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Letter: Climate impact

November 9, 2012

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To the editor:

Kansas’ continued severe drought and 27 days of temperatures of 100 or higher degrees this summer could be a taste of what is coming. Climate change models forecast prolonged droughts and higher nighttime temperatures in western Kansas. Average temperatures are projected to increase statewide by 3 degrees in summer and 4 degrees in fall and winter. Extreme weather — droughts, super-storms, wild swings in temperatures — will become more common.

That is why it is critical to reduce carbon dioxide emissions now. The Save our Climate Act (H.R. 3242) would efficiently place a fee on carbon-based fuels starting at $10/ton of CO2 and increasing annually by an additional $10/ton. This would move investment toward clean energy and energy efficiency and reduce U.S. emissions by an estimated 25 percent by 2020. By returning 80 percent of revenues to consumers, households would be shielded from the economic impact of rising energy costs.

The City Commission can join 40 cities such as Kansas City, Mo., in passing the Clean Air Cities model ordinance, which urges the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Air Act to reduce atmospheric carbon to 350 parts per million — the level needed to avoid catastrophic climate change. Finally, the commission can also adopt a climate change action plan to reduce carbon emissions in the city by 25 percent. There is still a chance to reduce the impact of global warming if we act now.

Comments

Ken Lassman 1 year, 5 months ago

oletimer: "If all your (and his) big ideas on alternative energy are so good, why aren't they being used and expanded? Tell you why. Because none of them work good enough. If they did you can bet there would be investors out there jumping on the bandwagon."

Well, oletimer, here's just a small sampling of the reality: folks are expanding their use and more and more investing are jumping on the bandwagon:

https://www.llnl.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/Oct/NR-12-10-08.html

http://thesolarfoundation.org/sites/thesolarfoundation.org/files/2012%20Census%20Press%20Release%20FINAL.pdf

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Sunnovations-Solar-Hot-Water-is-Where-the-Money-Is-/

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oletimer 1 year, 5 months ago

Oh boy. obama has not even started his next term, and all the greenies come out. If all your (and his) big ideas on alternative energy are so good, why aren't they being used and expanded? Tell you why. Because none of them work good enough. If they did you can bet there would be investors out there jumping on the bandwagon. But they don't. And what is out there requires federal money to bail them out. I would be happier than anyone else if there were a suitable replacement for coal. Bottom line. There isn't. As for that bill you are claiming as a fix all, how much money have the feds collected, and really used for it's purpose? Paying more for my energy use so you can feel better is not an option.

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gr 1 year, 5 months ago

"Cracks at South Korean nuclear plant raise fresh safety concerns

That deprives the national power grid of another source after operations were halted this month at two other reactors at the same complex to replace thousands of parts that were supplied with forged quality certificates.

Authorities warned at the time that halting those two reactors, Units 5 and 6, may result in "an unprecedented level" of strain on the nation's power supply. They account for about 5% of South Korea's total supply, according to the government. ... The cracks themselves are not a serious issue and have been found at reactors in such other countries as the United States and Japan, said Jae Moo-sung, a professor in the nuclear engineering department of Hanyang University." http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/09/world/asia/south-korea-nuclear-reactor/index.html

"Asia's fourth-largest economy generates 30 percent of its electricity from 23 nuclear reactors at state-owned plants, and the government has warned of the potential for unprecedented power shortages due to the shutdowns as demand peaks in winter." http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/09/us-korea-nuclear-idUSBRE8A80D420121109

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Liberty_One 1 year, 5 months ago

It's funny people still believe these myths.

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somedude20 1 year, 5 months ago

No worries...just pray to god and have it fix the problem

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Les Blevins 1 year, 5 months ago

We need to replace the fossil fuel power plants over time.

Reason, they are the primary source of GHG.

Ethanol raises food prices and starves people : not a viable option.

Fracking releases methane into ground water: not a viable option.

Large scale solar is intermitent + too expensive for primary power supply : not a viable option

Large scale wind is Intermittent + the resource is far from the demand: not a viable option

Distributed energy from dispatchable low-vaule and low-carbon resources is cost effective: thus is the best solution

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gr 1 year, 5 months ago

Yes, there does seem like a distraction in the news attempting to focus on the trivial or non-existence. We have sports, and traffic, and changing to mercury lightbulbs, patting ourselves on the back all the while Fukushima reactors are continuing to spew radiation into the environment, "Thyroid abnormalities found in Fukushima kids declared ‘ok’ by gov’t — Officials ordered doctors to stop examining patients", Louisiana is about to blow from the methane coming from a mile deep sinkhole most likely caused by Texas Brine, "Methane “much closer” to community than previously detected near giant sinkhole — Pressure now just below surface — Officials want to test every structure built on ground" http://enenews.com/

Now folks, just make sure you change your lightbulbs to the mercury kind and pat yourself on the back that you are helping remove mercury from the environment (and into your homes) and everything will be ok. Don't worry about the mutant butterflies and the deformed vegetables in Japan, the beef being imported from Japan, or that they have no idea where the core of the radioactive fuel is, how to contain it, or what to do about cleaning it up. Burning the contaminated materials is one thing they are doing. Pass more taxes to reduce our economy even more and then so what if Louisiana blows up or becomes one giant sinkhole with its stored radiation dump leaking to the surface.

Yep. Something is being distracted.

Just might not be what you think.

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gr 1 year, 5 months ago

"Climate change models forecast prolonged droughts and higher nighttime temperatures in western Kansas. Average temperatures are projected to increase statewide by 3 degrees in summer and 4 degrees in fall and winter. Extreme weather — droughts, super-storms, wild swings in temperatures — will become more common."

So Clark, that is predicted. The future will determine whether that's true. What would it take happen in the future for you to believe it's not true? Anything? Or would you spin it some other way?

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Les Blevins 1 year, 5 months ago

Over $50 Billion gone with the Superstorm's wind and water; and the front page of today's newspaper clearly shows how the media is keeping the minds of youth focused on sports rivalries between schools so much that it creates traffic jams, and of course that plays right into the greedy hands of the fossil fuel companies that fund Gov. Brownback’s plots against the people of Kansas. If China's leaders want to keep the minds of the Chinese people off of the growing problems inside China they could learn a thing or two by watching what's going on here in the great state of Kansas. Perhaps Brownback could set up a school for Chinese leaders to learn how to control the minds of their subjects.

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Les Blevins 1 year, 5 months ago

Excellent reminder Clark. Humanity needs to reduce its heavy dependence on fossil fuels to drive economies around the world and rely more heavily on renewable energy. I'm offering a "key" technology for doing just that in that if it were deployed widely it could not only provide heat, power and biofuels it could also double the amount of installed wind and solar power because it can back up wind and solar when the wind and sun are unavailable. The trouble is our political leaders in Kansas have no vision and are unable to get their heads around such things and the owners of the Journal World are only willing to inform the people about how wrong the Democratic party is on the issues not how to get us headed down the right path. I have a position paper on what to do "After the Superstorm" I'll send by email to anyone who requests it by email to LBlevins@sunflower.com.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

Excellent letter. The powers that be in Lawrence will never actively participate. But give it a shot.

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