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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.

On Board With No Boarding

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez I support your Green New Deal resolution.

A “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” with an aggressive 10-year implementation policy to get rid of fossil fuels is great. Goodbye air travel!

I hate air travel. I hate travel. I hate the question, “Where did you go on vacation this year?” Spider like, in my corner nook, I read and spin a few stories. AOC you have provided me with an excuse to do what I love! I’m green and clean, leave me alone!

I’ve been living your Green New Deal my whole life. I should be getting paid for my low-fossil fuel consumption.

I have suggestions:

Confiscate all private planes, small and large. They don’t need to be all alone on those flights when it is more democratic to travel like steerage on a cramped-to-capacity plane. Less fuel to transport more people. Until, with any luck, air travel will end.

Call the gang; Beyonce, DiCaprio, Oprah and the rest. Tell them that the world will end if they keep up their rich people ways.

Severely cut President Trump’s Air Force One travel. Allow only really, really, really important travel with foreign leaders. But never Putin. You would like that.

The rest of Washington should be virtually grounded. Tell Nancy to slow down. Amtrak could expand. Greyhound still operates. Until that too ends.

Seriously, I would cut my driving way down if it wasn’t for self-preservation. Drivers are blind to pedestrians and bicyclists. Walking and bicycling in our car culture is a suicide mission. Much of my travel is within four miles from home. A safe, zero-car route would be great. Good grief, another cost to consider.

Ultimately, the problem of climate change, if it is to be solved, will nesessitate turning back time. Less people, less machines. The Europeans created those infernal machines, slow it all down. That is the answer. The good old days of the 1960’s and 1970’s, “Population Resources Environment” and “The Population Bomb.” Paul Ehrlich had it right. It’s the people stupid and their mass consumption.

Eventually the goal should be to travel no more than 20 miles from the place you were born. Your resolution is telling truth to the average smuck. Don’t let DiCaprio weasel out of this. I’m counting on you.

Watt Perplexed

Daily Prompt: Perplexed

Blood flows electric.

Sever the cord? Nevermore —

— A life acoustic.