"We have a problem Huston!"
In a few recently aired documentaries we saw how the engineers in London
England, the Netherlands, and some Pacific islands and New Orleans in the
United States are building new, or shoring up existing dikes in an effort to
keep back the oceans. They, for the most part, consider storm surge
only. Not the rising sea level. In short the dikes are totally
inadequate for the longer term. But that aside, there is a far more
serious factor and that is the amount of CO2 that is generated to strengthen
the dikes. I refer to the engineers burning the midnight candle in
their CO2 serviced offices, the bulldozers, the welding, the design work and
all the other CO2 generating labour that goes into shoring up the dikes.
A solution that will have to be repeated over and over as the sea levels
Of course we could move to higher ground or as in Venice
just let the sea flow in and walk on walkways and bridges between buildings
and between roofs instead of on the ground. Of course we couldn't
drive cars. What a shame.
Another idea that needs to die a quiet death is the ethanol
craze. Some brilliant whoever has promoted the idea that we can run
our cars on ethanol made from corn among other things. Personally, if I
get my hands on any pure ethanol I'm going to drink it. No way will I
waste good alcohol in the gas tank. The problem with this idea is that
climate change will , and in fact already is, destroying much of the fame
lands around the globe. It will do so in North America too. So
we will have to decide if we want to grow food or ethanol on the scarce
farmable land that remains. I vote for food. I like food.
I don't like Wendy's food.
Near to where I live there is a very small city, which shall
remain nameless, although I will say, it rhymes with Brockville. The
place was built on deceit and continues in this
vein to this day. The thingy is that the whole idea behind the local
strategy is one of economic growth. They are far from alone in this
idiocy. The whole damn country is still thinking about growth.
Growth requires ever increasing population. An increasing population
places heavier and heavier demands on the planet until finally the planet
can no longer support the population. We've already passed that
tipping point. there are those who will tell you
that the planet can support many more people and that we can feed them.
Of course the 1000's of children who are already dying of starvation and
disease daily don't count. Growth is a very bad word and should be stricken from
the lips of politicians and businesses. Personally I may be a
little over the top on this one point because I think that anyone who
engages in the destruction of future generations, our children and theirs,
are nothing less than killer scum and should be hung. Whoa! Enough of