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(Friday) 4.24.15

Professor Richard Muller on Climate Change & the Optimistic Future

 “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

Meet Professor Richard Muller. He, along with his daughter, is one of the people who decided what kind of difference he wants to make. Fortunately for all of us, it is a positive one.

At the Berkley Earth Foundation, the father-daughter team of the Mullers conduct scientific research in an attempt to address the issues presented by climate change.

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And while they do, in fact, believe that global warming and climate change do exist, they are a little wary of labeling every single Earthly threat directly caused by it: “When the general public says ‘it was hot today’ or ‘we had a huge snowstorm in the east’… those are issues that when you look at the science you discover that have to average literally hundreds of sites, maybe thousands, and look at the data very carefully before you attribute something to global warming. I think we need to stop global warming, but this idea that we’re going to do it by getting rid of fossil fuels is doomed to failure because it is the cheapest source of energy for much of the developing world and they want to develop the same standard of living we have.”

However, that empathy doesn’t deter him from identifying the biggest climate catastrophe as air pollution, and in the aforementioned developing world no less. The answer? Switching countries like China off coal to natural gas and nuclear power through “measures that will not impede or slow their economic growth.”

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As for who’s ultimately to blame? To him, the blame game is unproductive; it is better to look forward than backward.

“I’m enormously optimistic about the future,” he says. “If you look at the world objectively, there’s a great future. Think and educate yourself, look up things, be questioning, be skeptical —it’s your duty to be skeptical — and recognize that we live in a great world and what we’re really looking to do is keep it great and to make it even greater.”

“I believe for our children, and grandchildren, and great grandchildren, it really is worth doing something.”

We here at The Inertia Mountain agree… we wholeheartedly agree.

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