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The Climate Deadline Alliance
The Climate Deadline Alliance
CLIMATE DEADLINE 2035
"It's Us or Dust"
CLIMATE DEADLINE 2035
"It's Us or Dust"
PLUGGING THE BLACK HOLE THAT THREATENS THE WHITE HOUSE CLIMATE PLAN
Revised February 11, 2021
“At present we are on track to become sustainable and extinct. Persistent legacy emissions plus mid-2030s point-of-no-return “tipping levels” equals game over for this particular round of living species on our planet.”
Forwarding this document to decision makers in your orbit is a moral imperative. This document contains key information, without which success in managing Climate Change will necessarily fail. These are strong words. Stay with me now and you will be convinced.
This is a difficult, challenging and perilous time for the United States and those who work on her behalf. No one needs more problems and no one wants to be the bearer to bad news. Of all the issues that threaten our security and survival, however, the most deadly and final is global warming. I hope herein to convey the urgent necessity of addressing the unseen danger in climate change “legacy” carbon emissions, and doing so in enough time to avoid the 450 ppm Climate Deadline rushing up on us. As humanity struggles to prove its worthiness to survive under the burden of global warming, and its probable mutant stepchild (due to climate-altered viral and bacterial exchanges between species) COVID-19, the Biden-Harris Administration has lit a new fire of hope. On January 27th President Biden established the Office of Domestic Climate Policy, the National Climate Task Force and for good measure a Civilian Climate Corps. The Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad is a breathtaking leap forward, a “whole-of-government” approach to the Climate Crisis. The Climate Executive Order provides for emissions reduction, sustainability, mitigation, new jobs, climate justice and more. This is a dream come true for those of us who have been fighting for environmental sanity all of our lives!
LEGACY EMISSIONS ARE TERMINAL AND NOT GOING ANYWHERE
And yet this most ambitious climate policy arrives with a Black Hole at its center which, if unaddressed, will suck these efforts into its gravity well before they have begun. It is imperative that the Climate Executive Order also address the need to remove already existing carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Without manually removing existing atmospheric carbon, even should we reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero, it will have no meaningful impact on the course of climate disruption.
Since our first time at bat in the global warming game some 50 years ago, man-made greenhouse gas emissions have continued to increase and accumulate in our atmosphere. From 1850 to 2019 human activity dumped escalating levels of greenhouse gasses so that today we have approximately 950 gigatons of CO2 alone circling above us. The effect of this has been to trap large amounts of global warming solar radiation. At present the amount of energy trapped is roughly equivalent to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs each day 365 days a year. Eventually this carbon (and ozone, and chlorofluorocarbons, and methane, and nitrous oxide) will be “recycled” through natural processes – but that “eventually” is in the neighborhood of up to thousands of years from now. Meanwhile, in the mid-2030’s, at around 450 ppm dissolved atmospheric carbon (or 10 GtC of ocean-dissolved CO2), geohistorical evidence has clearly shown us that the Earth will cross “tipping levels” and lock into a “new normal”. This new normal will be incompatible with the continued survival of most land and aquatic species now enjoying Earth’s hospitality.
I refer to this simply as the “Climate Deadline”. Reforestation, carbon credits, shifting to alternative energy sources and the like will only make us feel better – much like sending “Get Well Soon” cards to Auschwitz. It is now 50 years past the time when we could repair the damage in our atmosphere simply by not doing more damage. Emissions reductions and sustainability are crucial for the future. At present they are a threat, a dangerous distraction and opiate for our anxiety. We will eventually need these tools to survive, but only if we first do our repair work on the already (for our purposes) destroyed atmosphere above us. (Note: The salient problem with 10 GtC of CO2 in the oceans is high acidity which will cause phytoplankton to stop producing their 80 percent share of the world’s oxygen.)
Based on an emissions reduction and sustainability only plan we will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a sustainable society…..while at the same time suffering a slow and brutal extinction due to the overload of legacy emissions in the atmosphere. If we have already launched enough nuclear warheads to destroy the entire planet, it won’t matter much if we do or don’t launch a few more.
THE PROCESS OF PLANETARY CHANGE IS ALREADY UNDERWAY
We see signs of this overload all around us as we force our planetary ecosystems further and further toward the completion of anthropocidal feedback loops. Some examples:
A slowing and redirection of ocean currents which distribute heat around the planet.
