to cycle out of the atmosphere. CO2 takes around 100 years to come out. Human pursuit of animal protein is the leading cause of methane release and a primary cause of CO2 concentrating in the atmosphere. Check the facts and act!

    "A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

    "As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." Worldwatch Institute

    “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund

    21-Day Vegan Kickstart
    http://www.pcrm.org

     
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