Andrew Revkin, from Dot Earth NY Times, wrote an article this morning about people providing advice to Obama on climate change. I havn't had time to read the anonymous one, but I dove into the one written by James E. Hansen (NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences)
Here's a summary of the Hansen .pdf:
1) Coal is the number 1 enemy, and therefore the number 1 solution to the problem.
2) Nuclear is huge, and can help us get away from coal faster than anything else, but nuclear can't just continue with the same technology. New technologies can be used that create less waste, and consume or "burn" existing nuclear wasted.
3) We need a progressive carbon tax. One that rewards the public for making changes and conserving.
4) Cap and Trade is bullshit greenwashing. Look at who supports it, people who want more coal plants.
5) The young people that have recently been motivated to participate in the political system are expecting real change.
His last comment is " If that does not happen, surely they (the young people) will begin to raise their voices louder." I see this as both a challange and a criticism to our generation.
We have been complacent, we have not come together to enact change, and many of us think its because there havn't been issues that are important enough to us.
Well, here it is kids. Read the article, get concerned, and get involved.