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Living In The “Peoplocene Age”.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable.  (December 12, 2016)

Posted in Book Reference, Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Collapse, Consumerism, Environment, Gas/Fossil Fuel, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Overpopulation, Peoplocene Age, Population, Society, Taxation, Technology, Water on December 12, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “It’s too late?”

J          “It is too late.”

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J          “But we pretend and extend.”

K          “Get up, put on your socks, and soldier on.”

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J          “We are producing far more babies than solar panels.  That scenario is not changing under any scenario.  There is very little hope, there is only collective delusion within the collective.”

K          “Ironic that so many will not acknowledge our global plight and others who will acknowledge our situation do not even acknowledge the underlying and overriding problem.  The ‘Peoplocene Age’ is upon us and we do not know it.”

J          “The ‘Peoplobscene Age’?  Too many people, too little planet.”

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K          “The plebiscite on global climate destruction takes place in the specialized voting booths known as the maternity wards of the world one new voter at a time.  The votes are tallied every day, the voting booth never closes and the decision is unanimous and uncontested.  Everyone endorses global climate devastation one baby at a time.”

J          “We need to reduce the load.  Period.  The only viable solution is to produce fewer people not to delude ourselves into thinking we can produce more panels and power.”

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K          “The inconvenient truth is that renewable energy is not the answer, now or in the long run.  If one honestly calculates all the costs including every opportunity cost, the total cost of renewable energy does not and never will pencil out.”

J          “My concern is that we are not allowed to provide that answer, so we are not allowed even to ask the question.”

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K          “We are in the flood right now.  I don’t recall anyone in the movie even once mentioning overpopulation.  Go through the flick and replace the phrase ‘reduce fossil fuels’ with ‘reduce world population.’  The only sustainable energy policy is a people policy.”

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J          “There are more neurosurgeons than skilled solar panel installers.  Americans contend in response that they can simply wave a wand and the problem is solved.  If the government – or the private sector with generous tax breaks, credits and deductions  – commits to training more solar panel installers, voila, we will have more solar panel installers.  But at what real cost?”   

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J          “Those people who are here must reduce their load.  Period.  Everyone wants to live like they do in Bethesda-Chevy Chase; no one can sustainably live like they do in Bethesda-Chevy Chase.  The Republicans delude the populace that they can live the Bethesda-Chevy Chase lifestyle simply by demanding to live the Bethesda-Chevy Chase lifestyle.”

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K          “The planet will support 500,000,000 souls comfortably and 5,000,000,000 souls uncomfortably.  We are grossly over gross.  Overpopulation is at the headwaters of all of our problems.”

J          “And first and foremost among the downstream problems is our growing inability to provide clean, available and affordable water.”

K          “We need to reverse the two trends.  We need to quit depositing more humans on the planet and quit removing other species off the planet.”

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J          “Yet, by definition, it cannot be the biggest problem confronting humanity unless you use the word ‘terrorist’ to describe it.”

K          “Okay.  Fair enough.  We have overpopulated the planet with almost 7.5 billion precious little miracle . . . terrorists.  And the numbers are growing.  There you go.”

J          “That should work.”

K          “Almost 7.5 billion precious little miracle terrorists are pummeling Mother Nature with poison.  Then we sprinkle nuclear reactors around the planet that are finicky nuclear bombs waiting to be detonated by default.  Pull the plug on electricity, pull the pin on the reactors.  The nuclear reactors are weapons of mass destruction that will go off when they cannot get the electricity to stay on.”

J          “The mutant shall inherent the earth.  We allow one country to pour radiation into the Pacific Ocean day in and day out for over five years and create the world’s largest Superfund Site.  The grazing ground for sea critters is toxic.”

K          “The Pacific Ocean Superfund site and other ocean Superfund Sites also have massive gyres of poisonous plastic and detritus spinning around.”

J          “The ultimate inconvenient truth is that the entire Earth is now a Superfund Site.”

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K          “What if the government only provided a tax deduction of ‘x’ for the first child and ‘1/2 x’ for the second child?  Or no deduction?”

J          “The hard simple truth is that little can be done to slow population growth.  The load has overloaded us.”

K          “A carbon fee and dividend program?” 

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J          “With so many available bodies, there are so many opportunities for corporations to exploit the vast pool of desperate workers.”

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K          “We have met the enemy and it is a little miracle terrorist.  It is us.”

J          “Mother Nature is the only adult on the planet.  She is growing impatient.  Soon she will intercede.”

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[See Daniel Quinn from “What a Way to Go:  Life at the End of Empire” and his “Advice for Young People” at minute 48.  Try to find some joy in this life without deluding yourself.]

