Thursday, June 26, 2014

Some of the For-Real Costs of Global Warming

Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming from the New York Times
"More than a million homes and businesses along the nation’s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts northward in a warming world. Heat and humidity will probably grow so intense that spending time outside will become physically dangerous, throwing industries like construction and tourism into turmoil. That is a picture of what may happen to the United States economy in a world of unchecked global warming, according to a major new report released Tuesday by a coalition of senior political and economic figures from the left, right and center, including three Treasury secretaries stretching back to the Nixon administration."
Ah, a quick glance shows that they're all communists.  Global warming, after all, is just another reason these folks have found to raise taxes and ruin good-paying mining jobs. -- Nuggetsman

Global heating will be the context that orders virtually all economic activity. Consider the resources and manpower needed to deal with the gradual flooding of coastal cities alone, (basically 90% of the world’s major metropolises).  Add to this the prospect of the continuous relocation and replacement of building and infrastructure, the cost of complete unpredictability in agricultural systems, and the price of historically unprecedented population dislocations, and you begin to appreciate the astronomical scale of the problem. Ironically, all the solutions we can currently envision require the generation of massive amounts of energy based on what else, fossil fuels.
 It is humanities complete and total lack of knowledge about energy, and how it is produced and consumed, that is the very essence of this looming catastrophe. One square meter of sunlight now, can never replace the oil and coal created by hundreds of millions of years of the same meter of sunlight. As a physicist friend of mine pointed out, “If you want to know how much energy a gallon of gasoline contains, just push your car to the supermarket and back home again”. Carbon based consumption is the very heart of our civilization.
 posted by:  hopeandespair

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