In clarifying climate change and what to do, here are some facts that I had not previously thought about until the following article was sent to me. Below are some excerpts which summarize the main points:
"To put it simply: We have forgotten that every product we build is
made out of physical stuff with essential scientific properties—stuff
that has to come from somewhere. And the stuff that next-generation
technologies like electric cars, wind turbines, fuel cells, LED lights
and solar energy panels are made of comes from somewhat exotic minerals
that must be mined.
Until World War II the elements required for
technological innovation had fairly familiar names: copper, because of
its ability to carry and conduct electricity long distances, or iron
because of its structural properties as steel. These metals, or more
properly elements, allowed us to build steam engines and combustion cars
and to wire our cities for electricity.
Beginning in the 1970s, though, we began to make discoveries
in materials science that formed the basis for small electric motors
that could run cars and photon-collecting materials that could generate
electricity. Our elemental toolbox moved further down the periodic
table, and greater technological capabilities followed.
The connection between the expanded elemental palette and technological progress is not coincidental."
The article concludes:
"If our goal is to minimize environmental harm in the process of
acquiring these essential mineral resources, there is no better place
than in the U.S., where mining is highly regulated, transparent and
based on the safest, most state-of-the-art process. The
not-in-my-backyard mentality will also leave America dependent on
foreign powers for materials critical to technological innovation, and
consequently for our energy security.
The connection between
green technology and mining can make the U.S. a world leader in clean
energy. Trying to regulate mining out of existence is not only
shortsighted but irresponsible. To save our planet we must find ways to
use the resources it grants us to do so, and environmentalists can help
ensure that we become responsible stewards of green-technology elements."
The article is here:
And a follow-up summary on studies which have the latest of scientific findings is here: