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What is the right solution to climate change?


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In my last letter, I offered one solution for climate change — adapt the physical infrastructure.

Infrastructure is not just about roads and bridges but it is about the six essential elements of life: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. From those combinations, we have four basics of life we all understand and value: air, water, food and energy. Restrict any one of those basics and humanity, as we know it, will be very hard-pressed to exist.
There are many solutions to affect and adapt climate change and each has its advantages and disadvantages, and they all have their cost. The most popular energy solution today is to build wind turbines everywhere the wind blows. I am not a fan of those monsters, but without fresh water (the next major crisis) the farmers near Elida, New Mexico, have to do something for income, so they lease their land to the big wind companies and get their hefty stipend.
Is CO2 really the bad guy of climate change? CO2 is like Mother Nature’s thermostat and helps moderate the global temperature here on earth. If you increase the parts per million (PPM) in the atmosphere, the earth’s land and water temperatures will also increase. Conversely, if you decrease the PPM, the earth will cool and even ice over.

If you are convinced the temperature increase has been caused by anthropogenic sources (that’s us), particularly the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, and we should spend billions or even trillions to try and halt the rising earth temperature, then you must take another look at nuclear energy.
You would think that when a coal power plant or nuclear power plant were shut down by the utility companies, they would be replaced by renewable energy sources; wind and solar. The hard reality is the most practical cost-effective replacement is natural gas generators and that is happening all around the world.
Will the earth’s CO2 PPM ever be stabilized or even decreased any time soon? Not likely, unless advance nuclear reactors are seriously considered and then still not likely.
What if we are looking at the wrong solutions? What if the solution is not in how we use energy but in how we use water? What if we adapt crops to saline farming to feed the world and coastal flood plains were transformed into valuable farmland? Well, it is already being adapted around the world.
Martin Kral