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Old 08-26-2016, 12:52 PM   #140
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So bringing it back to the reason we need EVs and sustainable energy (autonomous cars are just an added bonus), this is a beautifully written article on climate change.

Piers Sellers, a former astronaut, paints a great picture at the beginning of this on how amazing the world is, really brings you down to a level that we are all in this together.

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Some great quotes after his intro:

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All of this is placing quite a demand on the resources of our little home planet. The facts of climate change are straightforward: there’s been a warming surge over the past hundred years, with a dramatic uptick in this new century. We are seeing the effects in the shrinking of the summer Arctic sea ice and the melting of the Greenland glaciers. That melt, in turn, has been partly responsible for the three-inch rise in sea levels since 1992. The Earth is warming, the ice is melting, and sea level is rising. These are observed facts.
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Almost all the accepted theories that we use in the physical and biological sciences are not open to different interpretations depending on someone’s opinion, internal beliefs, gut feelings, or lobbying. In the science world, two and two make four.
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And this is where politics and science can find themselves at cross purposes. In many political discussions, climate science gets treated like family planning or tax restructuring.
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