For over twenty years, he answered the phone: “This is Dr. Griff Blakewood, Dept. of Renewable Resources.” With his passing, ULL no longer provides an opening for students to explore renewable energy, a clear, certain global trend.
Earth’s Industrial Revolution was powered by burning cheap fossil fuels. Each year it is estimated we burn about seven billion tons of fossil fuels that will ultimately threaten all life on Earth.
Will we pay attention to conservationist prophets, or chose to live like the last generation by our refusal to progress in non-carbon, renewable energy sources? The prophet’s responsibility is “to give them a warning.” (Ezekiel 3:16)
Although traffic jams could easily slow the flow of vehicles to the point where walking was faster, no mayor had the gumption to pass legislation reducing the speed to 25 m.p.h. Mayor John Lindsay in the 1970’s challenged residents by declaring, “You have every right to enter NYC, but you do not have a right to bring a ton of metal (before plastic was a vital component of cars) with you.”
While some university degree holders and elected officials deny what Mr. Judice and my father sensed as students of nature, these two non-degreed men by simply observing drastic natural changes had “Masters in Earth’s misery.” plus PhD’s in nature’s poverty.
Climate change and global warming are topics of derision and condemnation by a shrinking number still espousing their “Flat Earth” mentality.
“If it had been the design of human history to bring Earth to the edge of ruin, there is no better mechanism than the free market economy.” The teacher and I were amazed that none of the adult students could return the compound concept.
As carbon dioxide levels approach 400 parts per million (ppm) stressful questions remain about the rise of ocean levels. Earth and billions of people await a gradual transition to an economy that is carbon neutral.
University of Chicago educator Mortimer Adler (1902-2002) wrote How To Read a Book (1949) in which the scholar concluded: “If, after graduation from an institution of higher learning, we do not have the desire to read, study and learn for the rest of our lives, our education has been a total failure.”
Never did I hear a word that day in Port Arthur, nor have I ever read of one totally certain geological fact that the New Madrid fault, six times larger than the San Andreas, is exactly within the pathway of KXL’s journey down to the Gulf of Mexico.