Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

No shortage of energy or food.

Marlo Lewis suggestion that those working to reduce CO2 emissions will lead to a “starving world” displays a gross ignorance about the causes of hunger. (Energy Diet for a starving World, 1-2-07).

People starve because they cannot afford to eat not because of any shortage of food. It is a lack of political will that prevents the barriers to gainful employment from being removed from impoverished populations.

Moving our economies away from carbon based energy and using some of the alternative energy sources Lewis knows about. This effort to reduce CO2 emission would actually stimulate economic growth that could help end hunger.

But we also lack the political will to make this wise move because people like Lewis persist in misleading the public on the basic science of energy and food production.

An ‘inconvenient truth’ for Lewis is that “Energy poverty” isn’t the problem. Ignorance is. Our planet is bathed in solar energy with an endless source of geothermal, wave and wind energy Lewis said “A Kyoto-style system would push energy prices even higher.” Wrong. It would only push some carbon based energy prices higher. We need to do that voluntarily to reflect the real cost of an oil addicted society. Our oil addiction fuels terrorism and is costing us far more than the pump price.

If we were wise enough to make adequate investments now in non-carbon based energy sources, prices will continue to go down on those alternative sources and more money could be devoted to ending the poverty that causes hunger and provides human cannon fodder for terrorist leaders.

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