[See the e-commentary at “On Overpopulation (June 14, 2010)”, “Kids As Consumer Durables (August 6, 2007)”, “Global Environmental Something (February 16, 2009)”, “A Gentle Landing On Earth (August 1, 2016)”, “‘It’s Only A Rental.’ The Earth As A Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschation. (September 28, 2015), “Global Climate Craziness (GCC) and Taxation (March 23, 2015)”, “On Roiling And Rolling Collapse (March 9, 2015)” and “Over Over-Population:  10 Billion Little Miracles (And Counting) (And Costing) (January 26, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“We have met the enemy and it is a little miracle terrorist.  It is us.”  Nogo

We need to reduce the load.  Period. 

Be fruitful and don’t multiply; multiple fruit fruitfully

Slow climate destruction; practice birth control

Too many live people; too few dead dinosaurs.  To say nothing of the too chilling consequences of burning the few available dead dinosaurs (or whatever spawns gas and oil).

Price carbon

Stay calm and price carbon

Panic and price carbon

Better never than late?

Preserve the Nest; at all costs.

The mutant shall inherent the earth. 

Too many people, too little planet

“Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally or globally?”  Albert Allen Bartlett, Great Challenge

Immanentize The Eschaton.  Say What? (August 22, 2016)

Posted in Environment, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Immanentizing The Eschaton, Internet on August 22, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Do you want to immanentize the eschaton tonight?  We are playing pool at 8.”

J          “That’s what I always say.  You could immanentize the eschaton by playing at the pool.”

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K          “No more trudging to the library, it seems.  The quickest font of information is right there on your Smarty Pants phone.  Get on ‘Ask Jeeves’ and type in ‘Immanentizing the Eschaton’ and see what happens.” 

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K          “There is a one hundred percent (100%) correlation in the results that has never before been achieved in social sciences research in the history of humankind.  Every single person who does not want to allow others to immanentize the eschaton has already immanentized his or her eschaton.”

J          “There is an opportunity for the contrarians.  Find someone who has not immanentized his or her eschaton who will proclaim that we should not allow others to immanentize the eschaton.”

K          “Your perspective is a function of your position in this life.”

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[See the e-commentary at “‘It’s Only A Rental.’  The Earth As A Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschaton (September 28, 2015).”]

[See “Immanentize the eschaton” in Wikipedia.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Go ahead, make my day, immanentize the eschaton.

America immanentized the eschaton when the people established the National Park Service on August 25, 1916.  National parks allow us to get back to the garden.

Over Over-Population: 10 Billion Little Miracles (And Counting) (And Costing) (January 26, 2015)

Posted in Bush, Energy, Environment, Global Climate Change, Population on January 26, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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1          “If one assumes a reasonable and sustainable quality of life for each person, the carrying capacity of the Earth is about 500 million human beings.  At almost 7.3 billion little miracles and counting, we as a people are more than 14 times over gross.  Even if the carrying capacity is a quantum level higher at 5 billion souls, the population exceeds capacity.  With deficit spending, we are effectively spending and consuming today for 10 billion consumers or twice the most expansive gross carrying capacity of the Earth.  All of Mother Nature’s resources are pledged and committed which leaves us with nothing more to sacrifice and consume.”

0          “That is gross.  They say we are spending the kids’ and the grandkids’ money.  We are actually consuming their resources without permission or reflection.  Too many of us are devouring resources for two.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

7.3+ billion persons + deficit consumption = 10 billion ‘consumption person’ units

7.3+ billion persons x 1.33 deficit consumption multiplier = circa 10 billion ‘consumption person’ units

“I don’t believe in global climate change, but personally I do believe that the climate is changing quickly and I now believe that man may be partly responsible.”

“The American way of life is not up for negotiations.  Period.”  George H. W. Bush.  “Correct.  I do not negotiate, son.  I impose.  Exclamation point!”  Mother Nature

400 PPM (May 13, 2013)

Posted in Environment, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Population, Press/Media on May 13, 2013 by e-commentary.org

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1    “After careful and exhaustive research, 99.9999 percent of the legitimate scientists conclude that man’s activities are impacting Mother Earth and then some lunatics proclaim that the scientists are evenly divided.  The charlatans may be just baying at the moon, but they are very effectively misleading many of the masses.”

2       “And a few folks feel obliged to provide equal time presenting each argument.”

1        “You don’t need to be a climate scientist to realize that a rapid and even radical increase in a dangerous chemical with reasonably predictable consequences requires more thoughtful and thought-provoking research and commentary.”

