Are We Toast?

Or, Do We Have The Time And Wisdom To Protect Our Planet's Climate?

On one hand, the introduction of any new technology should be evaluated in terms of potential long-term impacts upon human health.  On the other hand, if we become too timid and paralyzed by fear of the unknown we will never make any progress.  However, there can be no question that wisdom dictates the application of common sense, and that caution is not misplaced when there is substantial reason to suspect negative health implications.

EPA Finds Greenhouse Gases Pose Threat to Public Health, Welfare / Proposed Finding Comes in Response to 2007 Supreme Court Ruling

Release date: 04/17/2009

(Washington, D.C. – April 17, 2009) After a thorough scientific review ordered in 2007 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed finding Friday that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare.

The proposed finding, which now moves to a public comment period, identified six greenhouse gases that pose a potential threat.

Last summer the residents of Castiglione di Cervia, a small village in northern Italy, were suddenly stricken by a temporarily debilitating disease that was unknown to local medical authorities.  Following the death of several villagers, and the subsidence of the outbreak, the disease was eventually identified as Chikungunya, a disease with symptoms similar to Dengue fever.   Both Chikungunya and Dengue fever are mosquito borne, viral diseases, previously known to  occur only in the tropics.  Its appearance in Europe is apparently due to Global Warming and the "globalization" of commerce and travel. 

Least we overlook the obvious, the sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow; but the demand for electrical power remains.  As we rush headlong into the quest for renewable, non-polluting energy it is, perhaps, prudent to review the place of such alternative energy sources as wind and solar in the total energy system.

Introduced in 1908, the Model T Fords were produced until 1927. The Model T's were powered by a small (about 20 hp) engine that burned either gasoline or ethanol. Depending upon fuel, driving conditions, and body style (at least 9 body styles, ranging from small roadsters to one-ton trucks were produced) mileage varied from about 13 to 21 mpg. More than 15 million Model T's were produced before production was stopped in 1927. At that time, 9 out of 10 automobiles world-wide, was a Model T.

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