Today we wake to find ourselves already at the threshold of an atmospheric point-of-no-return. Nervous scientists tell us that by the mid-2030's we will see the onset of "environmental feedback loops" or "tipping levels" - beyond which we will not have the ability to restore our damaged atmosphere. Already some of these feedback loops are in motion such as: previously reflective arctic ice that is melting leaving heat-trapping dark ocean water exposed and vast stores of methane released; atmospheric warming that is triggering the release of carbon from soil (where most carbon is stored); increasing ocean acidification which is leading to escalating marine die-off; increased water vapor (a strong greenhouse gas) causing temperatures to climb further; overheated ocean waters that are releasing stores of dissolved carbon into the atmosphere; plants which are becoming too saturated with carbon dioxide to perform life-sustaining photosynthesis; increasing wildfires and insect infestations that are releasing more stores of carbon to the atmosphere; and disruption of the ocean conveyor which moves heat around our planet. These are all late warning signs we are approaching a "climate deadline" (the early warnings signs were 40 years ago - remember the "Ozone Hole"?)
Polling data shows that before 2018 most Americans are unaware that the carbon already in our atmosphere will continue to cause global warming for hundreds to thousands of years. To argue about how excess carbon got up there is as distraction. The salient point is nature has no way of clearing up the mess fast enough to avoid hitting the "climate deadline" at 450 parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere in the 2030's. Transitioning to sustainable energy is important for the future, but will not help remove carbon already in the atmosphere. While it is, of course, essential that the United States shift to sustainable energy sources like solar and wind as rapidly as possible, simply reducing further emission of greenhouse gases will not remove the massive amounts of carbon already in the atmosphere. We must do this ourselves through active carbon removal. Establishing such a project is what The Climate Lawsuit is all about.
At over 420 ppm, and still rapidly climbing, our atmospheric system is beginning to falter. For the sake of our children and grandchildren, we must not all this to happen. Yes, there are other pressing issues - jobs, migration, crime, taxes, social justice and equality, education, campaign reform - but none of this will have lasting importance if we do not have a functioning atmosphere!
I have worked directly with the climate scientists assessing atmospheric disruption, projecting it's timeline and outcomes, and developing strategies for climate rescue. I ran for Governor in Arizona in 2018 in hopes of redirecting the states energy facilities toward climate repair leadership. This year I have brought together a team to initiate the first federal lawsuit demanding the US Government initiate a program for active atmospheric carbon removal. (The program we are recommending due to it's high degree of safety and efficacy is Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture & Reflection.) "The Climate Lawsuit" needs your voice and your support. Please donate, sign our guest-book and join us. Together we must and will prevail!
Dr. Christian R. Komor