Heating up, Sea Level Rising, and Hope
by Daniel Ferra
(Palm Springs, California)
According to Bill McKibben, the ideal parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere would be 350ppm, that was in 1975.
Now, we are at 404 ppm and rising, we have an atmospheric budget of 556 billion toxic tons of carbon dioxide left to emit, and then we would increase temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius, this was in 2012.
That leaves us with 406 billion more toxic tons of carbon dioxide to burn, which would bring us to 2019-2020. What will the temperature be then?
Too Much Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere
In the 1850s, parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 260-280.
Right now, we have 404 parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, the Arctic is 75% gone and Melting, Greenland and Antarctica are calving. The North West Pacific Ocean is 5-8 degrees warmer than normal.
Whales, dolphins, sea lions, starfish, die off along the western coast of the Pacific Ocean over the past year.
Ice sheets contain enormous quantities of frozen water. If the Greenland Ice Sheet melted, scientists estimate that sea level would rise about 6 meters (20 feet). If the Antarctic Ice Sheet melted, sea level would rise by about 60 meters (200 feet).
- National Snow and Ice Data Center
We emitted 40-50 billion toxic tons of greenhouse gases globally; in the United States we emitted 6.8 billion toxic tons, and are leading the charge to frack the globe.
California emitted 459 toxic tons of carbon dioxide in 2014, Governor Browns call to reduce this to 1990 levels so we can continue to emit over 400 million toxic tons a year, will not help us stop or slow down global warming and sea levels rising.
Updates to the 2020 Limit
Calculation of the original 1990 limit approved in 2007 was revised using the scientifically updated IPCC 2007 fourth assessment report (AR4) global warming potentials, to 431 MMTCO2e. Thus the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions limit established in response to AB 32 is now slightly higher than the 427 MMTCO2e in the initial Scoping Plan.
- Ca. Gov. Data
We Need 100% Renewable Energy
California Incentive Electric Vehicle Program: Those who are considered by the program to be low income (225 percent of the federal poverty level or less) qualify for a hybrid that’s rated higher than 35 mpg, or $9,500 toward a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.
Meanwhile, moderate income households (226 to 300 percent of the poverty level) qualify for $5,000 toward those hybrids, or $7,500 toward a plug-in hybrid or EV, and those who are considered above moderate income (up to four times the federal poverty level) can get $5,500 toward a plug-in hybrid or EV."
The federal poverty Level for a family of four is an annual income of $24,250. Applying the program qualifying percentages: To qualify, you have to live in one of two problematic air-pollution zones: either the South Coast Air Quality Management District (covering some of Greater Los Angeles) or the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
Call 909-396-2647 for program details.
225% x 24,250 = $54,562.50
300% x 24,250 = $72,750
400% x 24,250 = $97,000
As a California taxpayer, I wonder if anybody did the math on this. That "Above Moderate Income" household of four can make up to $97,000 and if they buy a new EV they get a $5,500 program payment + $2,500 CARB rebate + $7,500 Federal Tax Credit. Wow!
What Needs to be Done
- No twin tunnels in order to save the Delta; this fragile eco-system is a measurement of our commitment to bring in sustainable energy policies.
- Cap and trade phased uut.
- 75% Airport reduction in Carbon emissions.
- Ban Fracking
- Close all 108, for profit, water bottling plants in California
- Golf courses should be on gray water or closed.
- Implement a California residential and commercial feed-in tariff.
Governor Brown is forcing ordinary Californians to shoulder the burden of the drought by cutting their personal water use while giving the oil industry a continuing license to break the law and poison our water.
- Zack Malitz of Environmental Group Credo.
California Residential Feed-in Tariff
California residential feed-in tariff would allow homeowners to sell their renewable energy to the utility, protecting our communities from poison water, grid failures, natural disasters, toxic natural gas and oil fracking.
Our California residential feed-in tariff should start out at 16 cents per kilowatt hour, 5 cents per kilowatt hour to the utility for use of the grid, 11 cents per kilowatt hour going to the home owner.
A California commercial fit in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and Sacramento California are operating now, paying the business person 17 cents per kilowatt hour.
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for a California residential feed-in tariff.