Dramatic melting of ice and thawing of permafrost at both poles - including in Greenland where they have lost over 500 billion tons of ice in the past 10 years alone leading to…...
o A vast and accelerating release of stores of methane from beneath melting permafrost.
o And, unbelievably…..Arctic wildfires!
And speaking of wildfires, in June and July 2020 alone NASA estimated that 205 megatons of CO2 were emitted from wildfires. Wildfires coincided with a heatwave in Siberia, where temperatures soared to more than 30C (86F) in some areas.
Reduced or destroyed animal species and habitats such as during the Australian wildfires of 2019 when 80% of some animal’s habitats were destroyed.
The emergence of new soil microbes which have begun to release increasing amounts of stored carbon from the ground.
A fatal breech between plants and pollinators.
Altered weather patterns leading to loss of life and costly infrastructure damage.
Vastly worsening insect borne disease vectors.
Increasing prevalence and intensity of viral and other diseases due to unnatural intersections between migrating humans and animals.
(Note: Connecting the dots between global warming and the pandemic may be the only way to provide the public with a conceptual Climate Pearl Harbor and garner needed popular support for aggressive climate action.)
There are several reasons why researchers, relying on computer modeling, have consistently underestimated the gravity and speed of global warming, allowing these cascading changes to take us by surprise. First, there is a tendency to overlook the persistent nature of legacy emissions already in the atmosphere. Second, it is difficult to integrate into computer models the geohistorical evidence that, in every instance when the Earth reaches 450 ppm atmospheric carbon, the result is cataclysmic change in ecological systems. Third, the halo effect created by the fact that many researchers' livelihoods and life purpose depend on the dismal status quo, rather than success in repairing our disrupted climate systems.
WE CAN’T EXPECT NATURE TO CLEAN UP OUR MESS
Legacy emissions are so long-lived that we must manually remove them. We must begin this task immediately. This will require the use of what are known as Negative Emissions Technologies (NET) added to the Climate Executive Order in four general steps.
First, we must tune public awareness to the presence of The Climate Black Hole. We do this by shifting our focus from the far-off “existential” metric of degrees-centigrade to the more bracing-but-accurate 450 ppm atmospheric CO2 (and, or 10 GtC in our oceans) pointing out that we are now at 417 ppm and increasing by 2.5 ppm each year. It is too easy for the public to pass off a few degrees centigrade as “a little uncomfortable, but Americans are tough”. Everyone needs to understand that we have approximately 15 year to develop and implement a massive program for manually repairing (not just avoiding further damage to) our atmosphere.
Second, we must gather together the best available technology for actively removing carbon directly from the atmosphere (and probably - as diplomatically unfeasible as it may be - using stratospheric misting to increase albedo and reduce solar radiation ). Thankfully, the Negative Emissions Technologies of Direct Air Carbon Capture (DAC) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) are well-developed and carry very minimal risk (especially when compared to the horrifying certainty of crossing the Climate Deadline). Already, Dr. David Keith from Harvard has teamed with the Canadian Government and Occidental Petroleum to scale up DAC ground stations. Methods for “sequestering” and, or reformatting/reusing the carbon removed have been developed by many groups including Dr. Robert Fry at Climate Restoration Technologies, Inc. (CRT).
A Climate Deadline as soon as the mid-2030’s, at 450 ppm, is the gravest emergency humanity has faced. We must examine rationally, in the light of current data, the high degree of safety and efficacy of DAC and SRM. We must shrug off the antiquated fears of the “geoengineering boogeyman” that have mired the progress of even such climate luminaries as Vice President Al Gore in the past. We can’t fix an artificially caused problem with a passive “natural” solution. We need to clean up our own mess, and it’s going to take a mop and a broom to do it.
Third, we must focus the use of the Defense Production Act and the Civilian Climate Corps to get on war footing with global warming and bring our nation’s negative emissions technology efforts to sufficient scale to capture and re-utilize gigatons of carbon each year. The Administration has wisely surmised that the climate crisis brings with it an opportunity for the creation of millions of stable, good-paying jobs and these must initially be in the construction and operation of Direct Air Carbon Capture infrastructure. By 2025 DAC facilities must be up and running and capable of capturing a net 10 GtC/yr of CO2 per year if we hope to skirt the Climate Deadline.
