Monthly Archives: January 2016
When the total direct and indirect costs of consuming and releasing Carbon are recognized to exceed the cost of alternatives, economic demand for alternatives will automatically increase both in production (solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, etc.) and consumption (electric vehicles, Hydrogen fuel cells, etc.). As with tobacco products and other detriments to society and the planet, Government’s role and responsibility is to tax or regulate what is not in the best interest of the population and subsidize what is.
Nations around the world, including the United States, need to fight the influence of the Carbon Energy Industrial Complex that attempts to block or destroy any technology that competes with their product through misinformation and political pressure. There will always be some people who deny facts or research that are counter to their religious beliefs or just resist being changed.
The only solution is continuous education and the knowledge that eventually everyone acts in their own economic self-interest. We need a tax on Carbon energy as soon as possible and continued subsidies on alternatives. If we can increase the popularity of distributed alternative energy technologies without degrading national electric grids around the world, we should move in that direction as well.
— Malcolm Baird, 26 January 2016
On this Martin Luther King Day, it is fitting to reprint below Martin Luther King Jr.’s acceptance speech upon receiving one of the four 1966 Margaret Sanger Awards given by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to honor the woman who founded America’s family planning movement.
1966 was the first year of the award. The other recipients that year were Dr. Carl G. Hartman, General William H. Draper Jr., and President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Recently, the press has been filled with reports of sightings of flying saucers. While we need not give credence to these stories, they allow our imagination to speculate on how visitors from outer space would judge us. I am afraid they would be stupefied at our conduct. They would observe that for death planning we spend billions to create engines and strategies for war. They would also observe that we spend millions to prevent death by disease and other causes. Finally they would observe that we spend paltry sums for population planning, even though its spontaneous growth is an urgent threat to life on our planet. Our visitors from outer space could be forgiven if they reported home that our planet is inhabited by a race of insane men whose future is bleak and uncertain.
There is no human circumstance more tragic than the persisting existence of a harmful condition for which a remedy is readily available. Family planning, to relate population to world resources, is possible, practical and necessary. Unlike plagues of the dark ages or contemporary diseases we do not yet understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with resources we possess.
What is lacking is not sufficient knowledge of the solution but universal consciousness of the gravity of the problem and education of the billions who are its victims.