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1 Global Warming Its Real, Its Here, and It Creates Jobs! David Heimann Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter

2 The Takeaway Crisis = Danger plus Opportunity Danger –The world may become a far less comfortable place in which to live –The USA may remain dependent on scarce fuels from unstable unfriendly countries –Other countries may surpass us in developing the new economy, leaving us as a third-world backwater Opportunity –We can create millions of new jobs and invigorate the economy for years to come –We can draw on renewable fuels that last indefinitely –We can live in a way that we can Live Long and Prosper

3 Its Real

4 Background (1) Greenhouse effect – Light enters an enclosed space, becomes heat, and cannot readily leave. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (together with other gases such as methane) cause a greenhouse effect on Earth. The more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the warmer the atmosphere becomes.

5 Background (2)

6 Background (3) At the time of the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of GHG was 250 PPM. Since then, it has been steadily increasing. 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 380 PPM. The higher the concentration, the higher the average global temperature, and the higher the variability around that average.

7 Background (4) The decade ending in 2009 was the warmest decade on record. 2009 itself was the second warmest year since 1880, when modern temperature measurement began. The warmest year was 2005. Average global temperatures have trended upward by 0.36 o F per decade over the past 30 years. The variance of temperatures has also increased. Source: NASA, via NY Times January 22, 2010

8 Its Here

9 So Here Is Whats Happened

10 With This Result Source: If Its That Warm, How Come Its So Damned Cold? [Hansen, Ruedy, Sato, Lo]

11 Or This, Over a Longer Time Frame Source: 2006 report of the US National Academy of Science

12 Resulting, Already, In This In the polar regions, especially the Arctic, the temperature rises are much higher than average. This leads to much stronger effects than in the rest of the world. The Arctic unwittingly serves as the miners canary.

13 It Creates Jobs

14 So How Does Global Warming Create Jobs? In order to reduce global warming, less greenhouse gases must be emitted. To do this, fossil fuel use must be strongly reduced. How can we do this? –Use renewable energy, such as solar and wind Creates many jobs! –Energy efficiency, such as higher-mileage cars and energy-efficient buildings Creates many jobs! –Retrofit old power plants, buildings, machines, etc. Creates many jobs!

15 Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Source: Job Rapido (, August 2010

16 Jobs in Massachusetts! Source: Job Rapido (, August 2010

17 Jobs in New Hampshire! Source: Job Rapido (, August 2010

18 Jobs in California! Source: Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California David Roland-Holst – Next 10

19 But We Cant Wait Long! Source: New York Times, January 30, 2010 Source: Job Rapido (

20 Lets not become a third world country!

21 So What To Do? (1) As a consumer –Buy energy efficient products (from light bulbs to cars and houses) –Make your home energy efficient (appliances, insulation, programmed thermostats, etc. –Take advantage of the green tax and economic incentives As an employee –Get qualified for some really cool careers, such as Energy auditors, green-home dealers and installers Wind and solar dealers, installers, consultants Software development for green industries

22 As a citizen –In your city or town Have your locality use green facilities and vehicles Have your stores carry green products Encourage the use of mass transit and paratransit –In your state Have the Legislature pass laws such as the Green Communities Act in Massachusetts –Nationally 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: –Externalize the price of global warming through actions such as a carbon charge or carbon cap –Ensure that renewable energy and efficiency receive the same level of support as do fossil fuels. So What To Do? (2)

23 So What To Do? (3) As a Citizen -- Call your Senators and tell them to pass strong energy and climate legislation –Massachusetts Scott Brown, (202) 224-4543 John Kerry, (202) 224-2742 –New Hampshire Judd Gregg, (202) 224-3324 Jeanne Shaheen, (202) 224-2841

24 Live Long and Prosper!

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