Fourth, we must look to our Climate Envoy Sec. John Kerry to marshal other nations in following our lead. (After the recent Paris Administrative Court ruling holding the government there legally responsible "ecological damage" linked to global warming France might be happy to join the effort.) Very importantly, an active Negative Emissions program can play out far differently on the international stage than the past 50 years of never-ending, snails-pace, debates over reductions and carbon credits. The United States can take an entirely fresh and proactive approach. We can do what we do so well – innovate and build - initiating the deployment of large-scale Direct Air Carbon Capture facilities at home and elsewhere, leveraging our allies and the United Nations in the process. This vastly different, proactive stance will free us from the quicksand of endless discussion and jockeying for position while giving China a whole new technology race.
THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON TACKLING THE CLIMATE CRISIS – GO BIG OR NO HOME
Integrating a Negative Emission Technology plan into the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis will not be simple. Neither was our participation in ending World War II, but then as now it was necessary (and the stakes were much lower). A passive approach ultimately did not work. It will not work here. If we are to win this fight, it will be overwhelming and massive, a tooth and nail struggle with time already running out. Moreover, it cannot be passively achieved through the simple reduction of further harm to our thin layer of atmosphere – it must be an active effort through the building of a large-scale carbon removal infrastructure. If sufficiently motivated humans can build a massive network of fossil fuel exploration and extraction apparatus including SPAR platforms reaching thousands of feet to the sea floor we should be able to do this! Also, in this battle no one needs to die – in fact we can stop the dying - and the spending which is already in the trillions (not counting the COVID-19 pandemic as an effect of altered climate).
In conclusion, at present we are on track to become sustainable and extinct. Each of the next generations of our children and grandchildren will be more tortured than the last. Safety is waiting for us back at James Hansen’s 350 ppm – which is now over 60 ppm behind us! Let’s use Earth Day 2021 to add Negative Emissions Technologies to January 27th’s Executive Order before the Climate Black Hole sucks up any hope of returning a future to future generations.
- Dr. Christian R. Komor, Climate Deadline Alliance
ABOUT DR CHRISTIAN R. KOMOR
The Director of Climate Deadline Alliance, Dr. Christian R. Komor began a 30-year career in public service after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Wright State University in 1989. Dr. Komor is the author of numerous books translated into multiple languages including “The Power of Being” (1992), “Driving Ourselves Sane” (2012) and “Climate Deadline 2035” (2017). The release of Dr. Komor’s first book, “The Power of Being” (1992) provided a forewarning of, and solutions for, the crisis of escalating consumerism and excess which now threatens our global way of life in the form of Climate Change. As a sought-after national speaker and lecturer Dr. Komor has been the focus of dozens of articles, and television and radio interviews. Originally a native of Michigan, Dr. Komor migrated to the American Southwest in the early 2000’s falling in love with the diversity of Arizona’s land and people. Dr. Komor was a 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate in Arizona running on a Climate Change platform.
In 2016-2017 Dr. Komor trained with Al Gores “Climate Reality” team in which then led to work with and a group of senior scientists and engineers in Colorado working for the past dozen years on Negative Emissions Technologies. In late 2017 he published the first edition of “Climate Deadline 2035” a harbinger of what the United Nations has since called the “climate emergency”. In January 2018 Dr. Komor announced his run for Arizona Governor in order to gain public awareness for the need to actively remove carbon rom the atmosphere and the mid-2030’s deadline for doing so.
In early 2019 Dr. Komor became the Chief Litigant in a US District Court lawsuit on climate which eventually became part of the largest civil action to date addressing global warming. In early 2020 Dr. Komor’s “Omnicide Brief” was accepted by the International Criminal Court and is currently under review there.
In late 2019 Chris founded the Climate Deadline Alliance (CDA) a 501(c)3 educational organization. The Climate Deadline Alliance advises on climate policy - predicts next-step scenarios and disseminating next-level solutions.
