A Guide to Climate Change for the Perplexed

earth.jpgNew Scientist has a great article for people who are at all confused, misinformed, ignorant, or othwerise boggled by all this talk about climate change. They clarify many things that people may not know much about. It’s worth a read if you don’t think you know enough about climate change, or if you just want a reminder what climate change means.

Our planet’s climate is anything but simple. All kinds of factors influence it, from massive events on the Sun to the growth of microscopic creatures in the oceans, and there are subtle interactions between many of these factors.

Yet despite all the complexities, a firm and ever-growing body of evidence points to a clear picture: the world is warming, this warming is due to human activity increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and if emissions continue unabated the warming will too, with increasingly serious consequences.

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  1. We can!
    If we change our Nations trains to run off electricity we could help lessen our dependence on foreign oil. If we also set them up so we could harness the energy of them going down grade or as they stop, they could help provide their own energy. Private owners would have extra income from their cars and there would be a whole lot less green house gases. If they are set up to generate power even as they stop it might help prevent some major train accidents because of the added traction from the generators.
    To help generate enough electric energy for them to run as well as major amounts beyond this, we could.
    1 Pass a law allowing people (American citizens) who own land on rivers to put barges with new style paddle wheels on them. The paddles could billow like a sail and also fall away as they leave the water which would help them to be way more productive. These paddle wheels could also be made fully submersable and all that would be visible is a ripple on the surface. The billowing paddles would generate more power than any of the water mill or fan style generators and would not hurt as many fish in murky water where they cannot see them. This also helps promote salmon runs because it would not hinder their migration
    as dams do.
    2 Allow people to put barges or submersable paddle wheels on inlets like Pudget Sound where the difference in the tide is great enough power could be made 24/7 and extremely huge amounts of it. How about San Francisco and San Diego Bays or the Florida keys?
    3 Allow inlets to be dug on our coasts and the dirt and rock could be put out into the bay or ocean. Adding this to lengthen them and add to their production. These could have clam and oyster beds added and have nets to keep out large sharks for safer swimming, boating and fishing areas. Building several next to one another opening some sooner than others allows power to be generated 24/7. New
    wetlands and more recreation areas for the Nation. Talk about a good use for resident domain laws. These could also be done on the coast where high banks keep people from using them, by digging tunnels into the banks.
    Trust me this is just a little of what we could do and think of the hope the children would have. Hope for a brighter future and hope there might be enough oil for their lifetime and a good paying job for their future. This would create huge amounts of jobs as well as things for our manufactures to build. The economy would boom and we would be seen as a leader in the war of global warming.
    Ok, how about if we put big pipelines from above areas where now we have floods. Pipe this water down river and after it has dropped in elevation enough harness the energy of it when we put it back into the rivers, over and over again. Think how much this would save in the long run from our taxes?
    We could use the resident domain laws to secure land next to the oil refineries and build steam plant which would rival a nuclear plant. Burning what is called waste as the refinery use flares as a safety. The gas could be run through a condenser to cool it and at the same time preheat the water to generate steam. Burst tanks could be put into the system to catch it just as an over flow on a radiator. We could tax the refinery double what has been wasted yearly and give this as an incentive to those willing to build the plants. If they must buy some gas to generate power, it would be minmal.
    Doing these things some might opt to use electricity to heat their house with instead of heating oil. This again lessens the demand on oil which brings the price down.
    Want to hear more?
    I need help promoting this!
    I have way more information to share with anyone interested in cleaning the air.

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