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Global Warming. It’s Real, It’s Here, and It Creates Jobs! David Heimann Green Group Boston. The Takeaway Crisis = Danger plus Opportunity. Danger The world may become a far less comfortable place in which to live

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global warming

Global Warming

It’s Real, It’s Here, and It Creates Jobs!

David Heimann

Green Group Boston

the takeaway crisis danger plus opportunity
The TakeawayCrisis = Dangerplus Opportunity
  • Danger
    • The world may become a far less comfortable place in which to live
    • The USA may remain dependent on scarce fuels from unstable unfriendly countries
    • Other countries may surpass us in developing the new economy, leaving us as a third-world backwater
  • Opportunity
    • We can create millions of new jobs and invigorate the economy for years to come
    • We can draw on renewable fuels that last indefinitely
    • We can live in a way that we can “Live Long and Prosper”
  • Greenhouse effect – Light enters an enclosed space, becomes heat, and cannot readily leave.
  • Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (together with other gases such as methane) cause a greenhouse effect on Earth.
  • The more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the warmer the atmosphere becomes.
  • At the time of the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of GHG was 250 PPM. Since then, it has been steadily increasing.
  • In recent years, this increase has accelerated. In 1960 it was 315 PPM. In 1980 it was 336 PPM. In 2000 it was 370 PPM. It is now 380 PPM.
  • The higher the concentration, the higher is the average global temperature, and the higher is the variability around that average.
  • The decade ending in 2009 was the warmest decade on record.
  • 2009 itself was the second warmest year since 1880, when modern temperature measurement began. The warmest year was 2005.
  • Average global temperatures have trended upward by 0.36 oF per decade over the past 30 years. The variability of temperatures has also increased.

Source: NASA, via NY Times January 22, 2010

with this temperature result
With This Temperature Result

Source: If It’s That Warm, How Come It’s So Damned Cold? [Hansen, Ruedy, Sato, Lo]

or this over a longer time frame
Or This, Over a Longer Time Frame

Source: 2006 report of the US National Academy of Science

resulting already in this
Resulting, Already, In This
  • In the polar regions, especially the Arctic, the temperature rises are much higher than average.
  • This leads to much stronger effects than in the rest of the world.
  • The Arctic unwittingly serves as the “miner’s canary”.
so how does global warming create jobs
So How Does Global Warming Create Jobs?
  • In order to reduce global warming, less greenhouse gases must be emitted.
  • To do this, fossil fuel use must be strongly reduced.
  • How can we do this?
    • Use renewable energy, such as solar and wind
      • Creates many jobs!
    • Energy efficiency, such as higher-mileage cars and energy-efficient buildings
      • Creates many jobs!
    • Retrofit old power plants, buildings, machines, etc.
      • Creates many jobs!
jobs jobs jobs
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Source: Job Rapido (, August 2010

jobs in california
Jobs in California
  • Source: Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California
  • David Roland-Holst – Next 10
jobs in massachusetts
Jobs in Massachusetts

Source: Job Rapido (, August 2010

jobs in new hampshire
Jobs in New Hampshire

Source: Job Rapido (, August 2010

but we can t wait long
But We Can’t Wait Long!

Source: New York Times, January 30, 2010

Source: Job Rapido (

so what to do
So What To Do?
  • As a consumer
    • Buy energy efficient products (from light bulbs to cars and houses)
    • Make your home energy efficient (appliances, insulation, programmed thermostats, etc.
    • Take advantage of the green tax and economic incentives
  • As an employee
    • Get qualified for some really cool careers, such as
      • Energy auditors, green-home dealers and installers
      • Wind and solar dealers, installers, consultants
      • Software development for green industries

So What To Do?

  • As a citizen
    • In your city or town
      • Have your locality use green facilities and vehicles
      • Have your stores carry green products
      • Encourage the use of mass transit and paratransit
    • In your state
      • Have the Legislature pass laws such as the Green Communities Act in Massachusetts
    • Nationally
      • Create a level playing field that allows all energy sources to be evaluated on their full costs and benefits, then let the free market act:
        • Externalize the price of global warming through actions such as a carbon charge or carbon cap
        • Ensure that renewable energy and efficiency receive the same level of support as do fossil fuels.
so what to do1
So What To Do?
  • As a Citizen -- Call your Senators and tell them to pass strong energy and climate legislation
    • Massachusetts
      • Scott Brown, (202) 224-4543
      • John Kerry, (202) 224-2742
    • New Hampshire
      • Judd Gregg, (202) 224-3324
      • Jeanne Shaheen, (202) 224-2841