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ESF - Oregon Greening Strategy

This is what we believe Oregon should do as it's share of fixing the climate.

This is intended to be congruent with the work of Mark Z. Jacobson. Wikipedia says of his work:

Jacobson advocates a speedy transition to renewable energy and renewable energy alone, to reduce the potential acceleration of global warming, including the disappearance of the Arctic Sea ice. Jacobson co-founded the non-profit Solutions Project in 2011 along with Marco Krapels, Mark Ruffalo, and Josh Fox. The Solutions Project, a political advocacy group, combines presentations of science, business, and culture in an effort to influence energy policy switches to the “100% renewable world”.
Zhang (2008, pp. 2901, 2902) calls Jacobson's model “the first fully-coupled online model in the history that accounts for all major feedbacks among major atmospheric processes based on first principles.”[7]

It is also intended to be congruent with Dr. James Hanson's work as reported by Mary Wood of University of Oregon in | this testimony to the Oregon State Legislature. That said:

The bottom line is that James Hansen believes the requirements for saving the environment for our grandchildren requires: the following Decarbonization and Drawdown that we elaborate on.

  1. An immediate DecarbonizationChapter – move from carbon fuels to solar, wind, storage, etc. that don't burn carbon – with approximately a 7% per year decrease. We are not talking about stopping at some “modest levels”, but essentially completely weaning the world from carbon fuels. Why wean the world from carbon fuels? For answer,(Click Here) .
    1. We find it useful to separate decarbonization into
      1. Green the Grid
        This means to supply all electricity to the grid from non-carbon-fuel sources. Green electricity means No fossil fuels or biofuels.
      2. Move nearly all energy uses to green electricity - mostly on the grid.
        1. Transportation should be dominated by Electric Vehicles
        2. Building Heating and Air Conditioning should move to Ground Sourced Heat Pumps
      3. Eliminate fugitive GHGs
        1. fugitive methane is a big issue
          1. as a leakage from fossil fuel
          2. as a leakage from biological processes
            1. both anthropogenic and
            2. out in the wild
        2. other gases such as refrigerants
  2. Drawdown: – Chapter - Removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through ecologically sound projects around the globe that harness the soil’s ability to sequester carbon. (Since this is a world-wide number, Oregon's share would likely be in the 0.1 to 0.2 Gigaton range. I suggest a range here, because we have about 0.1% of the world's current emission rate – but we have a forest that should be one of the most dense sequesterers of carbon in the world.
    1. The first step would be removal of 100 Gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere as a first step toward returning the CO2 in our atmosphere to pre-industrual-revolution levels of about 260-280 ppm.
    2. The 350 ppm target we originally hoped never to exceed is the next target. It was considered as the highest “safe amount” for us to be limited to.
    3. Further Drawdown steps will be necessary to complete restoration of the CO2 in our atmosphere to pre-industrual-revolution levels of about 260-280 ppm.

The above outline will be chapters in the further statement of our definition of the solution. Follow the links.

esf_-_oregon_greening_strategy.txt · Last modified: 2020/05/30 20:08 by admin