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“You better travel to Alaska while you can still see the glaciers. Climate Change is destroying them.”

That is what I heard from someone after she returned from an Alaskan excursion.

Air travel, with its voracious appetite for fossil fuel, contributes  to climate change. I prefer the term People/Machine/Stuff (PMS) Disaster.

Am I missing the point? Why see the glaciers when the act of seeing them begins to destroy them? Dramatic increases in the human population, the machine population, and the overproduction of stuff in general got us into this environmental mess. Perhaps only dramatic decreases will stop the glaciers from melting.

But imagine the misery inflicted by a systematic decrease in people, machines, and stuff?

Do nothing = pain. Do something = pain. We are living “Catch-22.”

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Doom or Gloom

My parents taught me to have faith in neither God nor man, Alexandria. My inbred skepticism questions faith in science as well.

These paths are not irrelevant to me. I love to go to where physics intersects with poetry. I want nothing more than to be alive long enough to find out what the hell this dark matter and dark energy thing is. Infinity, both in a religious and scientific sense, is incomprehensible and yet I strive for an understanding of it.

But I question whether science can provide a cleaner, more efficient nuclear power plant that will absolve us of the evils of climate change. Solar and wind power come with their own problems. Problems of inefficiency and danger to animal welfare haunt green energy. Fossil fuels won’t last forever and their pollutants are the biggest chunk of the climate change disaster. If we want to continue using the good in technology, we might have to live (or die) with the inherent problems.

Man and machine can no longer live apart. Severing this relationship will cause destruction and suffering. It’s funny, what science has brought about will require an almost religious renunciation.

Both humans and machines consume massive amounts of foodstuffs, whether it be wheat or coal. Or, ironically, corn and corn.

To halt climate change, fuel-guzzling machinery such as airplanes and trucks must quickly come to a point of near elimination. We only need to determine how much and how fast the cuts should be. How many people and machines must be decommissioned? Twelve years is a short time to do this work.

A simpler, less mechanical time is ideal. In turn, the loss of life-prolonging machinery will naturally lower the human population. Less people, less machines, less climate change. There is no other way if the danger is extreme and the cost too high to ignore.

God may be dead, but will faith in a rebirth of matriarchal power save us?

I hope, Alexandria, you chose well when you separate the worthless from the worthwhile. Keep lists, inform on the good and evil among us. I pray to find myself sitting to your right hand.

Feathering the Green New Deal

Alexandria, do you like Emily Dickinson and birds? I love both. Your Green New Deal heralds renewable energy sources, but my feathered friends are getting mangled and fried by blades and panels. Humans and machines need copious amounts of fuel to survive. If we eliminate even friendly energy sources in order to save the birds, humanity has no hope.

I know birds die from oil, gas and coal power too. They collide with cars, planes, and trains. Perhaps it’s collateral damage. We put bells on cats, how can we warn the birds about our new, green sources of power?

We are putting all our eggs in the one basket of renewable energy. When the future brings more blades and panels, some birds may become endangered. Large raptors like our national bird the Bald Eagle are frequently sliced up in wind turbines. Your next step might be to get rid of this and all other nationalistic symbolisms.

But I like your idea of getting rid of nuclear energy. Nuclear power plant disasters are scary enough. Disposing of radioactive waste is overwhelming.

Technology brought about climate change, I hold little faith that it can get us out of it. Sometimes you must wonder if any industry is moral whether is uses renewable or fossil fuels.

The Population Bomb ends up looking more dangerous than the atomic bomb. Earth needs less people, less machines, less stuff to consume. The implications of this scenario carries an even bleaker future.

Hope is the thing with feathers. Alexandria maybe you could make the turkey our  national bird. Turkeys are slower and even wild ones can’t fly high enough to touch the blades.