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A Man Ahead of His Time

Vice President Joe Biden launches a digital letter series he calls Sincerely Joe. A strong presence on a digital platform helps this year’s presidential candidates campaign in a time of social distancing.

I heard rumors that Biden went digital as far back as 1993. Impressive high-tech skills in a low-tech time.

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.”