How to Make Climate Change Matter
November 30, 2018
MONEY controls the world, including all of us. Including Climate Change.
(If you don’t want to be more depressed about Climate Change, don’t read this.)
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Would you give up millions of dollars to save someone else heartaches? What about billions. What about 400 quadrillion dollars?
Oh, come on! 400 quadrillion dollars? You think I exaggerate. Read on.
You are saying “I would give that up to save billions of people. I would do the right thing.”
Okay, hypothetical, you just got a million dollars a year from the oil industry for them fracking on your farm. How much will you give up to save someone in Jakarta or Mumbai, or even a rich Bostonian living on the beachfront from having to move away from their homes in new flood zones due to Climate Change? Or would you use your money to help out your children or grandkids buying a house or a car they need.
What is the right thing? This is the key problem to solving Climate Change.
Bill McKibben’s excellent article in the New Yorker Nov 26, 2018, “Life on a Shrinking Planet,” points our many amazingly depressing facts about Climate Change. But, the bottom line in the middle of one paragraph hit me:
“. . . the damage caused by rising sea levels will cost the world as much as $14 trillion a year by 2100, if the U.N. targets aren’t met.”
$14 trillion a year sounds like a lot.
But let’s look at the profits from oil-related industries:
Total profits per year from oil-related industry NOW $3.49 trillion.
(Except, this is a low estimate. I didn’t get all the industries in my quick calculations below. Per Year profits for the global industries I could find on Google in half an hour.
Big Oil $200 billion (just posted record profits of $51.5 billion per quarter)
Big Auto $1.5 trillion (that’s only the top 10 manufacturers)
Global Plastics $654 billion in 2020
Global Fertilizer $1.88 billion by 2020 (not included farm/ranch profits.)
Cosmetics Sales $445 billion (80% of cosmetics come from oil products)
Global Healthcare $545 billion (most products, pharmaceuticals, oil-related)
Global asphalt (Bitumen) $48 billion (120 metric tons per year x $400 per ton avg) )
Investors invest. Money made on investments from profits $3.49 trillion/year:
By 2100, 80 years, it will be $19.784 quadrillion, about $20 quadrillion, or$20,000 trillion
(Because, the average investor will get about 10% return, if you invested $ 3.49 trill per year with 10% return compounded yearly, investing an additional 1.4% ($50 bil) per year)
And, that’s in today’s dollars. By 2100 $20 quadrillion would probably be $400 quadrillion or higher. (Think a million dollars in 1940 is now worth about 20 million dollars)
So, you’re asking world investors (all of us, since we all rely on money) to give up $400 quadrillion dollars to help save billions of people hardship of moving away from flood zones for the next 80 years.
Heck, I’d be ecstatic with even $100,000 extra a year.
Yeah. You get it. I told you it was depressing.
How can we make this more important to all of us making money off oil (yes, you, too)?
Think positive. Get governments to use wind and solar power. Get everyone to buy electric cars. Stop using plastic bags at grocery stores, change to vegetarian to decrease fertilizer and methane for cattle feed and manure, stop using all those cosmetics—go natural, stop paving roads with asphalt—we need Jetson’s electric cars, develop cures for cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, so we would stop using all those drugs.
Yes, that all sounds like what we are trying to do, but it will take decades, fierce opponents of oil-based products, and by then we will already be almost dead from global warming.
We need breakthroughs.
A lightweight, cheap, super battery for storage of energy. Cars that run on garbage, or plastic, and don’t need highways. Solar panels that are 80% efficient. Small wind turbines to fit in our backyard. High protein potatoes that taste like filet mignon. A genetic cure for diseases. A genetic beautifying injection.
Then there is the sink or swim method.
Jump into the water and start swimming or you drown. There will be consequences, but global warming will stop.
Hello, Dan’s War. Get rid of world oil in two weeks. Is that possible?
Yes, it is possible with oil-eating bacteria and nanotechnology advances in the next few years.
Have fun delving into this possibility reading Dan’s War. A CIA computer programmer with Asperger’s Syndrome and an OPEC insider make the world green in two weeks.
A few little hitches…Yeah. Consequences.
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A Natural High
October 26, 2018
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Where do you learn about a natural high?
