Politics and Climate Change Info

My views on our environment, sustainability and the politics of it all

Change in the government? September 15, 2009

I have recently re-awakened a passion in myself for the environment and how to care for it, and although I am sure of many things that need to change, I am now completely unsure how to affect any change.  All of this is stemming from having read “Hot, Flat and Crowded” by Thomas Friedman, which I have to admit is one of the most life altering books I have read in the past 10 years.

I am hating that government is essential is setting environmental regulations and providing environmental incentives, which would cause companies to improve their current products and innovate new ones, because they (the gov) are not doing these things and resultantly, neither are any companies! Which makes it difficult to determine how as an individual, you can help affect change within your nation.

I feel currently that affecting change in the USA is too daunting a task at this particular juncture, HOWEVER, it has occured to me that potentially I could influence the mayor of Taipei.  As such, I am currently in the process of writing him a letter suggesting that Taipei pass a by-law requiring all people within the next 5 years change to electric powered scooters.

Electric powered scooters, or cars, would dramatically reduce the amount of air pollution in Taipei, and although people think – “well, yes, but electricity isn’t “clean” either”, in fact, it has been scientifically proven that even using electricity from coal fired burners is not only cheaper but 50% less polluting than using gasoline to power your vehicle.  Further, Taiwan (as with almost every other partially developed nation in the world) has the electrical capabilities during off peak times to charge these vehicles.  Why not utilize power stations that are being operated at minimal levels in off peak times in order to power the nation’s transport.  Especially given that Taiwan produces none of it’s own oil, and has had oil spills from oil tankers bringing oil to Taiwan, that have significantly negatively affected Taiwan’s coastline and environment.

 

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