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Practicalities of political agency

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Science  22 Jan 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6271, pp. 348-349
DOI: 10.1126/science.351.6271.348-c

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  • RE: Why I believe we will not survive to 2050
    • Walter Brooks, Retired Ph.D Organic Chemist,, 50 year member of ACS, long time subscriber to Science

    To whom it may concern: I fully concur with your editorial. In the meantime, it seems to me that there are things human beings can do in the near term that will limit carbon dioxide and methane atmospheric pollution. All of these proposals will cost a lot less than the environmental destruction of our major coastal cities. We have already seen here the beginning of major storm destruction throughout the US. Drought will be a very significant issue as indicated by the events in the western US.

    1. Build a public transportation system everywhere that is free, safe, and comfortable to get cars off the road. Replace cars largely and forcefully as soon as possible. If possible, develop a hydrogen-powered car with a fuel cell to make electricity such as Toyota is introducing shortly in California.
    2. Rapidly expand solar, wind, wave power
    3. Take every step to collect and clean rainwater for sewage use.
    4. Build heavy rail passenger and freight systems powered w electricity.
    5. Replace transoceanic ships with much more efficient very large submarines
    6. High speed, 300 mph, rail is capable of replacing, as in Europe, short flight air transportation.
    7. Use buildings for agriculture to absorb carbon dioxide and clean much of our waste water
    8. Stop cutting forests, but remove excessive debris and use it as mulch for agriculture.
    9. Use controlled small burns to reduce underbrush in the fall or early spring
    10. Del...

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