Saturday, May 16, 2009

What's with Concern over ‘Green Energy Bubble’?

Some people are worrywarts. Take the concern over a so-called “green energy bubble” -- please. What’s next – “too much” swine flu vaccine?

Can we really have too much non-polluting energy? Is there a danger the United States – the biggest user of destructive fossil fuels on the planet – will over-commit to new technologies that don’t pollute and warm the atmosphere, melt Greenland, disappear the polar ice caps and raise sea levels?

From where we sit, concern over this alleged bubble is just more evidence of an anti-green agenda, and if this offends the bubble boys and girls, we can’t muster an apology.

Want something real to worry about? Spend time with the writing of Dr. James E. Hansen, including this page-turner – his article on “Scientific reticence and sea level rise.” His summary:

"I suggest that a 'scientific reticence' is inhibiting the communication of a threat of a potentially large sea level rise. Delay is dangerous because of system inertias that could create a situation with future sea level changes out of our control."

We’re just a tad sensitive about this particular topic, out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so don’t expect any hand-wringing about the “green energy bubble” in these quarters. We side with Dr. Hansen, who wants to pop the denial bubble about what’s in store for coastal and island societies in the decades ahead. It isn't good.

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