It's Time for the Global Warming Prophets to Speak Up
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And this means: starting wherever we can best start. For example, the unneeded industry of tar-sands oil that is just starting up can be resisted totally – stopping it in its tracks no matter what the costs of doing so, no matter what our presidents and Congress persons are not willing to do. We prophets must make plain to a blurry-minded population that burning the tar-sand energy source may result in the end of life on earth for our species – or at least a set of catastrophes so immense that we do not want to even think about it.
Secondly, we can support a moratorium on all new coal-fired power plants. Coal is making a comeback because it is currently cheaper than oil or natural gas, but coal is actually not needed for the transition away from fossil-fuel burning and toward an electro-hydrogen infrastructure energized mainly by solar and wind energy sources. We have to accept a period of transition from oil and natural gas to solar and wind, but we do not have to accept the lie that we cannot prosper without expanding our fossil fuel use, or that we need more time to build a meaningful alternative.
Furthermore, we global-warming prophets will need to call out our culture for minimizing the possibilities of an alternative energy system. The cost of solar and wind energy production has already come down to the same level as fossil fuels and is still falling. It is already the cheapest and least destructive way to go. People who claim that these technologies have not yet achieved the readiness needed for energizing our society are like the people who said the automobile was not ready because there were so few smooth roads for it, and it scared the horses.
Yes, a new infrastructure for solar and wind energy must be constructed; but however big this task may be, the facts of our situation simply do not support the foot-dragging pessimism that tells us that this transition cannot be accomplished at a quick-time pace. In his colorful book, Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save our Economy and our Planet from Dirty Energy, Danny Kennedy spells out how every rooftop can feasibly become right now a solar energy plant. And David Sanborne Scott in his book, Smelling Land: The Hydrogen Defense Against Climate Catastrophe, Enhanced Edition, shows how an infrastructure of hydrogen and electricity can deliver to us the power of solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources in a manner that is fully adequate to fill our energy needs. He assures us that airliners using liquid hydrogen will be safer and cheaper than using jet fuel. May all the pessimists on these topics be healed!
The sophisticated lies of oil-company-financed think tanks can now be laughed off our TV screens and ripped out of our news magazines.
As time goes on, the above account will surely need to be tweaked and expanded; nevertheless, it illustrates the searing style of a truth-telling global-warming prophet. And we prophets are called to speak the truth whether people listen or not. And we are called to continue doing so for as long as it takes for almost everyone to hear it.
Gene Marshall together with Ben Ball, Marsha Buck, Ken Kreutziger, and Alan Richard have published a full examination of the above issues and more in a book entitled The Road from Empire to Eco-Democracy, published it iUniverse in cooperation with Berrett-Koehler's Open Book Editions program. You can order it from iUniverse or Amazon in both e-book and paperback forms. Gene Marshall together with Ben Ball, Marsha Buck, Ken Kreutziger, and Alan Richard have published a full examination of the above issues and more in a book entitled The Road from Empire to Eco-Democracy, published it iUniverse in cooperation with Berrett-Koehler's Open Book Editions program. You can order it from iUniverse or Amazon in both e-book and paperback forms.