The age of coal must come to an end

Everyone talks about the problems of global climate change, ocean acidification, atmospheric degradation, but few offer solutions. Yes, you can recycle more, ride a bike occasionally, get a chicken for your backyard, grow more beets and get your Prius ready for the next car pool, but in reality, it’s a pointless exercise.

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There is one solution, one fix that can happen immediately and it will have immediate and measurable change – tomorrow.  And that’s the elimination of every coal power plant on the planet. Shut them all down tomorrow and almost half of all our carbon pollution ends and our oceans might have a chance.

Coal represents one-third of fossil fuels’ share of world total primary energy supply but is responsible for 43% of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use around the world. That 1/3 can be taken up by solar, wind, and wave quickly and efficiently. We are already watching it happen, and conversely, we are now watching the energy companies get nervous and they are already plotting ways to stop the movement.

We all know that the likelihood of rich powerful energy barons walking away from their investments isn’t going to happen tomorrow. In fact, it will be the battle of the 21st century, with every legal, political and activist tactic employed. But it must happen.
It’s time for every climate scientist, physicist, chemist, engineer, geologist, astronomer and mathematician to stand with a singular solution… end the age of coal.

It’s time for every person who reads this blog, to stand up against bought off politicians, wealthy energy companies and corrupt industrialists, to refuse to fund another coal plant, to demand a clean energy solution, and to have their coal plant shut down.

We have a say, it’s our world, and the few people that are employed by the coal industry will find new careers, they can be helped toward a new future. It will not be the first industry that has come to an end (computer punch card feeders come to mind), and we will not turn our backs on those families, but for the sake of all families now and into the future, we have to say enough is enough.

The age of coal must come to an end.

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The Argument of the Closed System

Having a “debate” with a climate change denier is always fraught with frustrating non-science insertions and blatant name calling. We at Ocean Justice don’t shy away from these people, they have been duped into believing ideology over rational presentation. Also, I truly believe that wearing them down and eventually getting them to at least acknowledge something is wrong or changing is a step in the right direction.

One track of thought that I’ve found works is to talk about a closed atmospheric system; a closed system in chemistry is where no reactants or products can escape. Granted our atmosphere is dynamic with exchanges happening from volcanic to eco-system and ocean, but for the most part the oxygen and CO2 we breathe in and out has been around for millions of years – so the argument is plausible.

Presented to the denier – it goes like this:

“I know you think climate change is a big hoax, but have you ever thought about the fact that our atmosphere is only so thick, has only so much volume, and that its locked and closed on top of our planet?”

“Here’s another way of seeing this, so if our planet is a backyard pool of water, how much crap could you introduce before it was ruined, before you wouldn’t want to swim any longer? Because your pool is like our air, our atmosphere, it has only so much volume.”

“I’m sure you took some basic chemistry or art classes in high school… what happens when you introduce too much color, too much of any material into your project, it changes, the color changes, the smell changes, so how is it any different when we over expose our atmosphere to too much CO2 or methane?  How much is too much?”

These types of questions are really hard for deniers to answer, they stem from logic and forces the conversation about climate change toward a perspective of introducing too much of one element into a closed system – something most people can imagine. Granted they will not yield online, but afterwards, who knows…. Maybe their thinking might change.

Give it a try!

– Jim

Welcome to Ocean Justice

Our organization was created to spur education and awareness through multi-media, lectures and events in the hopes that an intelligent awakening occurs. It’s time to view our oceans and planet with a new perspective, a perspective where conservation, protection and advocacy prevails.

There are numerous threats to our oceans, our planet and the life that thrives beneath the waves, and we are dedicated to highlighting the dangers of marine pollution, industrial toxins and advocating for the emotionally intelligent species that exist on our water world.

We invite you to join our society, to become a member and help make a difference… and along the way bring balance and justice to our oceans.