A natural high was always around the corner where I grew up in Colorado. My dad taught me to fish and love the outdoors. I fished or hiked or ran or biked almost every day of my life. It started with running beside my dad as he rode his bicycle up the Waterton Canyon on the South Platte River. Our family camped almost every summer, hiking and fishing and bringing home snakes to Mom. Lots of fun.
Fly fishing started in earnest while stationed in Scotland.
I wish I could say I caught one salmon on a fly there. I did enjoy many a Scottish river and lake, several single malt whiskies, and the beauty of hiking Ben Nevus in the purple hues of heather in the Highlands. There was also running around The Loop, through the fields of blooming tulips and crocus and snapdragons. Or, biking up the winding Blue Door road where you might be lucky to see one car.
Scotland seemed to me one of the most beautiful countries in the world. When the sun was out. Which was fleeting, a bit like the movie Brigadoon. One day you had the bright sun blazing the aching green grass and trees and multicolored flower gardens. The next day fog and horizontal rain. But even those days could be fun. Go out for a run in your raingear and feel the rain pelt your face. The wind pushed your body, and you smelled the fresh-plowed earth of a farm. Just don’t forget to put plastic bags over your socks or your feet will blister easier.
Then came Pensacola:
An epic summer battle to land a hundred-plus pound tarpon on a fly. The winter chill and sight of acres of big redfish in the gulf and teasing one to take a popper.
The take and reel-burning run of a false albacore. Or, just sitting on the Gulf as the waves slapped against the boat and rocked you up and down. Suddenly startled by a giant manta ray broaching the surface in a spectacular jump all the way out of the water.
You never knew what might happen on the Gulf. One day you might see a hammerhead chasing a jet ski. Another you might be awed by a school of leopard rays surfing waves on the beach. Between fishing there was biking the roads and running the beach. Better do those early in the morning, so you wouldn’t die of heat stroke. But, swimming in the warm Gulf? Well, that was for the rest of the day. Just avoid late evening or you might start hearing a loud dinging of a buoy bell. Then an undertone would begin low and ominous: dan-Dah, dan-Dah, dah-dah dah-dah dah-dah Dah-Dah. Oh darn, there goes your leg in the mouth of a Great White.
And then back to Colorado
after Hurricane Ivan tried to kill us. The first two years were bliss, or maybe just post-Hurricane and working-my-ass off depression. But I fished almost daily, learned to tie flies much, much better, became a fly-fishing guide and hiked and ran and biked and camped with my wife and trusted blonde Labrador, Maggie.
All this fishing got me outside on weekends and summer vacations, but it was the running and biking that got me invigorated with nature almost daily. Even now, cruising on the great bike trails in our fair city, I experience summer heat, the smell of a pond with ducks and deer wandering through, musty smelling autumn leaves blowing on the trail, the bone chill of a winter ride in a thirty-five-degree, steel gray winter day, and the glory of spring, the sweet smell of roses, the sound of a rushing stream and the laughter of children in the park on Memorial Day.
Through all these natural highs, I wrote.
And wrote. And wrote some more. Nearly every story and novel include the outdoors, either fly fishing, hiking, biking, or something about saving those beautiful natural wonders for generations to come.
Nature and outdoors infuses me with wonder, joy, and thankfulness of our wonderful Earth.
I hope you will get out and enjoy nature at every opportunity. Teach your children and grandchildren, for they will be the ones to save our planet. And all it takes is a natural high.
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END GLOBAL WARMING, Three Simple Steps
October 18, 2018
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A Washington Post article about the same topic had Ten Steps and the author suggested three steps that most Americans will never do:
ride their bike to work, buy an electric car, and put solar panels on their home. Too expensive, and who wants to buy an electric car in Wyoming, and how can you take your kids to soccer practice on a bicycle? Not very simple steps, really.
There are three much simpler actions to END global warming. And do it in 2 weeks.
1. Find an eco-terrorist who is a member of OPEC.
Just pick any non-Saudi OPEC delegate. Most of them hate the holier-than-thou Saudis. This is as simple as a Google search and writing a letter to the delegate from, say, Venezuela. You might think it impossible for the Venezuelan delegate to go against OPEC, but HERE’S A QUESTION HE WILL ANSWER YES TO: “Would you like to get more oil out of your existing oil wells and top the Saudis in production?” Not only, Yes, but if I knew Spanish well, I would translate their answer as, “Hell, yes.” If they hate oil spills, that will help, since they will already know about the oil-eating bacteria used to clean up oil.