EMISSION REDUCTIONS AND SUSTAINABILITY ARE NOT ENOUGH TO ARREST CLIMATE CHANGE BEFORE THE MID-2030’S. ONLY THE NEGATIVE EMISSIONS TECHNOLOGIES ARE POWERFUL ENOUGH - BUT WE MUST MOVE SWIFTLY AND ON A MASSIVE SCALE BEFORE WE HIT THE CLIMATE DEADLINE 2035
“The suffering we are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet another manifestation of Climate Change (acting through alterations in human-animal disease vectors). Climate scientists have awaited a “Climate Pearl Harbor” which will awaken the public and politicians to the urgency and magnitude of our global warming plight….and here it is! But will we awaken and have the wisdom to direct our frustration with this deadly virus into the correct action? The path forward is an extremely narrow one and rapidly closing. We must bypass the temptation to rest in futuristic hopes of mitigation, carbon reduction and sustainability and instead mobilize the Negative Emissions Technologies (NET) of Direct Air Carbon Capture (DAC) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) to deal first with existing legacy emissions. Only then can we be sustainable. Starting in 2025 we must capture a net 10 GtC/yr (10 billion metric tons) average CO2 per year if we hope to skirt the twin points of no return in the mid-2030’s – 450 parts per million atmospheric carbon and 310 GtC of ocean-dissolved CO2. (Inarguable geologic records demonstrate the former will trigger the Earth to shift to a new normal inconsistent with human survival. The latter will cause phytoplankton to stop producing 80% of the world’s oxygen.) Existing legacy carbon is not going away because we stop adding more – not for up to thousands of years. It must by actively removed. What can you, or your organization do to restore your children’s future-now-forfeit – use any avenues open to you - including joining the Climate Deadline Alliance (and the “Omnicide Complaint” now being reviewed by the International Criminal Court), pushing awareness of the necessity for a cooperative global effort to remove carbon from the atmosphere in your social groups, joining and advocating for NET in environmental organizations, supporting any ballot initiatives or candidates who are working for DAC/SRM, and contacting individuals with high visibility, connections, access and resources who can take action toward a global DAC/SRM effort. As in World War II everyone must be part of this effort. Do not delay, we need all hands on deck and time is short.”
- Dr. Christian R. Komor
SUMMARY OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Ending greenhouse gas emissions may not stop global warming: study
by Marlowe Hood
Ending greenhouse gas emissions may not stop global warming: study
by Marlowe Hood
Even if humanity stopped emitting greenhouse gases tomorrow, Earth will warm for centuries to come and oceans will rise by metres, according to a controversial modelling study published Thursday.
Natural drivers of global warming—more heat-trapping clouds, thawing permafrost, and shrinking sea ice—already set in motion by carbon pollution will take on their own momentum, researchers from Norway reported in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.
“According to our models, humanity is beyond the point-of-no-return when it comes to halting the melting of permafrost using greenhouse gas cuts as the single tool,” lead author Jorgen Randers, a professor emeritus of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, told AFP.
“If we want to stop this melting process we must do something in addition—for example, suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it underground, and make Earth’s surface brighter.”
Using a stripped-down climate model, Randers and colleague Ulrich Goluke projected changes out to the year 2500 under two scenarios: the instant cessation of emissions, and the gradual reduction of planet warming gases to zero by 2100.
In an imaginary world where carbon pollution stops with a flip of the switch, the planet warms over the next 50 years to about 2.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels—roughly half-a-degree above the target set in the 2015 Paris Agreement—and cools slightly after that.
Earth’s surface today is 1.2C hotter than it was in the mid-19th century, when temperatures began to rise.
But starting in 2150, the model has the planet beginning to gradually warm again, with average temperatures climbing another degree over the following 350 years, and sea levels going up by at least three metres.
Under the second scenario, Earth heats up to levels that would tear at the fabric of civilization far more quickly, but ends up at roughly the same point by 2500.
The core finding—contested by leading climate scientists—is that several thresholds, or “tipping points”, in Earth’s climate system have already been crossed, triggering a self-perpetuating process of warming, as has happened millions of years in the past.
One of these drivers is the rapid retreat of sea ice in the Arctic.
Since the late 20th century, millions of square kilometres of snow and ice—which reflects about 80 percent of the Sun’s radiative force back into space—have been replaced in summer by open ocean, which absorbs the same percentage instead.
Another source is the thawing of permafrost, which holds twice as much carbon as there is in the atmosphere. The third is increasing amounts of water vapor, which also has a warming effect.
Reactions from half-a-dozen leading climate scientists to the study—which the authors acknowledge is schematic—varied sharply, with some saying the findings merit follow-up research, and others rejecting it out of hand.
“The model used here is … not shown to be a credible representation of the real climate system,” said Richard Betts, head of climate impacts research at the University of Exeter.
“In fact, it is directly contradicted by more established and extensively evaluated climate models.”
Mark Maslin, a professor of climatology at University College London, also pointed to shortcomings in the model, known as ESCIMO, describing the study as a “thought experiment.”
