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Published on September 21st, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


How to Solve the Climate Problem

September 21st, 2012 by  

Our friends over at Skeptical Science typically just tackle the issue of climate science, and spend their time tirelessly debunking global warming or climate change denier myths. As I think you all know, there are a lot of climate science myths out there.

However, as clean energy grows and threatens the existence of dirty energy industries (which is where a lot of those climate science myths originate), more and more of that negative spin is directed at clean energy sources rather than just global warming and climate change. And, the bottom line is, we need to shut down dirty energy and light up clean energy in order to tackle our climate crisis. Thus, Skeptical Science has been discussing these important solutions to the greatest threats facing human civilization more and more. Here’s a great post from Dana on “How to Solve the Climate Problem,” with a brief summary of some of the key actions needed to encourage clean energy and curtail dirty energy production:

How to Solve the Climate Problem: a Step-by-Step Guide (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 14 September 2012 by dana1981 Recently we have seen that if we fail to take serious action very soon to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, the future climate will be much less hospitable than today’s, with potentially catastrophic results.  We have also seen that our political leaders…

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

  • Captivation

    Message compression is the answer. Climate Deniers have shorter messages than Climate Defenders. Make your main message simple and put the details in the footnotes.

    • Completely Agree. Good Points!

      Of course, there’s also the problem of deniers not caring if they’re right or not, and attacking simple facts as if they’re not true. Make for a long process of (correct) public education.

      • Captivation

        Hi Zachary, I completely agree with your points too. We’re all struggling to find ways to puncture the wall of disinformation. The adult approach hasn’t worked. So maybe its time to treat them as kids or even pets. Perhaps we need short, sharp messages with a strong vocal undercurrent of emotional guidance. It sounds cruel to us, but its actually what THEY want. To those raised on Rockabilly, Beethoven is going to seem mighty indecisive. (Why can’t he stick to a chord? Why can’t he keep a beat?) Certainty is the preferred state of those who lack curiosity. To such a person the denial of certainty feels like pain.

        • Totally agree.

          And again, magnificently expressed here. Do you have a background in writing?

          • Captivation

            Yes, but who doesn’t these days? The only thing that sets me apart has been a long-term focus on mind-mapping (google: mind map). Traditional writing can’t reach as deep as mind maps (believe it or not) because the conscious mind edits out the subconscious when using sentences. The secret is to use mind maps to uncover the truth and then use traditional writing to convey the truth.

            If you ever want to discuss the issue, I could describe some mind map generated epiphanies that have unexpectedly expanded my skills. As always, thank you for taking interest. Very appreciated.

          • Thanks! Will check it out. And certainly happy to hear more from you on it. 😀

  • irisyak

    I think You are wrong on your attitude.
    I participate in Copenhague to the debate on climate change on website:
    I have found that the only solution is to accelerate the deployement of new energies. We must grow new energies by 3% each year. 3% calculated on the total of energies consumed. If all the countries decide that, you have less problems of climate change. Do not forget that CH4 is a very big problem …!

    • Bob_Wallace

      Don’t leave out conserve.

      Efficiency is the low-hanging fruit. Phasing out incandescent light bulbs is a very low effort way to cut electricity use, just change a bulb.

      Once that old incandescent has been replaced with a CFL or LED the owner is going to have to change bulbs far less often and is going to be using (and paying for) far less electricity.

      All of those watts saved are fossil fuel generation watts we don’t need. If we cut 1% then we only have to grow new energies 2%, not 3%.

      (I’d sure like to see us growing new energies faster than 3%.)

  • Sadly it’s becoming more apparent that only a dramatic event (say an ocean rise of 2-3 feet in a short period) will finally wake ALL the people up to this impending potential disaster. Unfortunately those living in low lying areas will pay dearly.

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