When people have lung surgery, say to remove tumors, the doctors will tell them that it is all the more important to quit smoking. Your kidding right? No, I remember one of my grandfather's friends, years ago, smoking through the hole left in his throat after a tracheotomy for throat cancer, a similar issue. People will continue to smoke in spite of everything. One of my father's friends was an ex-painter with emphysema, still smoking 'til the end, which came a lot sooner than it should have I imagine.
So what's my point? We, as an species have got to quit generating CO2. We're addicted to fossil fuel. Recent evidence shows that the Amazon forest is disappearing much faster than we expected, which was bad enough. Our lungs are going fast.
We really have to solve both problems, don't we? The temperature in a glass of ice water remains at 32 degrees F until the last ice cube melts. Then the temperature soars. Let me ask you this. What's going to happen to the planet when the last glacier melts?
If we are not going to do anything else, we need a crash program to support nuclear energy in the US, and to Hell with Three Mile Island.
10/22/2005 7:10 PM
Other posts on the environment:
8/15/05 Plug-In Hybrids
7/16/05 Another Hot Summer in France
7/6/05 Bush Says Humans Obviously Cause Warming
6/29/05 Slate on Gas
6/29/05 Complex Unknowns
6/27/05 Weak Hand
6/23/05 Bush War on CO2
5/9/05 Uncontrolled Nukes
4/27/05 Talkin' Nukes!
4/15/05 Nukes Ahoy!
4/11/05 Is the Peak a Cusp?
There has also been a lot of discussion on Free Frank Warner where I participated:
09/23/05 Hawaiian Hawk
06/22/05 Bush and Nukes
05/15/05 Enviros Want Nukes
04/29/05 China’s Double Standard
04/03/05 Should We Build Nukes?
02/20/05 Nukes and Global Warming Debate
02/14/05 Coal Casualties II
02/10/05 Carbon Tax and Nuclear Power
02/08/05 Nuclear Power vs. Global Warming
12/01/04 Coal Casualties