“What the study does draw attention to is that reducing global carbon emissions to zero by 2050″—a goal championed by the UN and embraced by a growing number of countries—”is just the start of our actions to deal with climate change.”
Even the more sophisticated models used in the projections of the UN’s scientific advisory body, the IPCC, show that the Paris climate pact temperature goals cannot be reached unless massive amounts of CO2 are removed from the atmosphere.
One way to do that is planting billions of trees. Experimental technologies have shown that sucking CO2 out of the air can be done mechanically, but so far not at the scale required.
EMISSION REDUCTIONS AND SUSTAINABILITY ARE NOT ENOUGH TO ARREST CLIMATE CHANGE BEFORE THE MID-2030’S. ONLY THE NEGATIVE EMISSIONS TECHNOLOGIES ARE POWERFUL ENOUGH – BUT WE MUST MOVE SWIFTLY AND ON A MASSIVE SCALE
“The suffering we are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet another manifestation of Climate Change (acting through alterations in human-animal disease vectors). Climate scientists have awaited a “Climate Pearl Harbor” which will awaken the public and politicians to the urgency and magnitude of our global warming plight….and here it is! But will we awaken and have the wisdom to direct our frustration with this deadly virus into the correct action? The path forward is an extremely narrow one and rapidly closing. We must bypass the temptation to rest in futuristic hopes of mitigation, carbon reduction and sustainability and instead mobilize the Negative Emissions Technologies (NET) of Direct Atmospheric Removal of Excess-Carbon (DARE) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) to deal first with existing legacy emissions. Only then can we be sustainable. Starting in 2025 we must capture a net 10 GtC/yr (10 billion metric tons) average CO2 per year if we hope to skirt the twin points of no return in the mid-2030’s – 450 parts per million atmospheric carbon and 310 GtC of ocean-dissolved CO2. (Inarguable geologic records demonstrate the former will trigger the Earth to shift to a new normal inconsistent with human survival. The latter will cause phytoplankton to stop producing 80% of the world’s oxygen.) Existing legacy carbon is not going away because we stop adding more – not for up to thousands of years. It must by actively removed. What can you, or your organization do to restore your children’s future-now-forfeit – use any avenues open to you – including joining the Climate Deadline Alliance (and the “omnicide Complaint” now at the International Criminal Court) – to push awareness of the necessity for a cooperative global effort to remove carbon from the atmosphere so that those who have the visibility, connections, access and resources will take action toward a global DARE/SRM effort. As in World War II everyone must be part of this effort. Do not delay, we need all hands on deck and time is short.”
– Dr. Christian R. Komor
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- Dr. Christian R. Komor
SUSTAINABILITY WON'T SUSTAIN US! NOT YET!
SUSTAINABILITY WON'T SUSTAIN US! NOT YET!
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently validated the underlying basis for my campaign for Arizona Governor in 2018. Unless we reduce atmospheric carbon below 350 parts per million by the mid-2030s the Earth will shift to a “new normal” and climate disruption will transition from linear to a exponential and unstoppable condition referred to as Irreversible Exponentially Synergistic Anthropotoxic Environmental Cascade (IESAEC).
Already ocean currents are slowing, methane stores are being released from disappearing polar ice, disease vectors are altering, species die off is escalating, weather patterns are altering, novel carbon releasing soil microbes are emerging, and a breach is occurring between plants and pollinators. In the 1960s making a full transition to solar, wind and recycling would have been enough to avert the “tipping levels” we will reach in the mid-2030’s at 450ppm atmospheric carbon.
Sustainability may again be relevant several decades from now. In 2019, however, it is too late for sustainability to save us and too early for sustainability to sustain us. Our only option is to remove gigatons of carbon already in the atmosphere and do so in the next 15 years. After training with Al Gore, I was fortunate to work with a group of senior scientists developing a method using EHUX algae (which formed the White Cliffs of Dover) to remove carbon from the atmosphere and oceans. Emiliania huxleyi were designed by nature to remove carbon and can naturally achieve 350ppm safely and efficiently when assisted with liquid nitrogen from carbon capture at fossil fuel burning plants and human effort. Algae Assisted Carbon Capture & Reflection is the only existing method for bringing atmospheric carbon levels down to a safe level by the mid-2030’s.
