Bookmonger: Portland professor connects Cold War with global warming
I wouldn't characterize "Behind the Curve" as a great summer read. But how could I ignore this book by Reed College professor Joshua P. Howe, which takes a hard look at the scientific study of global climate change and how the phenomenon has been variously interpreted, ignored and embraced by policy makers at various levels over the last half ... (more)
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#1 Jul 24, 2014
"Scientists and activists concerned about global warming have long expressed frustration that progress in our understanding of climate science hasn't been matched by comparable progress in climate policy. In Behind the Curve, Joshua Howe offers an elegant environmental history to argue that this disconnect is not at all an accident: only by changing the way we think about climate science and policy will we finally bring them more into alignment. A must-read for scientists, policy makers, and concerned citizens alike."
#2 Jul 24, 2014
From the article:
(In our state,'Washington state' Governor Jay Inslee formed a carbon emissions reduction task force this spring..........
So many AGW problems could have had easier solutions if they had been addressed earlier....... sometimes even much earlier by admiring efficiency & waste reduction. However, such is NOT the 'american way'. A classic case is in the history of Washington state, that Gov. Islee is trying to address.
In the early 1970's Washington state (in the guise of Seattle) was at the head of the list for Federal funds(lots of money) to begin a rapid transit system. Seattle citizens, tho desperate for rapid transit, turned the free money down!!! Ever since, Seattle has fallen into a third rate transportation mess. Trapped between two major bodies of water(Salish Sea & Lake Washington), traffic is stymied at every turn & rush hours are incorrectly named as commuters are stopped often & get to examine in detail cracks in the pavement, dandelions in the cracks & cross-support steel girders as they pop out of chipping & broken concrete.
Where did the money go that Seattle turned down? Portland, Oregon got it & made their tidy MAX light rail system. The difference between Seattle & Portland emissions per capita is 1 to 2+ tons of CO2 per year, of which the MAX light rail system cuts much emissions per Portland citizen.
#3 Jul 25, 2014
Guess what.. 90% of Americans have never taken public transportation.. so they say..
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