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UNIFYING PLAN FOR MITIGATING GLOBAL WARMING By Michael T. Neuman ——————————————————————————————-A Unifying Plan for Mitigating Global Warming, Moderating Climate Change, Conserving Energy, Minimizing Species Extinctions, and Slowing Sea Level Rise: Use the Green New Deal’s Carbon Tax to FINANCIALLY REWARD Individuals, Families and Businesses Who Contribute THE LEAST TO GLOBAL WARMING by DRIVING FEWER THAN 12,500 VEHICLE MILES TRAVELLED (VMT) PER HOUSEHOLD, ANNUALLY, WHO DO NOT FLY ANYWHERE DURING THE YEAR (FLYING IS A HUGE CONTRIBUTOR TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS), AND WHO USE LESS THAN THE AVERAGE QUANTITY OF FOSSIL FUEL DERIVED ENERGY IN THEIR HOUSEHOLD. THOSE SUCCESSFUL AT ALL THREE CARBON REDUCTION ACTIONS WOULD QUALIFY FOR A $6,000 ANNUAL REBATE TO USE FOR ANY NEEDS THEY MIGHT HAVE.
Name of Photo: “OUR BALL OF LIFE”Background on Development of this Proposal: Based on comments received on the Conserve, NOW Plan, which I authored as one of my duties while employed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 1974 – 2006 to coordinate the review of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Long range plan for expansion and improvement of Wisconsin’s highway system, and the comments I received from a member of theMadison Citizens Climate Lobby, I have decided to simplify the process . who can demonstrate that they drove fewer (or no) miles with their own Peterson all motor vehicle over a year than 8,000 miles, as registered on their vehicles odometer over the year of enrollment.
Presently, Wisconsin drivers record an average of 12,000 miles annually on motor vehicles they personally drive annually. The State of Wisconsin could offer financial incentives to Wisconsin residents to apply for and receive annual financial rewards $2,000 designed to reduce overall driving miles in the State of Wisconsin by Wisconsin residents.
The same could be offered to Wisconsin residents who choose NOT to fly anywhere in the world in a given year, with an equal amount of $2,000 per person. Finally, the household uses less fossil fuel derived energy (via coal, oil or methane burning), they would be entitled to $2,000 more in annual income supplements.
It’s as simple as that. There are laws in place that prohibit odometer reading tampering, and FAA records who flys out of each airport. The state’s utilities record annual energy usage by each household the supply with electricity and gas.
This program would ultimately save the state billions of dollar of environmentally destructive road and airport expansion, in addition to mitigating climate change costs and helping middle and lower annual income earners with sorely needed additional income. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “the time is ripe to be right”.
Another Sad Day for Life on Earth as Apathetic American Politicians and Brainwashed American Public Leads the Way for Earth to Continues It’s Path Toward Oblivion
As a young boy growing up in the 1950’s and 1960’s in Appleton,Wisconsin, the first really big political and world news that I read that exposed me to the precariousness of our existence in the world was the gunning down of our president, John F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1962.
Inaugurated as president on January 20, 1960, After he was sworn into office by Chief Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, I watched and listened attentively to President Kennedy articulate a positive future for the world, starting with our own country, bu not forgetting the rest of our Western Hemisphere, nor the remainder of the world’s countries, many whom are continuing today to be economically struggling, several on the verge of massive starvation, famine, deadly heat waves, extreme weather patterns, and submergence by rising ocean waters and relentless rainfall and all- consuming fires causing unimaginable losses and extinction of species.
To make matters worse, we have a president who cares only in “Making America First”, and who doesn’t appear to recognize previous treaties signed by preceding U.S. presidents, in such vital topics as greenhouse gas and particulate emissions and nuclear weapons proliferation in the world, increasing the possibility of nuclear war that could end all life son earth.
To Be Continued …
We now know it to be true that our plant has warmed, primarily as a result of our burning fossil fuel and paving over the landscape, thereby adding to the existing volume and concentration of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Those gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, capture a significant amount or heat that radiates from Earth’s surface after the Sun’s rays strikes the surface. But those same gases are emitted from jets, cars, trucks, trains, ships, construction vehicles, military land, water and air travel vehicles, electric power generating plants, and by many other fossil fuel burning sources from human generated greenhouse gas sources.
Our paving over of billions of acres of CO2 consuming Earth’s plant life with Portland cement, asphalt and overlaying structures on our the earth’s have replaced the green life that once absorbed carbon dioxide from Eaerth’s atmosphere, resulting in more oof that gas. Being left in the atmosphere for warming the planet. As a result, the surface air and waters have warmed close to 2 degrees above what they otherwise would have been had humans not been around.
