As extinctions occur at a rate orders of magnitude greater than those which prevailed for most of human tenure, the U.S. House of Representatives a few days ago passed a much ballyhooed 1,428 page attempt to trump natural law with human, to which they gave the appropriate Orwellian name, American Clean Energy and Security Act. In the early 1970′s as I finished formal schooling I was privileged to encounter the writings of Amory Lovins, known to many of you as the founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute. By way of contrast to the million word complexity and obfuscation of the House Bill recently passed, I offer ten thousand of Amory’s illuminating words from more than thirty years ago. We need more than accurate info. We need means to secure its widespread acceptance and equally widespread action rooted in it.
This one’s about endocrine disruptors, another unwanted, unforeseen and externalized cost. I wonder whether cumulative GWP (Gross World Product), the total output of human activity since we became Homo sapiens even approaches the magnitude of externalities? Are we poorer today than every before?
If you thought CO2 was the bulk of the story, consider a stealth factor with a projected mid-century punch with a magnitude potentially exceeding that of CO2.
Sinking land, rising sea, inadequate deposition of sediment by channeled rivers …