Can you name a proposed solution for climate change that does not require making some new thing, or more of some thing?
Besides slowing down.
Is there one plan on the table that is not based on increases of manufactured technology?
Name it. Please.
2. We have this thing we do on the left where we state some idealized end goal as though it were a plan of action.
"It's time to get rid of the Electoral College."
OK. Name step 1. That will have a result.
This is a Constitutional amendment issue. By the numbers required for
3. Ratification of an amendment, you'd have to persuade about five or six states, at a minimum, to give up their outsize power in electing Presidents.
It's been tried, back in more reasonable times, and never flown.
4. I did a whole thread yesterday on this quote.
5. It's a classic example. "Make the current high energy economy grow without growing emissions."
Pixie dust. It's an insult. It's a wild-ass dream with no foundation in any known fact.
6. The reason this matters is, this certified expert's opinions go into national policy decisions, and mine don't.
This is a "divide by zero" error.
You can't average out raw fiction.
7. I got an answer, legitimately correct, by the way: switch to no-till agriculture. It does not require making new stuff, and it directly reduces the number of fossil powered trips across a field. Bingo.
Still room for improvement from there, but it's definitely right direction.
8. So now we've got two plans on the table not based on increased manufacturing.
One of them - mine, slowing down - is not really on the table. I keep throwing it out there, but it vanishes in flight.
Y'all, making stuff for climate change is fucking for virginity.
Here is a picture of the energy we use. We use this energy to make things and transport things. Right now in the real world.
The more stuff we make and the farther and faster we move it, the higher that peak goes.
10. Regardless of what that thing is. Regardless of predicted outcomes to the good someday of making that thing. The only way to reduce emissions today is to reduce energy throughput today. This is the simplest of facts. It cannot be discussed in the same conversation with
11. GDP growth without emissions increase. The two things are not equal, any more that the two sides regarding the 2020 elections are equal.
But in this case, the lying side gets into the Washington Post as respectable.
And the fact side is ignored. As if it did not exist.
12. To tell bald-faced physical lies is said to be "optimistic."
13. One of my favorites is "End Fossil Fuel use."
Y'all, we don't choose to use fossil fuels, we choose to do things. The only way humans have ever built so far to power those things is using fossil fuels.
I can't get people to slow down from 65 to 55 on average. I can't even
14. Get the idea into the public conversation. When I have asked other climate tweeters to directly support it, none have chosen to.
Every other plan on the table, whether it's electric cars or insulating houses, mass transit or renewable energy, starts with major manufacturing.
15. The climate we have today is caused by the energy appetite we have today.
There is no possibility that increasing our energy appetite will make it better. I don't care what you say will happen ten years from now.
We're already in serious trouble.
16. It drives me crazy to watch the conversation.
People make these blithe statements and...
Does anyone know what we do with fossil fuels?
We make our stuff, we transport it, we heat our houses and our skyscrapers, we make virtually every single thing that goes down any
20. Assembly line, through any store.
We mine every precious metal, every lump of lithium that goes in that asshole's electric cars, with fossil fuels, we ship it across the world. We use fossil energy to displace the rightful owners of land where we want stuff, lithium or rare
21. Earths or whatever. Oil, always and forever, and now jungle. We destroy all that with fossil fuels.
I live in a society where every day I see someone demand we cease the use of fossil fuels and from the same demographic cannot get a quorum for driving below the speed limit.
22. People I would prefer to think of as friends describe my position as "radical."
The "rational" plan is an open-ended global scale manufactured system built of steel, epoxies / plastics, concrete, glass fiber, silicon crystal, aluminum, and copper.
Extracted and processed
23. For the climate.
Built using currently available sources of energy.
The only sour note is that occasionally someone notices and writes articles, but the punch is always softened.…
24. In fact that's the article where I got this charming piece of magical thinking.
25. My donkeys are calling. It's suppertime. Later, y'all.

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