2. Find a computer programmer with Asperger’s syndrome who works for the CIA.
And moonlights making money with computer programs that help bacteria communicate with nanobots. Once again, a simple search of CIA, Asperger’s, and nanotechnology. You’ll get thirty companies. Just pick someone who looks reliable, or very insecure. If he has a normal son who needs the moonlighting money for a college fund, that helps.
3. This last step is crucial. Make sure you introduce the above two to each other via an online eco-techno chat group.
Google is once again your friend. You just have to ask them if they would work on a world-saving technology? One that melds nanobots with oil-eating bacteria to get more oil out of existing oil wells, since currently they only produce until about 60% is gone. There is that whole other 40%. Now once they are introduced, make sure they understand they must come up with this program and do a test run in Venezuela. But, before they run it, you have to convince the OPEC guy to reverse the process, i.e. make the nanobots rev up the oil eating bacteria to eat ALL the oil.
Okay, there is a simple fourth step
tiny, really. not nearly as hard as buying an electric car in Wyoming or pedaling a bike through a New England winter with your daughter and a loaded soccer bag on back. It just requires you get a lot of spiders and some Semtex and get them into the OPEC meeting. You don’t even need Google for this, since you have a a very insecure CIA computer geek and an OPEC member who can easily get the Semtex and get into the next OPEC meeting. Spiders are everywhere. Just get a spider man and collect a few thousand.
There you have it. Easier than getting an electric car, installing solar panels, or riding a bike in a Boston December.
If you want the full instruction manual, I suggest reading this book, Dan’s War.
There are a few twists I left out, maybe a World Oil War, the U.S. Navy near Australia, a very cool CIA agent named Sam Houston, and a polite, beautiful, sexy Marine who, our hero, Dan, falls for, even though he his happily married. There’s also a lot of deception, dodging bullets and possibly the end of the world. But, you’ll see. Things work out. Sort of.
Please, please, please, let me know when you’ve got things moving.
I’m really a nature lover, fly fishing, hiking, camping, so I’m looking forward to getting back to nature in the next two weeks when the entire world oil supply is destroyed. Should be fun.
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Should Politics mix with Writing Stories and Songs?
October 4, 2018
Authors should stay away from politics and social activism, right?
That's what all the marketing experts tell us. Stay away from Politics or your books will bomb. Forget voting discussions. Verboten. Yet, many famous authors and writers write about current political/social issues: Faulkner--novels about corrupt politicians, the despicable plight of black people, and whether the United States would survive. Nobel Prize Steinbeck--the shabby treatment of migrants by the right, Nobel Prize. They burned his book in California, The Grapes of Wrath George Orwell--Stalinism, socialism Solzhenitsyn--the Russian authoritarianism and horrible gulags, Novel Prize Margaret Atwood--political subjugation of women Bob Dylan--Vietnam, The 60s, first songwriter to receive Nobel Peace Prize, Rachel Carson--Silent Spring and the conservative government's refusal to ban certain pesticides Tony Morrison--the politically and socially trampled rights of black people--Nobel Prize. . . and the list goes on and on.
So, I don't feel wrong in publishing a video song I wrote in order to get Millennials voting in November. Okay, so it's not a story, but songs can be more powerful. I hope you can get beyond the lack of commercial PIZZAZZ to the background and quality of the recording. all I had was my iPhone and my writing room. It's not Dylan, but I hope you pass it on. Perhaps it will motivate at least one more millennial to vote.
Millennials are cool, but have a horrible voting turnout percentage, and they can make a huge difference. It is their future I worry about. Especially if they don't turnout and vote in the November midterms. The main reason I wrote the song. I thought making a music video for YouTube would be easy. Yeah, what planet was I living on. First, you have to write the lyrics, then the arrangement and music. That turned out to be pretty easy compared to what followed. I didn't have a professional video studio, just my iPhone and my writing room. Rearrange this and that, take down glaring photos, and the background was acceptable. But the worst part, the most tedious was doing the video over and over, at least 7,000 times, to weed out mistakes. Because, even little things turn out big on a video. Also, no cut and paste allowed on home videos. Start to finish, clean, flowing, with good transitions. Hard!! Please take a look at the video. I think you will enjoy the words, at the very least. And, please vote! Milt