WE'VE HAD OUR "CLIMATE PEARL HARBOR" - NOW IT'S TIME FOR ACTION
WE'VE HAD OUR "CLIMATE PEARL HARBOR" - NOW IT'S TIME FOR ACTION
As I finished my run for Arizona Governor in late 2018 on a climate change platform, once again major fires were threatening the nearby state of California. So far, the death toll as a result of a single fire in Northern California, the Camp Fire, now stands at 83, most of the victims burned alive – burned alive. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Department, 563 people remain unaccounted for. The Camp Fire has burned more than 153,000 acres and has destroyed more than 13,000 residences, as well as 514 commercial structures and more than 4,000 other buildings. Asking for help fire officials are stressing the connection between Climate Change and increasingly deadly and extensive fires. Over 137 deadly wildfires burned more than 1,830,00 acres in the Western United States during the 2017 fire season alone. Flooding along the Missouri river initiated preparations to shut down power plants, including the Cooper Nuclear Plant, forced 1,200 people to evacuate. A 30-knot wind storm, probably the first in Nepal, hit Bara and Parsa districts killing 28 and injuring over 500 people. Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, South Africa Tropical Cyclone Idai left entire cities demolished, close to 1,000 dead and more on the way from disease and starvation.
Farther north in neighboring Canada, early this week Valérie Théorêt and her 10-month-old daughter, Adele Roesholt, were found by her husband mauled to death by a grizzly bear – their bodies ripped apart. Wildlife experts report that bears are staying out later than usual because of warm winter conditions. Erratic climate disruption is driving the older bears to attack humans out of desperation due to hunger.
There are several important Constitutional lawsuits already in process asking the United States Government to reduce carbon emissions. These suits, even if successful, will not be sufficient to avoid the climate deadline we are facing in the mid-2030’s. In March 2019 my colleagues and I file The Climate Lawsuit - a federal suit asking the United States Government to beta-test, operationalize and manage the EHUX algae-based carbon removal program called Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture. This legal action will not be successful without a massive rise in public awareness of the immediacy and finality of the climate change danger we face - and the possibility that exists for rescuing our culture.
(1) It is important for all of us to understand climate change both on the intellectual and personal level. Intellectually the scope of climate change is massive and increasingly fills the news. It includes most elements of our planetary ecology, political and economic and agricultural forces, and many scientific disciplines. This we can read about. On a personal level we must look to our experiences – have you experienced increasingly intense or frequent fires, floods, storms, dust storms? Are you noticing less animals, birds and insects where you live? Have climate-related costs gone up – are you paying more for your water for instance? In Arizona where I live two summers ago planes were unable to take off from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport due to intense heat. Especially for children we must find ways to build awareness that climate change is not just a far-off mathematical problem, but something very real happening to us more and more intensely and frequently.
(2) It's very important to talk with people about climate change. We no longer need to be worried about being laughed at or dismissed. Be aware that people will be reacting to climate change in different ways. Some will be in shock or denial. Some will be angry perhaps at the government or large-scale carbon polluters.
(3) Try and have a positive attitude – yes really! What we want to focus on is not how large and how serious the situation is – although those things are certainly true. The crucial thing to focus on is the very, very short time span (10-20 years) we have to master the problem. It’s like being bitten by a rabid animal. It’s not really a big problem if you get it in gear and take action get to a doctor and get vaccinated. But if you sit around wasting time your minor inconvenience is going to turn into something deadly. So global warming is really a time problem and our focus needs to be on getting moving.
(4) As individuals we can’t do much with recycling and driving hybrid cars. Those things will be great for later after we have solved the current crisis but they are actually causing a lot of people to not get moving and do what we need to do now which is push hard and fast for government and industry to mobilize. Since there is already too much carbon (and other greenhouse gasses) in the atmosphere and put in motion Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture (or some even better plan if there is one). Think about the large and rapid mobilization as the United States finally woke up to the danger or World War II. This is the situation we find ourselves in.
(5) So the kids who are walking out of schools and protesting are the ones who are most on the mark today - not the folks making sure their local restaurant is using paper straws and not plastic or riding their bikes to work. We need people blogging and posting on the Internet and getting their club or church to demonstrate in front of city hall and writing their representatives and marching at the headquarters of those companies most responsible for carbon pollution.
And then there is our Climate Lawsuit asking the United States Government to start work on a program like Algae Assisted Carbon Capture & Reflection that will remove carbon from the atmosphere.
(6) Start putting The Climate Lawsuit out there in your social circles and on social media today!
