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Sahir Millwala 4-25-15 Professor Melkonian Econ 1 Renewable Revolution by Michael Klare This article shows us how important it is for us to move away from the use of fossil fuels, and start looking at alternative energy sources. This shift would be so profound that it would have the same economic impact that oil first had when we were moving from coal to oil. Klare also focuses on all the power that countries have with huge oil reserves like, Saudi Arabia. The alternative energy sources are finally making a serious case now of competing with oil. For example, advances in wind and solar installations, and the decrease in price of both suggest that oil’s dominance may not last too long. Rapidly spreading solar technology could change everything. There is increasing support that some essential changes are coming that will over time put a question mark over investments in old energy systems. The biggest conflict with alternative energy sources was the cost, and now technology is finding a way to decrease those cost so it will be feasible to use them. I believe Klare’s article is very encouraging. I think Klare is right that the world will move to solar, wind, etc. much faster. The next step is
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getting politics and officials on board with the movement. The oil companies have too much say politically and if that continues none of these alternative energy sources will come into use.
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Climate Change is Violence by Rebecca Solnit This article starts off with an interesting look at climate change. Solnit compares the violence that the poor commit through the use of guns or their hands to the violence that the wealthy commit in the form of climate change. The wealthy own big factories that emit many greenhouse gasses and some wealthy people in oil companies are causing climate change as well which is killing our planet. The consequences of that change include: the acidification of oceans and decline of many species in them, the slow fading of island nations such as the Maldives, increased flooding, drought, crop failure leading to food-price increases and famine, increasingly turbulent weather. When severe weather hits and resources are depleted then we see violence. This reminds of hurricane Sandy when people didn’t have much food or resources and turned to violence and illegal activities. I agree and really enjoyed Solnit’s views on climate change. I have never looked at in the form of violence, but it sure does seem that way. Humans cause climate change and humans can stop it as well. We have to unite as a world and not separate nations if want to make a change. If we can do that there is nothing that can stop us from saving our earth. If we don’t people will begin to revolt when their lives become unbearable.
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The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard
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This video speaks about our obsession with stuff and the ecological footprint that it has. Our obsession with stuff is trashing the planet, our communities, and our health. Leonard uses this new
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