Transition to a clean energy economy is the subject of 350Missoula’s current campaign .The following articles, documents, and websites provide information that describe requisites driving this campaign.
Era of Megafires
Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres, and the destruction caused by them is a serious and growing issue to our region. Our communities, homes, businesses and our very way of life are threatened. If we are going to make effective progress towards increasing fire resiliency, we must increase awareness and stimulate conversation about this important issue across all levels of society. Through education, we firmly believe we can change the way we receive fire and smoke.
Recalculating the Climate Math
“… how much more new digging and drilling can we do?
Here’s the answer: zero.
…If we’re serious about preventing catastrophic warming, the new study shows, we can’t dig any new coal mines, drill any new fields, build any more pipelines. Not a single one. We’re done expanding the fossil fuel frontier. Our only hope is a swift, managed decline in the production of all carbon-based energy from the fields we’ve already put in production.”
Changing Climate Leaves People Homeless
“You’d find no scientist would disagree with the fact that a changing climate is and will continue to put people out of their homes,” said Greg Holland, a hurricane and climate expert at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Holland said that far and away the most obvious reason for this is rising seas swallowing coastal zones, as in the case of Shishmaref. “As far as sea level rise is concerned, there’s zero doubt about it,” he said.
A World at War
‘In the North this summer, a devastating offensive is underway. Enemy forces have seized huge swaths of territory; with each passing week, another 22,000 square miles of Arctic ice disappears. Experts dispatched to the battlefield in July saw little cause for hope, especially since this siege is one of the oldest fronts in the war. “In 30 years, the area has shrunk approximately by half,” said a scientist who examined the onslaught. “There doesn’t seem anything able to stop this.”’
Clean Energy Won’t Save Us⮷
(theguardian.com July 15, 2016)
“When it comes to climate change, the problem is not just the type of energy we are using, it’s what we’re doing with it. What would we do with 100% clean energy? …
“The climate movement made an enormous mistake. We focused all our attention on fossil fuels, when we should have been pointing to something much deeper: the basic logic of our economic operating system. After all, we’re only using fossil fuels in the first place to fuel the broader imperative of GDP growth.”
How Utilities are Fighting Back⮷
(Consumer Reports August, 2016)
“With Americans starting to see savings from solar, many traditional electricity suppliers are working to retain their profit margins.”
Strengthening the Climate Movement⮷
(interfacejournal.net May, 2016)
“Keeping fossil fuels in the ground and accelerating a just transition to a sustainable energy system remain essential in addressing the climate challenge. Despite the common aspirational goals agreed upon by nearly 200 countries at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, it is clear that climate activism still needs to be strengthened.”
Is Natural Gas Really a Bridge?⮷
Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry
“Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.”
“There is no longer an excuse for building new infrastructure projects that lock us into increased extraction decades into the future. The new iron law of energy development must be: if you wouldn’t want it in your backyard, then it doesn’t belong in anyone’s backyard. That applies equally to oil and gas pipelines; fracking in New Brunswick, Quebec and British Columbia; increased tanker traffic off our coasts; and to Canadian-owned mining projects the world over.
(orionmagazine.org 2009) (YouTube 8/25/2015)
(hm-treasury.gov.uk October, 2006)
(Dr. Albert Bartlett, Univ of CO, 2002)