Global Warming

How we need to control temperature and Money

 

  

 

We know more about stars than we know about the bottom of the oceans. The 
light from the stars are carefully analysed and reveal the atomic reactions taking place. Such studies show that a star has a life, it is born in a dust cloud, and ends when the fuel gives out. The heavier stars collapse with a big explosion causing the higher elements to form.

There are said to be 3 generations of stars, the first stars were made from the simplest elements which only produced a small amount of higher elements when they collapsed. It is believed that it took 3 generations of stars to produce enough higher elements to make possible the formation of life from the smallest microbe to mankind.

Had the stars not been able to produce the higher elements we would not be here.

The earth was formed some 4.5 million years ago. It was hot due to its internal heat, the sun at that time only produced about 75% of the heat it does now. There was little free oxygen but plenty of CO2 and methane from volcanoes etc. Recent research at the University of Western Australia has confirmed the view that cyanobacteria across the world first had to oxidize the banded iron formations (turning Australia's land red) before they could fill the atmosphere with 21% oxygen.

Had the bacteria not provided the oxygen we would not be here.

Evolution continued but there were 5 extermination events when the CO2 was very high, it took many thousand years before this content was reduced to normal levels and evolution could continue on a different course. During the last 11,000 years the climate was good, we had come out of the ice age and the medieval warming and the little ice age were only minor problems.
During the last 150 years the world has been industrialized, we have burnt coal and oil to warm our homes, to transport us everywhere and run industries. The CO2 level, which had not risen above 280 parts per million during the past 600,000 years, has now reached 395 ppm and rising. Warnings have been issued by most scientists and research labs- "we must reduce the burning of fossil fuels"
The fires, the floods, the droughts and the dead fish washed up at Moana to Maslin beach and other places across the world due to a temperature increase - are all warnings.

But we continue to burn more coal and oil and have made negligible headway in convincing the world that we must promote solar energy and reduce fossil fuels to the bare minimum.
A Guardian report 27/3/03) shows that recent rises in world temperature were correctly predicted by scientists 15 years ago.

If we fail then I look at my grandchildren and realise that their children's children will never be here.

Is it so very difficult?   Well of course it is. There is a paper which tells us that to stop the temperature rising we must keep 4/5ths of the coal, oil and gas below the ground.  The owners and suppliers of fossil fuels will think of the value of their product in terms of cash and will feel robbed and insulted. But they know the science better than most of us and must be pushed into accepting the need to convert to solar energy.

So what needs to be done?
1 Every industry, business, and home must prepare a plan to convert all their processes to solar working.
2 Because these plans will require a lot of new metal work then all metal smelters must be converted to solar working. Solar metal smelters have been built in France.
3 Large scale concentrating solar electrical generators must be built. This could be a field of mirrors on top of the coal yards of existing steam plants focussed on a receptor tower to supply steam, or it could be a dedicated new plant situated where the sun is stronger. It is a disgrace that no such plant exists in Australia when we have as much sun as California and Spain.
4 All new cars must be built to run on batteries. Existing cars and vans could have their engines removed and an electric motor fitted, and batteries could be fitted in a trailer.
5 Petrol stations to be converted to charging stations. (Note- Not all cars need to be charged at home. Cars should be designed with a slide in/ slide out tray so your discharged battery could be exchanged for a recharged battery in seconds, enabling you to continue your journey across Australia. The battery could be owned by the charging station which would halve the cost of a new car.)
6 Cement manufactures should convert to making green cement as is made in Victoria.
7 Coal exports to be controlled by a reducing cap.
8 Solar plant to be exported around the world and the UN should be asked to encourage all countries to adopt similar policies.
9 Trade with nations that are not adopting these principals should be taxed and subsidies given to trade with nations that are actually cutting emissions.
10 Retrain Miners as Solar technicians.

11 More research for batteries and collectors.

It will be complained that there is insufficient money available to achieve this. Yes of course, the monetary system is inadequate to provide for current development right now.
Look at the unemployment in the USA 9.6% and Britain 7.8%, France 9.3%, Spain 20.1%, Italy 8.4%, Greece 12.5%, Cyprus 6.2%, with youth unemployment up to 50% in Spain. (Figures from World Bank web page at Dec 2012)
While the banks are trying to save their currencies, if they continue their present policies of cutting expenditure then the system will collapse taking Australian Banks with them.

It should be noted that Britain's conservative government has passed a bill permitting the Bank of England to print money for development purposes. We do not know how this power will be used but it is clear that that they do not trust the economist’s solution involving cuts to welfare and other expenditure leaving less money for development. This important reform could make many things possible. We should be demanding from our newspapers that they should discuss financial reform including the “American Monetary Act” by Zarlenga and the “Manning Plan for Permanent Debt Reduction in the National Economy” by Lowell Manning, New Zealand. (Google will find these papers for you)

It will also be claimed that printing money is inevitably inflationary – not true as the history of the little channel island of Guernsey will show.
In 1816 Guernsey was broke. They printed a modest amount of money and built roads, sea defences, a school and a market and did this intermittently for over 100 years without inflation, very low unemployment and a higher degree of prosperity than many other places.   No interest was charged, normal taxes were paid, particularly the tax on imported liquor which cleared the debts owed to the banks.  The note issue was redeemed but a new one was issued and this process was continued for over 100 years even to the present day without inflation.
(Google “the Guernsey experiment” for the full story but don’t be deceived by the articles written by the bankers.)

You may well ask why other countries haven’t adopted these methods. The answer is that many are not in control of their currency, and those that have received loans from the World Bank and the IMF are tied up with clauses preventing them from acting. Some rulers and governments are just too friendly to the banks.
A few countries have refused international loans and regulations. Iceland from the 2008 crash, is recovering slowly, and Malaysia some years earlier is now quite prosperous.

It should be realised that infrastructure and public assets, are not expected to raise profits and neither should expenditure necessary to convert to solar working. Hence the system we use to create money should not carry either interest or debt.

It is sadly apparent that our leaders are making insufficient moves to remedy our situation. It is therefore essential for ordinary people like you to copy and distribute this leaflet, send to your industry leaders, politicians, bankers, preachers and friends.

Failure will mean that your children's grand children may never exist, and those special well educated children will never get the chance to solve the world’s problems.

Dick Clifford
        March 2013
Former President Humanist Society of South Australia

rmc@adelaide.on.net

 

 

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