Thursday, May 01, 2008

Why the Wind Blows

I am reading a book called Why the Wind Blows : A History of Weather and Global Warming by Matthys Levy. The book is straightforward and easy to read. I have never fully understood global weather patterns, but Mr. Levy is gifted as a teacher, so I am learning.

I really like how he asks and then answers this question:

What can governments do to stabilize the global climate when improving efficiency and expanding renewable energy is clearly not enough?
At the start of the Second World War, the United States was able to convert a peacetime industrial economy to full war production in the space of less than a year. It also funded, organized and accomplished the development of an atomic weapon in less than five years.

Think about it . . .

The USA needs to get off their butt and do something. We can lead the world in alternative energy technology and innovation. We just have to shake off the grip of oil and gas interests. Lets take a gasoline holiday for real--forever!

1 comment:

Bird said...

I'm going to keep a lookout for that book, it sounds like the kind of thing I need to read. And that is a VERY good question - why are we able to get on a war footing so quickly and yet ignore such a serious worldwide problem? Good to find your blog by the way, I'm off to read some more :)


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