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Global Warming and Jobs

  1. 1. Global Warming It’s Real, It’s Here, and It Creates Jobs! David Heimann Green Group Boston August 2010
  2. 2. The Takeaway Crisis = Danger plus Opportunity <ul><li>Danger </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The world may become a far less comfortable place in which to live </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The USA may remain dependent on scarce fuels from unstable unfriendly countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other countries may surpass us in developing the new economy, leaving us as a third-world backwater </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Opportunity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We can create millions of new jobs and invigorate the economy for years to come </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We can draw on renewable fuels that last indefinitely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We can live in a way that we can “Live Long and Prosper ” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. It’s Real
  4. 4. Background <ul><li>Greenhouse effect – Light enters an enclosed space, becomes heat, and cannot readily leave. </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (together with other gases such as methane) cause a greenhouse effect on Earth. </li></ul><ul><li>The more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the warmer the atmosphere becomes. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Background
  6. 6. Background <ul><li>At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution (1750), the concentration of GHG was 280 PPM. Since then, it has been steadily increasing. </li></ul><ul><li>In recent years, this increase has accelerated. In 1960 it was 315 PPM. In 1980 it was 336 PPM. In 2000 it was 370 PPM. It is now 390 PPM. </li></ul><ul><li>The higher the concentration, the higher is the average global temperature, and the higher is the variability around that average. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Background <ul><li>The decade ending in 2009 was the warmest decade on record. </li></ul><ul><li>2009 itself was the second warmest year since 1880, when modern temperature measurement began. The warmest year was 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>Average global temperatures have trended upward by 0.36 o F per decade over the past 30 years. The variability of temperatures has also increased. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: NASA, via NY Times January 22, 2010 </li></ul>
  8. 8. It’s Here
  9. 9. So Here Is What’s Happened
  10. 10. With This Temperature Result Source: If It’s That Warm, How Come It’s So Damned Cold? [ Hansen, Ruedy, Sato, Lo]
  11. 11. Or This, Over a Longer Time Frame Source: 2006 report of the US National Academy of Science
  12. 12. Resulting, Already, In This <ul><li>In the polar regions, especially the Arctic, the temperature rises are much higher than average. </li></ul><ul><li>This leads to much stronger effects than in the rest of the world. </li></ul><ul><li>The Arctic unwittingly serves as the “miner’s canary”. </li></ul>
  13. 13. It Creates Jobs
  14. 14. So How Does Global Warming Create Jobs? <ul><li>In order to reduce global warming, less greenhouse gases must be emitted. </li></ul><ul><li>To do this, fossil fuel use must be strongly reduced. </li></ul><ul><li>How can we do this? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use renewable energy, such as solar and wind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creates many jobs! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy efficiency, such as higher-mileage cars and energy-efficient buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creates many jobs! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retrofit old power plants, buildings, machines, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creates many jobs! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! <ul><li>Source: Job Rapido (www.jobrapido.com), August 2010 </li></ul>
  16. 16. Jobs in California <ul><li>Source: Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California </li></ul><ul><li>David Roland-Holst – Next 10 http://www.next10.org/research/research_eeijc.html </li></ul>
  17. 17. Jobs in Massachusetts <ul><li>Source: Job Rapido (www.jobrapido.com), August 2010 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Jobs in New Hampshire <ul><li>Source: Job Rapido (www.jobrapido.com), August 2010 </li></ul>
  19. 19. But We Can’t Wait Long! <ul><li>Source: New York Times, January 30, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Job Rapido (www.jobrapido.com) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Let’s not become a third world country!
  21. 21. So What To Do? <ul><li>As a consumer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Buy energy efficient products (from light bulbs to cars and houses) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make your home energy efficient (appliances, insulation, programmed thermostats, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take advantage of the green tax and economic incentives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As an employee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get qualified for some really cool careers, such as </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Energy auditors, green-home dealers and installers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wind and solar dealers, installers, consultants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Software development for green industries </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>As a citizen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In your city or town </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have your locality use green facilities and vehicles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have your stores carry green products </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage the use of mass transit and paratransit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In your state </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have the Legislature pass laws such as the Green Communities Act in Massachusetts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nationally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create a level playing field that allows all energy sources to be evaluated on their full costs and benefits, then let the free market act: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internalize the price of global warming through actions such as a carbon charge or carbon cap </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure that renewable energy and efficiency receive the same level of support as do fossil fuels. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>So What To Do?
  23. 23. So What To Do? <ul><li>As a Citizen -- Call your Senators and tell them to pass strong energy and climate legislation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Massachusetts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scott Brown, (202) 224-4543 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>John Kerry, (202) 224-2742 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Hampshire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Judd Gregg, (202) 224-3324 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jeanne Shaheen, (202) 224-2841 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Live Long and Prosper!

Notas del editor

  • Cancer analogy
  • Cancer analogy
  • 5-year running mean averages out the El Nino – La Nina cycle 11-year running mean averages out the sunspot cycle http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2010/20100115_Temperature2009.pdf

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