Excellent comments by Louis-Luc, but there is plenty of evidence on
the global warming problem now to show that waiting for the day we
burn up all the oil will doom us to ever increasingly hot and humid
temperatures, (as existed on the planet during the time the
permafrost region was formed). It could very well get much hotter
than that if we continue our present fossil fuel burning dependent
lifestyles in the U.S. and other developed and developing countries
of the world. Our planet could ultimately turn into a wasteland, with
no water and no plant and animal life possible, as scientists say
happened on Venus years ago, when Venus' atmosphere experienced a
runaway greenhouse effect, and its oceans of water simmered away.
No, this is not scare mongering, as many of the global warming
skeptics would argue passionate environmentalists like to do. The
potential for this scenario playing itself out on Venus's twin
planet, Earth, is very real.
This is not to say temperatures on Earth will reach levels near 900
degrees Fareighnheit as presently exist on Venus, the hottest planet
in the solar system. Earth's temperature presently averages about 50
degrees F. All it would take would be a doubling of so of that to
wipe out all life on the planet.
Scientific modeling of what our future climate will be like BY the
turn of the century if we continue to operate under the current
administration's "business as usual" approach to addressing
(ignoring) the issue of climate change is that summertime
temperature's in Wisconsin could be close to 20 degrees F. in summer,
with higher humidity levels as well. Such increases in temperature
levels in the already hot summer months will be dead for human and
other forms of animal and plant life, and will destroy much
infrastructure in cities and rural areas as well. Such is the legacy
we are going to be leaving to the children of today --many of whom
will still be alive by the turn of the century -- and of tomorrow, if
we continue to do business as usual, without taking appropriate major
and significant actions now to reduce fossil fuel burning.
The time to begin cutting back on oil burning in cars and other
motorized vehicles is now. There are basically only two ways of
doing that, both of which should be done now: (1) greatly improve
energy efficiency in motorized vehicles; (2) greatly reduce our use
of motorized vehicles, preferably to emergency uses only, if possible.
Here's a way that might be achieved:
Someone once said there is "no free lunch" when it comes to using and
polluting the environment. The time to conserve and preserve the
environment, by greatly reducing fossil fuel burning in vehicles,
homes and recreational use is now, before the pathetic condition of
being "too late" arrives.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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, "Louis-Luc" <exqmtl@a...>
> What I see and feel is America is "Auto-Destructing"
> If nothing is done, the society is to be destroyed by
> its automobiles sooner or later. I'm just awaiting the
> day where oil become rare and suburbs will die unless
> some rail transit will offer a link to town or at least
> some place where you can find services/goods.
> Houses more than 10-minutes away (by foot, confirming
> implicit mode of transit) from everywhere and big-box stores in a
> sea of cars will eventually become phantom places
> unless something is done NOW.
> Car culture is to pay for its nuisance sooner or later.
> Thinking about the stubbornness of some car dependant
> gov't, society, or individuals, I'm thinking it might
> be faster to let them burn oil as fast as they can, so
> we'll reach the end of the nightmare (for us carfree
> people) sooner, and by our non-dependancy on cars we
> should survive much better into the next generation, if not live
> life better, when oil is over and
> human-scaled development is forced back in as it should have always
> I don't know about future, so that's a guess for me,
> but each time I see one of those TV ads throwing speeding beasts on
> screen, I think it can't be that
> way for very long now.