(7) Federal lawsuits are hugely expensive and The Climate Lawsuit will be no exception! Give a talk on what you have learned and collect donations for our legal fund! There is a link for making donations at www.theclimatelawsuit.com
(8) Our mission is to spread the word and to do that we need contacts. If you have contacts, please pass them on. We need students, teachers, researchers, philanthropists, investors, entrepreneurs, business people, farmers,
policymakers, engaged citizens, media representatives, celebrities, fossil fuel companies. If you have a church or civic group get us invited to talk.
(9) We need all kinds of other donations for material resources – plane flights to meet with and convince key organizations to get involved; access to a SPAR oil rig platform to perform “proof of concept” tests; funds to purchase seed and nutrients; access to marketing/advertising services.
(10) If you hear a news report (e.g. on flooding somewhere) possibly linked to climate change do some research. If it sounds like there is a legitimate link call the upstream news source and ask them to include mention of The Climate Lawsuit as part of their report. Write a story or letter to the editor yourself! If you need more facts just contact us!
(11) Talk about it! Tell your friends and colleague what you have learned here. We DO NOT have time to be shy or hold back. Imagine your living in the time of WWII – you would talk about it!
(12) Ask a friend in the motion picture industry to start running “shorts” or ads before the main feature outlining The Climate Lawsuit (we can get you all the materials your need!)
13) Promote the book “ClimateDeadline2035” which supports The Climate Lawsuit. Write a review of the book online or in print.
(14) Lobby for funding for Algae Climate Repair. Your Congressperson will ask what that is. This is on opening for you to tell them. Don’t forget the State level where most of the positive action is happening now. Remember politicians like doubt because it can be used to hide behind and not take action. We are certain about the need for and effectiveness of Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture. Politicians want re-election. Make sure they know you won’t vote for them if they do not cooperate.
(15) Join organizations like: Climate Action Council, National Wildlife Foundation, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment America, Sierra Club and, or visit some organizations online. (If you are in one of these organizations press your leadership to make OACC&R a priority.
I ask you to picture this and tell me if you think it’s a crazy idea. We put a huge, and I mean 22,000 tons HUGE metal platform (let’s call it something cool and historic like a “SPAR”) way out in the Gulf of Mexico. Not in the shallow part either! We put it where the water is an average depth of say 8,000 feet! To make things more interesting let’s build the SPAR 8,200 miles away in Finland so we will have to drag it over to the Gulf of Mexico with a couple of giant barges. Then, once everything is hooked up, we make it suck 200 million cubic feet of gas and 100,000 barrels of flammable oil every single day 24/7 through a 27-mile network of pipelines on the ocean floor. Of course, that oil can explode and catch fire and devastate everything for 4 or 5 thousand square miles and 75% of that will be unrecoverable (trust me it’s happened before) so we will also put a couple of helipads on the thing so there will room for two Sikorsky S-92 escape helicopters that can carry 19 passengers each. Let’s see, with a workforce of 172 people the helicopters will have to make about ten 80 mile trips to get everyone safely to land if something goes wrong. So, what do you think is this an awesome idea or what? Let’s get started!
I’m not making fun of human ingenuity here. The point I am addressing is that somehow, for some strange reason (could there be a profit motive perhaps?) there is a myth floating around that repairing our damaged atmosphere through direct removal of carbon is not only an impossible idea, but a bad idea. So, my point is we need to have a little context when it comes to imagining atmospheric repair. Does anyone recall a discussion that went like, “Can we build and deploy giant and highly dangerous oil platforms?” Nope, there were profits to be made and corporations just did it. Now we are taking about the survival of humanity and the idea of using SPAR-type platforms to raise EHUX sea algae to remove carbon from the atmosphere sounds somehow like a crazy pipe-dream? How is that? Does that make any sense? No, of course it doesn’t. In fact, it sounds absolutely insane not to try – especially since we already have the technology and the down side is negligible. Carbon eating EHUX algae live a week tops. If something goes wrong, we just let the current crop die out and that’s the end of the project. No massive explosions, dead employees, or irreparable contamination of the ecosystem.
The truth is we have been “geoengineering” for the sake of greed alone for decades with no one questioning the wisdom of doing so – until we found out the result was going to be the extinction of our own species within this century. So the next time you even think about, or hear anyone even faintly whisper anything about active climate repair being unrealistic, or dangerous, or too expensive quash those delusions fast and hard. That’s all they are and very, very dangerous ones at that!
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