A list of descriptive insults with three or more syllables: Aggressor; terrorist; atrocity-perpetrator. To describe those who fight to champion a beloved cause: hero; homeland-defender; valiant warrior; cause champion; life-supporter; victorious soldier. Those who die fighting, on any side: martyr. (If you know another, please let us know.)
People go to great lengths to justify a cause, even unto - to the point of - death. Yet the compelling facts of our consumption has a direct relationship to this current era of climate change in the grand millennial cycle of climate change. We have every reason to learn more about what we can do to improve planetary chances for survival.
As we spend, eat, drive metal cocoons thousands of miles with little or no consciousness of how strange our behaviour is, oblivious to any connection we may have with the natural world upon which we are all, ultimately, dependent, this hard fact remains: what we do does have consequences.
Nature—climate change—2013 22/9/2013 says global marginal co-benefits are US$50-380/metric ton of CO2. I assume that is for reducing excess CO2 in environment. Environmental Action claims pollution from coal-fired generators costs Americans between $345 and $523billion/year in health costs. US GHG emissions are 5.3 billion metric tons/year CO2eq. or between $65 and $98/metric ton of CO2. Add to that $25 to $30/metric ton CO2eq for weather-related disaster relief. Between25% inflation from 2004 prices from which Global Thermostat estimated cost to capture CO2 once economy of scale is achieved to 2014 and about 60% extra cost to compress CO2 enough to use to frack geothermal reservoirs, it should cost at least $50/metric ton of CO2 to capture and store in enhanced geothermal systems. And there was a bill before Congress to offer $50/metric ton to store CO2 securely underground. So I suspect social cost of carbon is now at least $50/metric ton of CO2 eq. I hope it is easier to negotiate user fees of about 10% ad valorem in commercial contracts among "too big to fail" firms (MIC, electric utility, and fossil fuel) than to get any cooperation from Congress. I hope 10% ad valorem on all energy including imports and exports and that made and consumed by same entity will raise at least $100billion/year to spend on replacing fossil fuel with renewable energy. Renewable energy equipment and smart grid parts will have to be sold to utilities on mortgages length of expected service life of equipment and mortgage payments used to buy enough fossil fuel as mineral rights to maintain fossil fuel firms’ income. $100billion/year from user fees plus $100 billion per year diverted from military pork =s the $200 billion per year Michael Bloomberg urges for replacing fossil fuel with renewable energy.
From our military's point of view, replacing petroleum with something renewable is even more important than for the rest of us — it will serve to avoid wars of conquest over nations owning petroleum reserves we covet. For the common good, we need to ward off catastrophic climate change. When we find renewable oil substitutes, we will need a tax increase to raise funds to provide turnkey plant to produce it for each "too big to fail" oil firm - which I hope will be made by "too big to fail" MIC firms.
It will be in our enlightened self interest to help less developed nations develop renewable energy instead of fossil fuel while still buying fossil fuel as mineral rights that will continue to provide replacement parts and maintain fossil fuel firms’ incomes forever.