What is most concerning to you about climate change impacts to our community?
Climate has always changed. Lifeforms (Flora/Fauna), disregarding the bacteria and microorganisms, for the moment, are inter reliant. Over eons, the earth has undergone numerous changes. Dinosaurs once trod in this area; Glaciers once cover this area.
The question is how much “humans” have contributed to the “proverbial” straw imbalance relative to a “no point of return” tipping point. Adaptation has always been the key to the “Darwin Effect”. The “Black Swan” factor has always been unpredictable.
Can “we” really control the climate or do we anticipate and not just react as previous occupants have done? Will we continue to move and adapt as predictions and conditions indicate? The unknown (Improbable Black Swan) is when will the next asteroid hit, Yellowstone erupt, etc.; i.e., the “Black Swan”. 3-4 billion years from now, the Sun will become a Red Star, as it’s supply of fuel is exhausted. In doing so, it will expand and consume Venus and Mars, not quite reach Earth, but come close enough to extinguish all life as we know it, due to heat and radiation.
Another “Lily Pad” will be required for survival. So, for the short run, “we” can institute some pattern modifications to our behaviors; but, we cannot control the inevitable that will occur. These changes will have to balance the Ecological, Environmental, Ethical and the Economic considerations, with rational trade offs, as this is not a zero sum exercise. My greatest concern is how do we keep calm, rational and avoid hyperventilation/hysteria while pursuing actual and prudent courses of action.
Would you support a local Renewable Energy Program that would require renewable energy on buildings that use large amounts of outdoor energy?
I support a practical approach to the utilization of energy in a transitional, pragmatic and economically rational endeavor. One that has efficacy with measurable, quantifiable and achievable outcomes. Draconian/Bureaucratic edicts from government entities will always be met with resistance.
The key to such is the technological advances that make the movement to “cleaner” sources economically practical. We, as citizens of the World, need to be good stewards, doing what is feasible and not fall victim to “lemming herdings”. Urgency, Focus and Resolve without Stampede Chaos is the most rational.
One of the areas of greatest promise is the hydrogen technology; efficient and clean, a closed loop event, but without the necessary current technology to be practical, at this time. The practical pathway for this may very well be a system using the current natural gas distribution system with enhanced application of future technology.
Would you support a “universal recycling” policy that would require recycling collection at businesses and residences across the community?
I would, with the caveat that a compelling and practical, full cycle, and technological solution be achieved. A great deal of waste, from anecdotal observation, is that most restaurants are not separating their glass/plastic, or other recyclables. The county discontinued the recycle points for waste oil. I ponder as to what has become of the default disposal of this product.
The biggest issue, currently, is that recycling is in an economic trough. The world’s market is flooded with non-economical products for recycling. If there is not a “market” for the recycle, it won’t happen. The ban on plastic bags is, in reality, a miniscule effort; the real “main vein” is the plastic bottle. Beyond reusing plastics for playground equipment, carpet material, and auto interiors; a closed loop system needs to be developed. Millions of barrels of oil are consumed each day just to make plastic containers.
Plastic bottles were the choice because of the relatively low cost of oil, shipping weight of the container product and consumer acceptance and demand. Figure out an economical and ecological use for plastics that is fully recyclable and the adherence will follow. So will lower consumption of new oil.
However, just doing so, without a simultaneous economic solution, will fall into the trap of “creative destruction” of one industry for another. Governmental regulations of the re-use of plastic is a discussion for another day and time. Saying so, will not make it so. The solution is making it appealing, economical, practical and not, draconian in nature.