Jan 24, 2011

Emergence of Alternative Energy

“President Bush has a plan. He says that if we need to, we can lower the temperature dramatically just by switching from Fahrenheit to Celsius” –Jimmy Kimmel, on fighting global warming

This joke certainly reveals a lot about the background of climate change as well as anti-global warming activists. To begin with, we all know temperatures have been rising slowly, where 2010 was one of the warmest years in recorded history. We saw devastating floods in Pakistan, Australia and Brazil and deadly fires in Russia – it doesn't take much thinking to realize they were partially influenced by rising global temperatures.

Anti-Global Warming Activists have also been delaying progress in this area, and the above joke hints that. While this blog will not comment on President Bush’s policy about climate change, we do realize that there are plenty of players in the media as well as the state, who present obstacles when promising policies are brought to the table.

Despite this, alternative energy is getting plenty of attention and climate change lawsuits are becoming more popular. Sure, nobody had won such a case and it would be very difficult to hold companies responsible in this case, and that is what makes the trend interesting.

Whatever may happen, it sure is a relief that different forms of alternative energy are on the rise, whether it be solar power, wind power, hydel power or even efforts to reduce carbon footprints while relying on traditional electricity.