Good news, bad news about climate
First Solar panels are being installed at an ever increasing rate. Hope is that eventually dirty coal plants will be replaced due to Solar being cheaper than coal. Also solar can be used to charge EVs so one will eventually be able to drive almost free of costs and emissions.
Bad news is the methane levels are spiking. Oil pumping is a large part of why methane is escaping, and oil in the US has never been pumped at higher levels than now,
Then there is the buried in ice methane that is escaping due to warming. Science says the methane escaping in the Arctic is about to hit levels which will increase warming above and beyond anything we have seen.
So, buy solar, get an EV if you drive a lot and vote to reduce dependence on all fossil fuels. That way your contribution to climate change will be limited
But, much like my dogs methane gas, the earths farts just dont stop I dont mean to make light of our situation but the universe has quite literally placed us on a planet thats hotboxing us. We should definitely buy accordingly.
Look at everything you buy and weigh its climate cost
Choose those things with lower cost to the planet
Large wind power structures off shore of seashore landowners are called ugly. So landowners are doing their best to stop construction. Wind, like solar, can charge EVs and have provided much clean renewable electricity to thousands of homes.
The cost of solar power has fallen by 87%, and battery storage by 85% in the past decade, according to a new study
Large utility scale batteries can capture large loads of solar generated electricity and also be used to capture excess energy from large conventional power plants.
A whole revolution in battery tech is coming on because of huge investments. Utilities can now save a lot of energy to charge EVs and power houses when the sun isn't shining.
Heavy-duty battery-powered trucks running real cargo on U.S. roads are going hundreds of miles per charge a good sign for cutting trucking emissions.
In 10 years of tests the range has doubled.
Given the urgency of the climate crisis, time is of the essence in increasing the range of these E-trucks and America is doing just that.
Science has determined that the gulfstream is slowing down, as much as 4%. Seems the warm water flowing north from Florida is now melting the Arctic ice. That melted ice is fresh and cold and interferes with the gulfstream which is salty. The cold water sits on top and the warm waters go deeper. This could lead to vast climate changes around the world.
But Biden has weighed in against the denial.
Still, oil companies and coal companies faced with losing profits to solar and wind and EVs are spending vast sums on climate disinformation. They do not want Biden to do anything. They loved - 45 because he called it a hoax,
And history will judge climate deniers hashly. I guaranfreakingtee it
Change of lifestyles causes established users a great deal of angst
The amount of sea ice in the Arctic lost this year was enough to cover the entire continental United States
Here in the US we drive many large vehicles that get less than 20 miles to the gallon. People love to feel big and bad in their big trucks and cadilacs. They live in large houses with electric bills running 3, 4, 5 hundred a month. Most never even think about getting solar panels or an EV.
If we are going to save the planet such extravagance has to come to a rapid end.
One of the reasons we live so large is government has not taken the lead to save energy. So the people have little option to change their lifestyles since businesses are hardly compelled to make products that are economical.
At least Biden has been talking about getting government to take the lead in saving our barely stable climate.