Saturday, October 22, 2005

Lung Operation

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

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At Monday, October 24, 2005 9:03:00 AM, Blogger mal said...

No argument from me on the need for nuclear energy. Sadly, after Chernobyl and 3 Mile Island, everyone is running in fear of it. It is doable. I think it is safely doable

We also suffer from a "not in my back yard" mentallity in this country. How do we get around it? I know it is one of the things that really annoys me about folks in Santa Barbara that show up to GOO meetings in SUV's

At Monday, October 24, 2005 3:58:00 PM, Blogger jj mollo said...

GOO Meetings?

Nimbys are particularly obnoxious in the bike trail arena. My area has a lot of under-utilized rail spurs that have been closing down for forty years. Bikers try to get them converted to trails, which improve the neighborhood, add to the real estate values, and actually get used for commuting in many cases.

Oftentimes, unfortunately, the nimbys stand in the way. I think they are afraid of drunken bicyclists stealing the wet laundry off their clotheslines.

Thanks for the link.

At Monday, October 24, 2005 5:07:00 PM, Blogger mal said...

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At Monday, October 24, 2005 5:08:00 PM, Blogger mal said...

GOO..Get Oil Out...a lobby formed in Santa Barbara after the 1960 Union Alpha blow out.

At Monday, October 24, 2005 5:09:00 PM, Blogger mal said...

oops...typo "1969" not 1960


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