Hello folks, so here’s how we need to tell politicians, businesspeople, and the American public about Change.
350 does primarily refer to the environment. It’s what prevents a 2 degree rise and the majority of bad effects worldwide. But what’s more important is that it refers to an inspiration to the economy. Get to 350, for the economy. The struggle is be a productive force, like going to the moon, or development and change. Here’s the breakdown of how jobs work:
Jobs in the clean energy economy were distributed among the following sectors in 2008:
–– Conservation and pollution mitigation: 65.0 percent
–– Environmentally friendly production: 7.0 percent
–– Training and support: 6.8 percent
–– Energy efficiency: 9.5 percent
–– Clean energy: 11.6 percent
Worldwide, it’s largely up to America’s economy to make these things. Most are process innovations and services assistance. But the clean energy sector? Fire up the steel mills, get drafters going to work, and the construction crew of new young people with “only” college degrees. These people are going to require jobs. Hundreds of thousands of them. Enough to Repower America with new work.
Oil production is running out. tidal shifts, water shortages and storms are nothing compared to this inevitable economic and anarchic resource war crisis that we’re going to have otherwise. Why? We have no idea what’s going to replace energy yet! The news of peak oil, that AFPOUSA puts around 92-115 million barrels a day, happens around 2015 to 2030. Most of that oil is in OPEC Countries. It’s the energy that powers growth and the persistence of our economy that we have to develop! It’s easier to design solutions now.. efficiency improvements, reduce waste, alternative energies.. and stop giving our money to terrorists. We need to develop that alternative in advance to avoid shortages, a recession, and high prices as everything else responds! Food is so dependent on fossil fuels! (Michael Pollan’s landmark letter) Oil peaking leaves businesses stuck. It’s much more of a problem for them than a tax now, trust me. Inflation on all your prices and business and consumers will harm businesses that are voluntarily-unsustainable. The US will be the worst hit by the recession, guaranteed.. All the input prices of basic commodities (food), lumber, ore, oil will rise, causing consumer complaint and rising production costs= an economic depression. We are the biggest consumers of oil.
All this causes war and diplomacy issues. In more volatile regions, it means huge political gain to take over oil mines and strategic straits, war and unrest as the effects follow naturally, and build. Oil peaking is the first case, after which it plateaus and falls. As soon as we hit peak, that price is going to go up a lot with lasting effects in the areas of recession, job loss, and war. All for something that could be avoided.
If we don’t develop an alternative before 2050, the oil economy will cost a lot to fix rapidly. If we do it now, we get green jobs and get to be a leader again. Where will we with incentives for energy? If we can develop this new technology now, it solves our short-term recession and burnout (spends our way out, mainly for the lower middle class). The air will be cleaner, yes, our international reputation will be restored, yes, and we’ll finally see change and revitalization along the Eastern coast. Let’s get to 350 by making new renewable industries!
Do not solve climate just for the polar bears any more. One can easily argue that we can’t afford to save them, like Department of Commerce chairman just did. The truth, though, is that America can’t afford not to, it’s in our nation’s interest: it will bring money and jobs and national security back into the country within 10-25 years even as the oil runs out.
Movement building: http://eddiemill.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/350-as-an-inspiration/