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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

Global warming

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