Exploration

State of the Earth

Guest: Lori Bonjiorno, Green, Greener, Greenest.

Hosted by Dr. Michio Kaku.

  • Michael Sauber

    As a former Energy Specialist with a local municipality I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the Green, Greener Greenest Program. Indeed many of the things suggested one could do to reduce our own individual carbon footprint were valid, but the magnitude of each was not put into proper perspective. Before I go further, let me say that I am not a strict vegan. I do eat fish and poultry, but never beef anymore. This is where the matter of magnitude each suggestion comes in. Eating as much red meat as the average American has more of an impact than does driving a fuel guzzling car. Many studies have shown that driving a Prius instead of a Hummer has less of an impact than simply changing ones diet away from red meat in particular and animal based protein, going further. Just REDUCING the amount would far surpass most all other suggestions combined.

    One third of the land mass of the western US is public land that is grazed by cattle. Although it is supposed to be “managed” by our paid federal employees from our tax dollars, unfortunately the wealthy cattle industry lobbyists ensure that their cattle get what they need and our wildlife suffers greatly, as well as watersheds, birding, backpacking and other valid uses of our lands. Grazing is the largest single cause of species endangerment.
    On the topic of home lighting, I was surprised all reduction was suggested going to Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs). At this point, given the long life of LEDs and the the mercury needed to produce CFLs I was quite surprised to not have the suggestion of LEDs instead. I Assumed at this point that this was an old program that was re-aired, but no.
    Just some thoughts.

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