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[See the discussion and references at http://citizensclimatelobby.org/files/images/400ppmPR051113.pdf.]

[See the “e-ssay” titled Less Government Regulation Series: The Terrorist Tax Again (August 3, 2009) and Energy “Manhattan Project”: The “Carbon Tax And Dividend” (March 25, 2013).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.”  Upton Sinclair

“In the sack, save the leatherback; Don’t go bare, panthers are rare; Wrap with care, save the polar bear; When you’re feeling tender, think about the hellbender; Be a savvy lover, protect the snowy plover; Safe intercourse saves the dwarf seahorse.  Extinction is forever, wear a condom.”  Center for Biological Diversity.

CO2 = Not so good; CO2 Tax = good

TEDx: THEODORAx or DOROTHEAx or . . . DOROTHyx? (April 8, 2013)

Posted in Economics, Energy, Environment, Society on April 8, 2013 by e-commentary.org

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1          “TED is a clever acronym.  Technology, Engineering and Design.  Three universes and infinite possibilities.  ‘Ideas worth spreading,’ they allege.”

2          “On first hearing, it sounds like a program named after your favorite smallmouth bass fishing buddy.”

1          “That is part of what reels them in.  Our friend TED covers the usual 3E programs – energy, economics, and the environment – and everything in between and on all sides.  Local programs are identified by the small letter ‘x’ and then the community such as ‘TEDx Gotham City’ or ‘TEDx Dodge.’”

2          “I thought the ‘x’ stands for the second ‘x’ chromosome.  By design, the speakers are from diverse backgrounds, yet they still tend toward more males than females.  However, the local organizers and more than 53 percent of the attendees are double ‘xx’ers.  But that is not why the local programs are not called ‘TEDy Shangri-La.’”

1          “That was my first thought.  Just because the ‘y’ chromosome so often correlates with goonery and buffoonery does not mean that all males are goons and buffoons.  Really.”

2          “Not all of them.  But the local programs may need to be called ‘THEODORAx’ or ‘DOROTHEAx.’”

1          “Or keep the males in the loop and call the local programs ‘DOROTHyx.’”

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2          “Women undertake most of the jobs in non-profit entities.”

1          “Yet the White boys still hold most of the positions of power in for-profit entities.”

2          “But one can say with a high degree of confidence that it is not because of talent.  The White boys are there because of market distortions.”

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1          “With women surpassing males in high school and college, the emerging civil rights issue is whether a less talented cohort of males can be admitted in the interest of maintaining roughly equal numbers of males and females in a class.”

2          “Instead of a young woman going to college to get an MRS. degree, today’s young man goes to college to get an MR. degree.”

1          “If he gets in.”           

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[See the website http://www.ted.com/pages/about.]

Bumper stickers of the week

TED:  Ideas worth spreading

Ideas:  Good, especially good ones.

Plastic Pirates (August 6, 2012)

Posted in Boycott Series, Environment, Global Climate Change, Water on August 6, 2012 by e-commentary.org

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WS         “We were promised yellow rubber ducks, plastic bottles, sneakers and other debris and detritus.  Gyres of the stuff haunt and ply the waters.  And we were not disappointed.  The engine stalling in clear blue water with no visible junk was the great mystery.  After looking at the intake, we scooped up and strained some of the water and discovered very small plastic particles that blocked the intake.  Plastic has saved many trees and other living things, yet plastic does not revert to its elements in an environmentally friendly way.  The plastic particles are getting into everything.  Plastic pirates plying the Pacific.” 

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[WS = World Sailor]

[See the “e-ssay” titled Playa Plastica / Plastic Beach (September 13, 2010).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Boycott plastic

From Sea (Of Japan) To Shining Sea (June 11, 2012)

Posted in Environment, Japan on June 11, 2012 by e-commentary.org

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C1          “The tides and winds and currents are generally predictable.  So everyone knew that the floating pile of flotsam and debris and detritus was sailing inexorably from Japan to the shores of the West Coast.”   

C2          “And the people and politicians demanded that something be done.”

C1          “Something was done?  Did I miss something?”

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[See the “e-ssay” titled “Fukushima Daiichied (March 12, 2012)”]

[See the regular commentary at http://enenews.com/ and articles such as http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/destructive-hitchhikers-tsunami-debris-hauls-invasive-species-across-pacific-to-us-shores/2012/06/09/gJQAYb16PV_story.html.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“I don’t believe in colleges and universities.  I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money.  When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money.  I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”  Ray Bradbury (1920 – 2012).

“Isn’t making a smoking section in  a restaurant like making a peeing section in a pool.”  George Carlin