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Top 10 Reasons You Won't See Me at the People's Climate March

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Scott Edward Anderson is the founder of the popular blog, The Green Skeptic. A cleantech investor and entrepreneur, he founded VerdeStrategy, and is currently a director with EY's (Ernst &...

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“This is an invitation to change everything.”

 
Right. 
 
So says the notice about the (so-called) People’s Climate March. It goes on to say, 

“In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.”

 
 
Blah, blah, blah. Yet another UN summit on climate change that will result in a lot of hot air and empty promises, grand-standing, and long-winded proclamations and “commitments” that will never be fulfilled. No accountability, no solutions, just a lot of blah-blah and rhetoric and well-meaning folks taking to the streets.
 
Go ahead and march if you want. Hopefully, it’s a nice fall day and you can enjoy being outside. And hopefully, the NYC Police Department will be on its best behavior and won’t choke-hold marchers or tear-gas them.
 
Don’t you know you can count me out. Why? Don’t I believe that climate change is real? Am I really that much of a skeptic?
 
Yes, I believe the climate is changing, in some ways irrevocably and with consequences we’ll have to deal with in the near- and long-term, and in other ways we have no way of knowing what we’ve set in motion or how to stop it. I’ve witnessed it first-hand in places near and far.
 
But marches and UN summits will never solve this problem, and the strident, petulant voices leading the charge will never be heard. It’s just wasted energy (and wasted carbon from all that travel) that could be better spent finding, supporting, and investing in solutions. 
 
“Bend the course of history”? I’m sorry People’s Climate March, you won’t even succeed in bending anyone’s ear long enough to make a modicum of difference.
 
So here’s my Top 10 Reasons You Won’t See Me at the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21st:
 
10. Because even though John Lennon is one of my heroes, “Power to the People” was never one of my favorite Lennon songs.
 
9. “People, Planet and Peace Over Profit.” I’m not an either/or kind of guy. Besides, without profit, no change is a-coming, people. Find a way to make it profitable, and the change you seek will be the change we get.
 
8. One word: “portapotties.” 
 
7. The Patriots-Raiders game is on CBS at 1:00 PM Eastern.
 
6. The last time a UN summit on climate change accomplished something tangible and lasting was…was…anybody?
 
5. I actually have to be in Brooklyn with three of my six kids. (Whoa, before you shout me down, these three are stepchildren!)
 
4. Because I really don’t mind telling my grandkids that I wasn’t at “the largest climate march ever.” It may be that, but it will only be a blip on the radar screen of history. 
 
3. “Hope Not Heatwaves.” Seriously, they are still hanging on to that Hopey-Changey-Promisey stuff. How exactly did that work out again? 
 
2. Because the whole world may not actually be watching, but some folks from the NSA may be and they’ll be taking GPS coordinates on your ass from that day on.
 
And, finally, the Number 1 reason you won’t see me at the People’s Climate March:
 
I prefer to focus on solutions and meaningful, measurable, and sustainable action on climate change rather than hot air, empty promises, and acerbic rhetoric. 
 
“To Change Everything, We Need Everyone,” says one placard produced by the PCM. But they don’t really believe that any more than the Koch Brothers believe they are a “model company for a clean environment.”
 
Just more empty rhetoric and hot air. March on and turn your lights off, people, and try not to trip over your own naivete.

We all want to change the world, but this march isn’t going to change anything.

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Hops Gegangen on Sep 21, 2014

 

I recall back in ‘the late 80’s hearing a lot of news about people marching in the streets in eastern Europe, and holy smokes, all of a sudden the Soviet Union fell apart.

People need to see other people standing up, so they know they are not alone.

 

 

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Scott Edward Anderson on Sep 21, 2014

Thanks, Hops, for your comment. I have no objection  to others marching. My post was about why I am not there with them.

 

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Bob Meinetz on Sep 21, 2014

Scott, I’ll have to pass on the People’s Climate March as well due to my equally long list of more important things to do.

While the last “Hopey-Changey-Promisey” stuff has worked out spectacularly – by any measure – merely appropriating a slogan has never been a recipe for success.

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Robert Bernal on Sep 21, 2014

Perhaps a march for the development of a more powerful source cheaper and safer than coal!

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Hops Gegangen on Sep 21, 2014

 

I’m not marching either — too far to travel. But I applaud those who are taking the time to march.

The other thing we can do, without burning a lot of fuel, is take time out to write our representative in Congress.

And in the 2014 elections, I will certainly march to the polling station to vote for anyone in the way of climate legislation.

 

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Scott Edward Anderson on Sep 21, 2014

Thanks for your comment, Robert. Perhaps if every one of the Climate Marchers took the money they spent on gas, air, rail, or other travel, and invested in alternative energy solutions through vehicles like Mosaic or Solar City, or community-based energy projects at home or in developing countries, they’d accomplish more.

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Scott Edward Anderson on Sep 21, 2014

Thanks for your comment, Robert. Perhaps if every one of the Climate Marchers took the money they spent on gas, air, rail, or other travel, and invested in alternative energy solutions through vehicles like Mosaic or Solar City, or community-based energy projects at home or in developing countries, they’d accomplish more.

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Hops Gegangen on Sep 21, 2014

 

Tax carbon, remove all subsidies, and may the best source win.

 

 

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Robert Bernal on Sep 21, 2014

Taxing carbon would be great if only ALL the large countries would impose that dificulty upon themselves. The USA is mired in senseless enviro regs against rare earth element mining because of a tad bit of thorium. We could solve both the massive jobs loss to China AND the excess CO2 problem if we just overturn the great mistake of losing to China and not developing (some better form of) the molten salt reactor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxwF93wnRQo&list=UUXIdM7ABQ8b9FI495vbsHkA

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Joris van Dorp on Sep 22, 2014

“Find a way to make it profitable, and the change you seek will be the change we get.”

If only everyone would understand and agree with that.

Concerning the March, I have seen not a single placard calling for the Nuclear Option. That is typical. Fighting against climate change without supporting nuclear power is a complete waste of time.

At least the march has shown that rather a lot of people care about climate change. That is something. But do they care enough in order to put aside their anti-nuclear biases? Not yet, but they will, eventually. That day will be the day we can have hope again that climate change will be solved as soon as possible.

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Spec Lawyer on Sep 25, 2014

Thanks for letting us know how useless you are and have nothing useful to say.

 

Is there a way I can screen out future articles from the self-professed useless person?

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Spec Lawyer on Sep 25, 2014

Thanks for letting us know how useless you are and have nothing useful to say.

 

Is there a way I can screen out future articles from the self-professed useless person?

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Spec Lawyer on Sep 25, 2014

Solyndra was approved by the Bush administration.

 

And since when is it the President’s responsibility to fix the screw-ups of the oil industry?  Are you telling me the oil industry has no petroleum engineers?  That comment makes no sense.  

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Robert Bernal on Sep 26, 2014

What is so “useless” about saying “marches and UN summits are useless”???

You must ask yourself “Do I have an idea, an intellegent rebuttle or supporting facts? If not, then why would you even comment?

In this case, you might want to prove or disprove why “marches and UN summits are useless”.

I, OTOH, can only suggest the best possible solution, which is to develop the least costly yet most abundant source, at the intrinsic level, void of silly nimby and enviro (costly) restrictions.

We can all conserve regardless of the source (and that’s good), but it’s better to not have to.

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