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Climate Change is the #1 Problem the World Faces

Discussion in 'Ideas, Needs, Concept Feedback' started by Patrick Hughes, Mar 10, 2019.

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    Much if the skepticism exists due to the incredibly overblown, dramatic level of theatrics attached to the movement - cue Alexandria Ocasio Cortez claiming the world will end in 12 years - nobody is denying that what we do to the environment is very bad, and we should be investing in alternative energies, plastics, etc, etc - but the way that certain segments of society are trying to push towards this is cause for real alarm.

    Why are they pushing towards this? What is the net benefit for them?

    Without delving into a political discussion, if you investigate the main players in the climate scientist lobby groups, and deep dive into their funding sources, a lot of very interesting links come up.
     
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    The net benefit for me personally is the peace of mind that comes from knowing we've done our best to avert future pain or disaster. Others may have different agendas such as money or power?

    I'm not bothered if people have an agenda to make money when the thing they profit from still provides value to the world.

    Think of selling expensive fire alarms and safety systems. Overpriced? Maybe. Strictly necessary? Probably not. Does it provide a benefit in case of an emergency? Yes.

    Hence even with occasionally murky financial arrangements backing the lead players, if a net benefit is provided, why be alarmed when people push towards a good cause?

    As you say, most people don't deny what we're doing to the environment is bad, and we could be investing in (and profiting from) alternatives.

    A lot of the time, the thing which people push for is self evident, and yet still collectively we ignore it. It's like the people on this planet have a blindness, and only a few are bold enough to say anything contrary to the masses who prefer laziness and social conformity to the challenge of solving the problems at hand.

    From a business perspective, single use items with planned obsolescence are good as they drives sales. If that causes our early demise, I'd hope we'd all have the courage to change the system to be more sustainable. Instead, I sense that most people would rather suffer the tragedy of the commons due to collective indifference and concerns about people's funding sources or political agendas. Why does that even matter if our very lives are at stake?

    Patrick
     
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    Going back to business models, creating sustainable loops in systems is another potential revenue source.

    Some newer engines have waste energy recapture built into them, making them far more efficient than earlier iterations. Newer tanker boat engines and bus engines are examples of this.

    Using the waste product of one process as the input for another process is also an example, so there's money in spotting where waste products can be a cheap input for your own products. Public benches made from old car tires come to mind. Garages have to pay to get rid of the tires, and also have a plentiful supply due to road safety regulations.

    Are there more examples of similar loops and recapture systems that you've observed?
     

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