Living in a Paradox

Mountains and ice-filled basins of Greenland; June 2014.

“I used to think the top global environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address these problems. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation, and we scientists don’t know how to do that.” (James Gustave Speth)

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Thoughts on California Proposition 30

Hot-rod detail, Cardiff By The Sea, California; November 2010.

While this coming election makes a lot of choices really easy* there’s Proposition 30, on the California ballot: this is an environmental/climate related measure and simpy put, it would tax higher incomes (above $2 million annually) in order to help speed up the adoption of and transition to electric vehicles (via tax credits, charging infrastructure investments). A smaller amount of the collected tax would go towards wildfire prevention measures, and all that is bundled into some kind of “clean air” language. I guess that all sounds rather good?

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Not Quiet

First morning light hits a tangle of dry, frosty plant stalks. Rancho Bernardo, California; January 2021.

Supposedly, December and the days and weeks before Christmas are “the quiet time of the year.” Naturally, the Southern California weather doesn’t really help to induce any winter feelings — it’s supposed to rain a little bit this week, at least — but I don’t see it or feel it, either way: the annual Holiday madness is in full swing.

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