Monday :: Feb 21, 2011

President's Day - Who is your favorite

by Oly Mike

I will take FDR, thank you very much. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons And thank God for Eleanor. Was there ever a more effective First Lady?

The Future is Coming. Will be here soon. And we may not like it.

Discovery News says the world will be unrecognizable by 2050. A big part of this story is population growth and the particular demographics of that growth. More people, more affluence, more consumption. As people move up in income brackets, they eat more meat and the climate and natural resource impact of the move to meat as staple cannot be over-emphasized. Lots of us try to over-emphasize the impact, we fail.

from the Discovery News article: The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050, "with almost all of the growth occurring in poor countries, particularly Africa and South Asia," said John Bongaarts of the non-profit Population Council.

To feed all those mouths, "we will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we have in the last 8,000," said Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

"By 2050 we will not have a planet left that is recognizable" if current trends continue, Clay said.

Sounds like a glass half empty kind of guy, doesn't he? click to jump to Carbon Commentary storyAfter all, there is the potential impact of the abstinence programs of the GOP. Just say no. That's working for so many GOP households, why not the rest of us?

Ok, Part II, back to the future: Chris Goodall at Carbon Commentary has gathered some data and has some thoughts on commodities, biomass, and the future. I think Chris is suggesting that maybe turning foodstuffs into fuelstuffs is bad public policy.

I guess it's no secret that I am a big fan of solar technology. That is the future of our power generation systems. I guess you can also figure that those amber waves of grain that we love are also solar technology, but we don't have to turn these important foodstuff into fuel and burn it to grab solar energy, let's move to using solar technology in the pure photon stuff that keeps raining down on the planet day after day.

Happy President's Day to all. I am off to work for part of the day, then going to the Dennis Kucinich event in Olympia this afternoon. Why not that guy as President? I am for it. Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation says the subject is the true cost of war.

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