An Analysis of Automobile CO2 Reduction Programs to Mitigate Climate Change
Electric cars are now a world priority and there is not an alternative at this point in time. Ride sharing is in disarray with Uber scandals but could make a comeback. Solutions proposed today require advanced technology things like autonomous cars. Transit ridership is declining. Prius sales are way down, even though it is the best and cheapest option. The key point is that each electric car today generates one half the CO2 of a …» Read more
Compassion and Curtailment
My wife, Faith Morgan, and I have been meeting with Rob Content, a long time climate change collaborator and his partner Diane Dillar, on the topic of Near Term Extinction or NTE. NTE refers to a theory promoted by scientist Guy McPherson suggesting that the results of climate change will be species extinction, including mankind. McPhereson argues that no mediation programs, either in place or planned for, can alter this direction. Our interest has been …» Read more
What Happened to Low Energy Cars?
In December 2010, the first few GM Volts and Nissan Leafs were delivered in the U.S. Sales grew rapidly from 17,813 units in 2011, the first full year of sales, to 118,682 units in 2014, the maximum sales year for plug-ins. For hybrids the maximum sales year was 2013, with 495,685 units shipped that year. Hybrid sales declined in 2014 and declined again in 2015 to 384,404 units sold. What happened? Did plug-ins take the …» Read more
Thoughts on COP 21 (Climate Talks)
The international political response to climate change began officially in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, where the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted. The Convention’s objective was to stabilize atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid anthropogenic interference with the climate. The UNFCCC has a membership of 195 parties. The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the UNFCCC’s implementation. At the third COP …» Read more
It’s Time to Wake Up!
On September 24, 2015, Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress about the state of the world. His concerns relative to climate, poverty and violence were well received. As he opened his talk he said “Today I would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the United States.” I had read his encyclical “ Laudato Si’ “ and was pleased by his directness. There were 246 number points …» Read more