An Inconvenient Sequel
Truth to PowerDVD - 2017
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Martin Luther King famously answered a question during some of the bleakest hours of the Civil Rights Movement, when someone asked, "How long is this gonna take?" He said, "How long? Not long." "Because no lie can live forever." "How long? Not long." "Because the moral arc of the universe is long," "but it bends toward justice." "How long? Not long." We are close in this movement. We are very close to the tipping point beyond which this movement, like the abolition movement, like the women's suffrage movement, like the Civil Rights Movement, like the anti-apartheid movement, like the movement for gay rights, is resolved into a choice between right and wrong.
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And because of who we are as human beings, the outcome is foreordained. And it is right to save the future for humanity! It is wrong to pollute this Earth and destroy the climate balance! It is right to give hope to the future generation! It will not be easy. And we, too, in this movement will encounter a series of no's. The great American poet Wallace Stevens, in the last century, one of his lines was this, "After the last no comes a yes." "And on that yes the future world depends."
Well, not exactly, because, um, you're in Georgetown, which is the reddest city in the reddest county in Texas, and I'm a conservative Republican... But our duty to our ratepayers is to provide them with the lowest possible
-And money talks.
But then, wouldn't it just make sense from a common-sense standpoint,
the less stuff you put in the air, the better it is?
I mean, common sense. You don't need scientists to debate that.
Trump has said he will "cancel the Paris Climate Agreement" and also promised to promote coal power and fracking, and says he will allow for oil and gas drilling on federal land.
Fourteen years ago the best projections available were that we would be able to install worldwide one gigawatt of solar electricity per year. Well, when 2010 arrived, we beat that goal by 17 times over. Last year, we beat that goal 58 times over. This year, we're on track to beat that goal 73 times over.
Actually, the atmosphere of the Earth is a very thin shell surrounding the planet. And, of course, right now we are putting 110 million tons of heat-trapping global-warming pollution into that space every single day. We're using this as an open sewer for all of the gaseous waste in our global civilization.
Look at this downpour that hit Tucson, Arizona, and watch the water splash off the city. They're now calling these things "rain bombs." Houston's been hit between May of last year and May of this year. Two 1-in-500-year floods and one 1-in-1,000-year downpour. Now, that's unusual. Almost Noah-like. This was in Spain last fall. In Chile, last year. Epic event. And now, today, there are water rescues underway in southeast Louisiana.
Days into his presidency, Donald Trump is sending chills down the spines of environmentalists and some EPA employees. This trifecta of cabinet appointments, all staunch fossil fuel supporters who've expressed doubts about the urgency of climate change.
The way you know global warming is real is if the hottest year ever is the year you're currently in. Fourteen of the 15 hottest years ever measured have been since 2001. The hottest of all was 2016.
Something happened last night at one of the most iconic locations in New York the World Trade Center, Ground Zero. A flood of water with a current so strong it flooded the reconstruction.
You know, Florida's called the Sunshine State? The head of the second-biggest fossil fuel utility there was actually quoted as saying,
"Yes, we're the Sunshine State," "but, remember, we're also the partly cloudy state." And they have lobbied the state legislature to basically make it illegal to lease a solar panel for your rooftop from anybody but the fossil fuel-burning utility!
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