There are those who would argue that climate change is natural and a second thought shouldn't be paid to it because it's been happening forever. There is some truth to that. Nature is a continuously changing system where species are either adapting to new challenges or facing extinction. What needs to be paid attention to, however, is the acceleration of system changes brought on by human activities. Changes happen naturally but we're boosting how fast it's happening. Natural systems are being pushed to the limit of adaptation leaving mass extinction as the most probable outcome. It's not all doom and gloom, though.
All-Electric America--A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, co-written by a renewable energy expert, Leah Parks, and an authority on energy policy, David Freeman, not only supports the argument for embracing renewable energy by introducing methods to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with use of current technologies such as solar and wind power, ground source heating and cooling, hydrogen fuel cells, and electricity storage, but also with government intervention, consumer demand, and corporate influence. Using anecdotal evidence, up to date research studies, and information from already successful renewable energy based applications, the writers lay out a road map for government and energy and transportation industries to wean themselves from the fossil fuel teat and overcome obstacles while continuing to provide cost effective, clean energy service to consumers. When I say wean, I mean a 3% reduction of greenhouses gases created per year until 2050 (that's if we had started in 2015) to stay within the 2 degree Celsius temperature increase that the UN, EPA, International Energy Agency and 141 countries all agreed upon. Some of the concepts may seem repetitive, some of the numbers may seem difficult to grasp, but the material offers a balanced, intelligent approach to a seemingly complex and nearly insurmountable global issue. The fossil fuel industry never had a stronger argument against it.
I have no affiliations with either of the fossil fuel or the renewable energy industry. I'm a gardener, I'm a mother, I'm a nature lover, sometime book reviewer and I follow the mantra that you reap what you sow. There isn't one person I can think of that doesn't want clean air, clean water, reliable food sources, economic stability, and a bright future for their kids and I know, in my heart, that the oil and gas industry aren't going to help us realize these goals. I understand that we need to keep it in the ground, I also understand that people are out of work and losing their homes in Alberta asking for government assistance. The time is ripe right now to move along a direction that enables us to break free from fossil fuel dependence and to reach full renewable energy production before we reach an irreversible climate tipping point. There isn't any room for error and there certainly isn't a place for any anti-climate change idiot rhetoric. To put it simply, you either support a system that puts food on the table today or you support a system that does that for generations, there's no in between.