TED Talk – The Case for Optimism on Climate Change (TED 2016)

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Worth watching: Al Gore: The Case for Optimism on Climate Change (TED 2016)

My comments:

Al’s got nice energy levels and optimism (pun intended), but he failed to prove his case with a lot of distracting rhetoric. Still the politician I see.

Force of will is all well and good, but it’s got to be greater then the cause and effect, which absolutely MUST be addressed.

First off, wind is not a store of energy (and neither are lithium batteries). Secondly, “More business opportunity” will lead to more energy consumption (fueling civilization’s heat engine, growth, etc.).

A lot of his talk doesn’t address critical issues that will have a tremendous impact upon any concepts of “success”, such as – population, energy consumption, resource depletion, agriculture, ocean CO₂ saturation, melting ice, permafrost, the ‘methane’ problem developing globally, atmospheric carbon, ocean circulation and the highly disrupted jet stream, what china is REALLY doing (already violating COP 21 agreement), etc.

No doubt that changes are taking place… but it’s really a rearrangement of the deck chairs until root causes are finally admitted to and addressed.

Example: solar panels does not change much of anything. Until humanity changes its energy demands, population levels, attitudes, sources of carbon (what do you think is going to mine, build and transport these alternative energy sources?), carbon amounts already released, agriculture practices, and so many other critical points that directly tie into our survival as a species, then no amount of ‘rearrangement’ of our demands will work as expected – but it WILL waste a great deal of time, energy, resources and money, none which we have an abundance of.

Kudos for the optimism, but it’s not enough.

For whatever reason (I know the reason, but it’s too unpopular to post), we keep pretending we can techno-fix our way out of this predicament. But we’re repeating the same mistakes of the past, including in our thinking and even in our discussions. We cannot bring ourselves to admit to extremely critical points that must be addressed in order for anything to actually work very long.

For this reason, these present efforts (at best) will simply buy humanity a tiny slice of time. At worst, they will do nothing at all except permit some to reap more profits while wasting what time, energy and resources we still have left to actually try and do something that really counts. And this isn’t it.


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5 thoughts on “TED Talk – The Case for Optimism on Climate Change (TED 2016)

  • March 2, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I lost all respect for Gore when he acquiesced to the far right lackeys of the Supreme Whackos in 2000. Therefore, he is directly responsible (in part) for opening the way for the crime(s) of 9/11 and for the ensuing permanent sand-nigga war(s) of the Middle East. His opinion of any matter can’t possibly influence my pwn. Fuck that mealy-mouthed slimy-rich white-boy loser scum.

    • March 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      His influence (message) is what matters, since by definition we can easily find fault in all the ‘leaders’ that gain the limelight (including people like Bill McKibben). It is what they’re teaching / propagating / proselytizing that ‘matters’.

      Re: (s)Election 2000 – Gore was probably threatened to within an inch of his life to acquiesce to the demands of the Supremes (or something like that). I’ve no doubt we’d be in a different place without those hellish Bush years.

  • March 3, 2016 at 5:05 am

    “Knowledge alone will not move nations: astonishing and unforeseen events will be required for humanities education.” Garrett Hardin

  • March 3, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Integrity requires me to ‘take a bullet’ (or whatever) to uphold the principles and ‘creatures’ I hold ‘sacred’ (true). I’m reasonably certain that you would/will too. OTOH, Gore sold his ‘soul’ …likely well before, during and subsequent to the 2000 (s)election debacle. I would not want to try to ‘live with myself’ after having ‘sold out’ for personal gain or political ‘expediency’. Obviously, most would … err, have. It’s ‘me and mine now and forever. and Fuck every one and everything else later, and forever. That’s the simian way. ntm disgusting. Not not not sapient. Homo moronicus rex !

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