So we humans have permanently altered and warmed the surface of the planet. This iOS now plainly visible by not just the rise in sea water and shrinking ice cover at the poles and mountain tops around the surface of the earth, but also the increase in severity of damaging, injury and death causing weather related physical disasters BY FIRE, FLOODS, HEAT AND DRYNESS AND SEVERE STORMS AROUND THE WORLD, A which has already caused a STATE OF CRISIS FOR MANY POPULATION. Sadly, these types of disasters to our human animal populations are growing worse and worse. For each and every day people on earth continue about their usual business using fossil fuels to obtain energy (by burning them – natural gas, oil and coal), paving over the carbon dioxide consuming green space on the planet, the possibilities for heading off an impending worldwide calamity by the end of this century grow slimmer and slimmer.
We now know it’s true the ability of our Earth’s oceans and atmosphere to safely absorb our continuing additions of the above greenhouse gases HAS MAXED OUT. To See more detail, please read or listen to: “Ocean Shock: The Climate Crisis Beneath the Waves” – With Maurice Tamman, journalist contributor to Reuters news agency, interviewed on WORT-FM’s A Public Affair, November 26, 2018.
WORT-FM radio in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S., broadcasted a show interviewing the author of this artical last week. The show was on the program called “A Public Affair” at noon on November 26, 2018. WORTFM RADIO freely available for anyone to hear – 24 hours a day – on the internet at WORTFM.ORG.
From this day forward I pledge to do everything possible that is in my means to elliminate hunger and poverty in this city (the City of Madison) in Wisconsin, the United States, and especially the continents of Africa, South and Central America, and numerous Island counties faced with rising sea level caused mostly by too much fossil fuel burning in the developed countries; in my opinion, this makes it morally imperative for all people living the American dream of “the haves”, to help out those living in this and other countries who are “the have not”, and who therefore must live their lives in poverty — before time runs out on humanity on this planet, likely to occur before the end of this century.
let’s face it, there has already been way too much suffering, by far too many, to say nothing about the billions of children who, for the most part unknowingly face an uncertain and perhaps miserable life due to the certain to but overwhelmingly negative consequences of human-caused climate change. All animals of every species on this planet are similarly in peril.
There so little time remaining, please join me in making this pledge, to begin as soon as possible following this important day in the history of life on Earth, the only known planet in the Universe that contains an environment capable of supporting life as we know it.
The United Nations’ climate panel warns in a new report that humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate climate change or face global catastrophe—with severe droughts, floods, sea level rise and extreme heat set to cause mass displacement and poverty. This is not in any way a so-called a “doom and gloom” prediction; but rather, it is a very real prognosis based on the best scientific modeling by the best scientists living on the face of the earth today. The validity of those models has been shown time and time again by the extreme weather disasters that have been borne out over the first 18 years of this century. To deny this reality and the seriousness of continuing with the status quo “business as usual” way of living so many countries are aspiring in light of this forecast is tantamount to digging our own graves and the graves of billions of today’s children and and future humanity. It’s unconscionable. As we continue to burn fossil fuel which were produced over millions and billions of years, the residuals, including greenhouse gases, soot and other products of petroleum products seem to vanish, and we are consuming in the U.S., record amounts of “stuff” and go on endless exotic trips Henry David Thoreau would have scorned them for doing that.
A small portion of the world’s population continues, in the last two centuries, to almost double the heat barrier surrounding Earth, called its “atmosphere”, enslaving all succeeding generations to an environmental unlike its former brilliant self. While most the pre-industrial revolution atmosphere always had sufficient volumes of heat-trapping gas to keep the average temperature above 0 degrees C., too much of will make the average temperature too high, much higher than can be used for sustainable living.
Earth could very well end up like all the other known planets in the universe – devoid of all forms of life. And we here living in the 21st century have no choice but to accept the entirety of the blame. We must no longer plead ignorance or pretend someone other than ourselves is to blame. The fault lies squarely one we humans who are living today, and of course the way we live.
The landmark report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns “dramatic action” over the next 12 years – beginning immediately = is absolutely imperative for earth’s temperatures at the surface to remain sufficiently moderate and to avoid the possibility of “catastrophic” consequences to human life within just 12 years! The IPCC report concludes that global average temperature (throughout the year) must not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), above and beyond which global catastrophe could unfold, “at an extremely rapid pace, and that ignoring this finding could prove suicidal for most forms or life on the planet.
Every time more carbon dioxide is released back into the earth’s atmosphere – whether it be from burning gasoline in automobiles, from jet fuel combustion in jet airplanes, coal or natural gas burning in power plants, or to use in heating homes, businesses, factories and institutions; or in diesel powered transportation or construction machinery, the earth’s atmosphere captures the radiant heat coming of the surface after the Sun’s rays strike the surface, The carbon dioxide and other “released” greenhouse gases remain in the atmosphere for decades, centuries or even millennium, strengthening the earth’s atmosphere and keeping what would have otherwise been released to outer space.