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Glum and Glummer

The truth or falsity of climate change is irrelevant. Ask the question, “Will green energy sources be able to maintain the human/machine bond?”

Solar and wind power may not be sufficient to save us. The safer, more efficient nuclear power plants may not be built fast enough to rescue us from the disaster to come in ten years or even a few hundred years from now.

Nonetheless, green energy does not come without danger. The production of any power source requires industrial pollutants. The dismantling of even green power sources will never be a zero-emission game.

To sever man from machine now will be met with resistance and increases in human morbidity. To turn down a degree increase in global temperature, to stop fossil-fuel pollution, to lighten the load of garbage in landfills and oceans; all this may never be addressed without a drastic cut in human population growth and the corresponding love and need for machinery.

Zero Population Growth is important to the Green New Deal; Negative Population Growth might be essential. New laws to enforce NPG may be necessary and horrifying.

Our economy depends on consumerism. To consume things both necessary for human life and superfluous to human survival. Yes, Tiffany and Gucci must go. But travel to a modest family cabin or the cheap, throw away clothing purchases of teenage girls must become a thing of the past. A destroyed economy is a Green future.

Pain to the right of us, pain to the left of us, caught in the middle again.

Stay Home

“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.”

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.