Carbon-Free, Fast by Dennis Peterson
Aug 20, 2014
Getting rid of old infrastructure similar to prior initiatives to encourage replacement of old cars or proposals to get rid of dirty power plants to reduce acid rain. The challenge with latter was getting political agreement due to different interests of the states, and similar issues could well apply at international level. Forms of carbon pricing are established policy ideas. They would probably make a big difference in curtailing emissions and encouraging rapid uptake of new technologies (which may be immature). Proposal doesn't address the question of how to get such policies adopted at the national level, or technological issues with cryptocurrencies, or for that matter why the use of cryptocurrencies is necessary for this scheme.
Aug 24, 2014
Thanks, I've added material to the "What Actions" section, under the "How to attain" and "Sequestration" subheads.
Aug 24, 2014
Also added a bit to the ClimateCoin part of the Sub-proposal section.
Aug 26, 2014
I like the ample number of ideas and methods proposed. I believe that demostrative pilot systems should be used for some of the proposals. This idea of coal pricing has to be modeled taking into account its negative aspects and influences.
Aug 31, 2014
SkyTran is building a pilot PRT system in Tel Aviv: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27995437 I'm sure there will be some economic disruption in coal pricing. I would argue that it's unlikely to be near as damaging as the effects of continuing to burn coal. Here's a new article that highlights the importance of shutting down fossil plants before end of life: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/committed_carbon_emissions_are_rising_fast_20140830
Sep 12, 2014
The Judges are developing their comments and will be posting them shortly. Good luck in the voting period!
Sep 15, 2014
Dear Dennis Thank you for your answer and useful links after my comment to your proposal. Congratulations on having being selected as a finalist. I wish you the best look in the final selection. Sincerely Enrique Posada
Sep 15, 2014
Comments from Judges: - Some new concepts, but primarily focuses on the practical hurdles that need to be overcome. This proposal presents reframing that attacks a big problem. Specifically, if you’re going for an aggressive target, you have to retire the dirty power, and doing it with a carbon price alone, you might have to have such a high price that it’s politically unfeasible. I like the pragmatic nature of this proposal, and there is some novelty in going after the big dirties. We typically try to go with policies that impose a uniform national standard, but you can get the same impact by attacking the 100 worst offenders. In this way, the proposal attacks a nagging problem in the energy system. We’ll need to retire the lion’s share of the dirty power plant stock, some of it only 10-15 years old, to get to 2 degress Celsius.
Osero Shadrack Tengeya
Sep 17, 2014
Hi Dennis and your friends, consider voting for my proposal shown on this link. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300206/planId/1002 Thanks.
Sep 20, 2014
How about initiating with "Saving & Spreading the Fruit Seeds" as an initial sensitizing program to orient people towards ecological and social concerns! following is the link to one such program. Kindly go through it and consider. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300103/planId/1310401 Thanks.
Sep 23, 2014
Hi Dennis, Please consider voting for my proposal, https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300801/planId/1309001 Good luck with your entry! Asante/Thank-you @conserveaction
Sep 29, 2014
Pragmatism unleashed. As a staunch proponent of both climate change mitigation and economic inequality mitigation (preferably prevention in both cases – but that coal-fired slave ship has long since sailed), Dennis' exhaustive proposal hits all the pertinent highlights of a proto-sustainable socioeconomic policy. Indeed, "Carbon-Free, Fast" brings an almost multidisciplinarian attention to system dynamics to the table. By outlining a pragmatic path forwards for reversing prevailing negative trends and externalities, this proposal substantially increases the likelihood of bipartisan support. In a grim-dark era of seemingly intractable political gridlock, only proposals uniting a plurality of otherwise derisively divided constituencies are likely to pass through the eye of the Overton Window into the purview of mainstream debate. As a software engineer, I appreciate the emphasis on cryptocurrencies. ClimateCoin (and like-minded peer-to-peer redistributionary schemes) offers a real-world vehicle for implementing an unconditionally global basic income guarantee (BIG), the cornerstone of economic inequality mitigation. Unmistakably, we face centralized roadblocks (corporate, governmental, and psychological) to change. A cryptocurrency irrepressibly (and equitably) wedded to carbon accounting negates the seemingly non-negligible: the age-old urge to cling, in urgent times of stress, to old and broken permutations of the status quo. If societal norms will not admit mitigation, then let normalcy itself be migigated. Whatever the sacrificial way forward, only cohesive strikes at the root of multiple seemingly independent issues will suffice. And Dennis has done just that.
Sep 30, 2014
Awesome work Dennis!! :D
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