Louise Stonington

Seattle, WA, United States

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Louise Stonington
Posted almost 2 years ago
James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change
The question is not 'Which costs are higher?' If you were diagnosed with a deadly disease would you compare the cost of treatment against the cost of your lost wages if you die, and take the less expensive option? The LAG TIME is the critical issue here. Once carbon dioxide is released into air, humans cannot get it 'back in the bottle.' CO2 keeps the temperatures of the earth go higher for decades after it is released; it takes a long time for the very huge oceans to warm up. Twenty or so years after humans stop burning fossil fuels and increasing the CO2 levels in air, the temperatures will level off, not go down. Then there are the feedbacks, for example the melting permafrost releases methane which is a much more powerful greenhouse gas even than CO2, which warms the earth more, melting more permafrost. These feedbacks are the reason why the reports mention the possiblility of 'runaway global warming' or warming that humans can no longer control. If we wait too long, it is possible for Earth to become so hot that civilization is totally impossible, with deserts taking up the temperate zone, and the poles getting more temperature temperatures, but not having the topsoil we need to grow crops nor enough winter sunlight to maintain them. The fossil fuel companies have spent a billion and more on a campaign to keep their 85% market share of energy and 95% share of transportation. Retire the fossils. Solar, wind, geothermal, batteries, algae and efficiency technology can take care of our needs. Citizen Climate Lobby helps people counter the fossil fuel lobbyists that we pay for with every purchase.
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Louise Stonington
Posted about 2 years ago
David MacKay: A reality check on renewables
Have you written to your elected representatives this week?? Massive citizen pressure is the only way that we are going to overcome the stranglehold that fossil fuel has on our economy. $400 billion in subsidies for oil, coal and natural gas is given away by governments every year. Burning them is causing the level of carbon dioxide in our air to keep rising, up 2 parts per million each year now. We are risking unimaginable catastrophes by overheating our planet. Please join Citizens Climate Lobby, Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Lobby, Greenpeace, or League of Conservation Voters. Work nationally and locally. Your letter may be the tipping point. Write one now.
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Louise Stonington
Posted over 3 years ago
Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline
Naomi Oreskes book, Merchants of Doubt has an the answer. Her research shows that a small group of mostly physicists are quoted over and over again as 'authority' for disbelieving climate science or arguing that even if it is true, we should not, or cannot do anything to stop it. Looking at the background of that small group reveals that they were also the 'scientific authority' for arguments that smoking is not bad for your health, that the hole in the ozone layer is no problem, and that emissions from power plants do not create acid rain that kills crops and poisons lakes. In spite of their poor track record for accuracy, they continue their campaign to try to halt any and all regulation against corporate action, no matter how harmful. Whether they are frustrated cold war fighters on an anti-socialist witch hunt or simply well paid shills of the corporate world, or both, their informational pollution continues to gum up efforts to apply the wealth of scientific knowledge to making the world a better place.
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Louise Stonington
Posted over 3 years ago
Western culture is wasteful. Is it fair to suggest that most people have to ask themselves what is worth more: luxuries or the future?
Fifty years ago, mankind had no ability to see the whole picture, to understand the full effects of our actions on other people, on society and on the planet. Now, we can. Measurements and computer analyses of the health of every aspect of society and the planet are readily available. Those of us who are aware of this window into the future, are like new parents, suddenly faced with the responsibility for taking care of other people, For some, this is a thrilling opportunity. For others, it is so terrifying that they retreat into shells of denial. As we mature, we will develop ways to manage our choices, in light of this breadth of information. We have two challenges: first, to honor basic equality and ensure that all people have access to the necessities of life, and second, to honor sustainability, to avoid damage to the Earth and its systems that support life. Until all people have access to food and water, no one should be using food for entertainment. Until everyone has basic preventive medical care, no one should get vanity cosmetic surgery. Until everyone has basic shelter, no one should have a second home. Until everyone is clothed, no one should have collections of shoes and games. In a sustainable world, widespread availability of clean energy gives people new employment opportunities and strengthens their access to basic rights, such as the right to plan their families. Appliances, clothing, and electronics are made to last, and to be totally recycled; there is no waste. We can envision this better world. Today, we are spiraling toward destruction of our basic resources. Individuals who live lightly on the Earth certainly help. However the problem is systemic, and demands systemic solutions. Society, through governments, must require the preservation of forests, the end of burning fossil fuel, and reductions in energy use with public transportation and efficient design. Your question is indeed fair, and important.
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Louise Stonington
Posted over 3 years ago
How do YOU keep form getting frustrated and stay positive and active while keeping your eye's open to the problems and hurt in the world?
Action. Take action to reduce your personal carbon footprint, get reductions in your community and state, and send regular messages to the government to stop spending our taxes on subsidies for oil, to require energy efficiency, to save ecosystems. http://pirg.org; http://nrdc.org; http://earthjustice.org/our_work/climate_and_energy There will always be nay-sayers and obstructionists, but the boys in the back of the classroom who launch spitwads and sarcastic comments will join the game when they understand it and realize that they can be successful. Clean energy has enormous potential, it’s silly not to spread the buzz, once you realize its importance and how exciting it will be when it really takes off. Solar panels on roofs, geothermal pipes under buildings, wind turbines sending us kisses, walkable communities , speedy and efficient public transportation, and healthier food. Naomi Oreskes book, Merchants of Doubt explains how a very small group of people can have a huge effect. Did you know that prominent deniers Fred Seitz and Fred Singer used the same fake arguments to fight against regulations to protect us from the harmful effects of cigarettes, and acid rain, and now carbon dioxide emissions causing global warming. They were wrong before and we will prove them wrong again. Citizen action helped get women the vote, stop child labor, and reduce the threat of nuclear war. Get active. Lots of ideas in Guy Dauncey’s book: Climate Challenge, 101 Solutions to Global Warming. Thank you.