Climate Change, Part 2

About two weeks ago, I posted comments about climate change and the conference that was going on in Paris. The conference is now over and according to the Associated Press, 200 nations have agreed on a plan to “ween the earth off fossil fuels”. Obviously, the net effect is to reduce global warming. The article goes on to cite that we have to eliminate 7.04 tons or 15.5 trillion pounds of carbon dioxide in order to keep the surface temperature of the earth from rising. The goal is to keep the temperature from rising more than 1 degree C (1.8 F) .  Although there are plenty of skeptics that doubt the success of such a plan just as there were with the Kyoto Accord, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do what we can now to at least slow down the destructive effect of global warming.  We have the technology to implement solar and wind energy producing equipment.  We must make use of it!   But, as I stated in the previous post, all it takes is money.  Is there anyone out there willing to invest in solar cells or wind turbine-generators?

Climate Change and Renewable Energy

The conference on global climate change taking place in Paris is something that all people should be watching.  We are all aware of the drastic weather changes that have been occurring in recent years.  We are also aware of the fact that if we as a people don’t cut back on emissions of carbon dioxide, the climate change problems will only get worse.  So, where’s all the carbon dioxide coming from?  One of the industry’s responsible is the power industry.  Unless a plant is nuclear powered, it takes the combustion of a fossil fuel to make steam.  The steam is then used to turn a turbine which in turn drives a generator.  Technology currently exists where electricity can be produced directly or steam made and electricity produced indirectly.  Two of those technologies involve solar and wind energy.  Much has been written about solar and wind energy, particularly the cost.  The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) advocates that the use of both solar and wind energies and has created programs such as the “Green Power Providers” and the “Solar Solutions Initiative” to promote renewable energy solutions.  If we are going to do our part in saving our planet, what we need is more investment in renewable energy specifically solar and wind energy.



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