Going forward.  Here are links to some resources that can give us hope that solving this is possible.

 
  1. Eric Schmidt on Strategies and Solutions for Energy Security, hosted by the NRDC in NY:  This one is half an hour and a good place to start.

  2. Eric Schmidt at Commonwealth Club: This one is an hour and a lot of the content is included in the NRDC talk but it is worth hearing at least the introduction of Mr. Schmidt, so you can have an idea of his journey.

  3. Google’s 2030 Energy Plan by Jeffery Greenblatt, Ph.D., Climate and Energy Technology  Manager, Google.org (This is not necessarily here so you can read the plan, though some of you might want to and have the time.  I put this link here so that when you hear Mr. Schmidt refer to it you can at least know that it is real and accessible.)

  1. Some highlights I recall from listening to the above (not necessarily quotes):

  2. There is more money in the private sector than the public.

  3. One of Google’s alternative energy projects cost over $2,000,000.  They expect to recover that cost in about two and a half years.  (Webmaster comments: After that the investment represents $1,000,000 added to Google’s bottom line each year.)

  4. Not long after that Mr. Schmidt heard that Toyota was developing a plan that was over 50% larger.

  5. A plug in hybrid that goes 200 miles per gallon is not only possible it is being developed.

Please send me any highlights you notice as you listen that

are worth sharing:  ttgbmail@gmail.com

One of the most important events, since I started this site, is the emergence of             <350.org  as a powerful force in the preparation for kicking our addiction to cheap oil.  Driven by Bill McKibben’s passion and the millions of people around the world who have responded to his call for action, <350.org is poised to become the agent for change in the mindset of leaders of all kinds.  
And here is a link to a talk he gave at a Slow Money Conference in June, 2010.
United Response, Human Extinction, Kicking the Habit:
A united global response from leaders of all kinds may be the only way to avert the worst possible outcome which I am assuming you would agree is the possible extinction of the human race.  Of course there are less dramatic outcomes of global warming that would still be horrendous, but to me that one is the one we need to have in our minds as we develop ways to mitigate the damage we have done.  I have learned recently that the first step in recovery from addiction is to admit the existence of it, next to recognize the damage it has caused and continues to cause, to confess our addiction and ask for forgiveness from those we have hurt and then commit to stop.  
I had begun to suspect that this might be the story so I was alert when I saw a link to an 11 minute video called, “Tipping Point”.  If you’re ready to find out why we all must do everything we can now, I can recommend this experience. 
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Here are some other sources - the web is full of them once you start looking - so please pass on to me any you find and I’ll add them to this page...

I thought I was done updating this page when one of you sent me a link to  “Good News, India”  and, since this page is about Hope & Passion I had to add this quote from that page:

“A
few, like Mangu Ram, remembered the old ways. He led Rajendra Singh and his friends to a place where they began to dig. It was the first johad in forty years. A johad is a dug-out pond, created at a place chosen with native wisdom, informed by remembered patterns of water flow during the rains. After the rains, water stays in for months and recharges the wells nearby. The success of the first johad switched on the collective memory of the people. And enthusiastic construction began all around, guided by elders. When the 650th johad was dug out, close to the forgotten river bed of the Arvari, the river 'woke up' at the next rains and began to run! And has done so, round the year for two years now. At Hamirpura it is a broad river supporting year-round agriculture on it's banks. Today all over Rajasthan the TBS model pioneered by Rajendra Singh, is spreading.  There are 3500 'people-made' water conservation structures. Villagers contribute one third the cost of all construction. TBS organises the rest.  Government at last, has stopped being a hindrance and begun to be a facilitator. President Narayanan, flew down to Hamirpur to pay tribute to the villagers.”