Paula Hendricks

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Progress is made in jumps not gradual increments

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I am struck by how we move — in jumps not smooth gradual progressions. For the last 6 months I’ve been reading geology books and in some of them the scientists talk about how the earth systems change in leaps – jumps – and that one of their concerns about climate changes is that the rest of us think somehow the warming will occur in small incremental gradual increments over a long period of time. And they believe the systems leap into new territory in much shorter time frames.

I picked up a book called the Black Swan and while I have not read it yet, I see from the flap that it talks about how the assumptions underlying our system models do not account well for sudden, unpredictable abrupt change. Just look at the recent financial crises to see this in action.

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Land Use for Energy

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I am all for renewable energy. I am for significant efforts and even sacrifice to move our economy away from fossil fuels and slow-renewing natural resources (oil, gas)… but what I am seeing as the solutions make me nervous. I am seeing things I don’t want to see. I am realizing that unless we do this right, we may ruin what we are trying to save.

How much land will all this take? How much land are we using now and how much more land will we have to use? How much land is really necessary to do what we need to do? Am I scaring myself for no good reason or are there real concerns we need to address right away?

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Written by phwebnet

October 28, 2008 at 8:04 pm

I feel good about America today

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Yes, I know the financial markets are in a mess, here at home and all around the world.

Yes, I know China is building at least one coal fired power plant a week and already 1/3 of the pollution that reaches my city comes from China.

Yes, I know a friend of mine has defaulted on his mortgage at least 5 times and may lose his home.

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