It is time to stop quivering in our boots in pointless fear of the future and just roll up our sleeves and build it.
- Ray Pierrehumbert

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Energy Collective

For some bizarre reason or other, The Energy Collective has put my picture, instead of Peter Gleick's, at the top of the NAS letter. I think they should put Gleick's on. Hasnt he had articles on there?

In any case it's absurd for them to attribute it to me.

That said I have been handling a flame war there, and I feel happy with my contribution to it so far. Go have a look see.

2 comments:

manuel "moe" g said...

Quoting MT:

> That said I have been handling a flame war there, and I feel happy with my contribution to it so far.

http://theenergycollective.com/TheEnergyCollective/64970#5114

Your comment here, in particular, is very well constructed. I will try to copy its form when I make my little contributions to a future thread in risk of running off the rails.

So I am saving the link here! A much more pleasant place to browse.

Mal Adapted said...

Michael,

Your denier, Mr. Reid, gives away his true intent like so many of them do:

"I find it difficult to conceive that the globe's governments are contemplating requiring the investment of $ trillions and a complete revision of the global energy economy based on the information currently in hand and the models used to project potential changes over the next century."

It all comes down to costs for so many deniers. They've enjoyed the benefits of our fossil-fueled economy all their lives, not willing to acknowledge that so much of the cost has hitherto been held external to the price of luxury and leisure.

Now that the external costs are finally being counted, they resort to all the tactics of classic psychological denial: say it ain't so, slay the messenger, hope for a technical fix, anything to evade responsibility. All perfectly transparent, perfectly understandable, and perfectly pathetic.

I've seen Aldo Leopold quoted here: "One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds." The rest of that quote, from his "Essays from Round River", follows:

"Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.”

What is the doctor to do? Nothing but keep telling the patients the bad news, hoping that some of them, eventually, may decide to face the truth and do what's necessary.

Thanks for your truth, Michael.