Today I learned that Pakistan has flooded so badly that a very large hotel was toppled. This comes on top of all the flooding in the United States, in Kentucky, in the desert, near St. Louis and so on. Europe is in a major drought, so bad that shipping is imperiled on most rivers, so bad that sunken Nazi ships are surfacing in the low water that are still fully loaded with weapons that could explode.
Then, I read a story in the Washington Post. Apparently, Greenland is losing its ice shelf so rapidly that by the year 2,300 — 78 years from now — that oceans will rise by three feet.
Think about that for a minute.
People who never participated in the things that contribute to climate change, like Bangladesh, will have no dry land. Islands all over the world will be distant memories. And, given that much of New Orleans is six below sea level, three feet will join the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Ponchartrain.
Still we sit doing very little. Politicians fight just about every bill that could begin the work of change on emissions. If the idiot child who was president a few years ago had his way we’d be burning more coal than ever.
Some of my friends who seem to be afraid of change are questioning the purchase of our e-car. They use semi-academic arguments about still needing to burn something in order to provide electricity to power the car. Or, that early batteries cost a fortune to replace, forgetting that newer batteries cost much less. charge
The joke’s on them.
Our home solar panels and a battery that can store ten days worth of electricity means that all we need is a way to charge our car with the sun’s power. So, we bought a charger. A Type Two charger costs about $4,000 installed. It can charge a car’s battery in 6.5 hours. A Type Three is much faster, but they can only be used in public places like a former gas station.
But, that’s nothing.
What more can we — I do? We are working on it.
What are you doing? Now? In the future?