These months, I have been hard at work on my new book. And, in truth, until it is completed I am unlikely to make many public statements or blog entries. So until then…
My name is Daniel Rirdan and I am the one who initiated Get Real. I want to share with you where things stand with it.
At some stage, I had to ask myself if I really means what I wrote in the book.
Just got posted. Five authors, myself included, debate climate change implications, post-oil world, and the future in general in three 10 minute videos on YouTube–Richard Heinberg, James Howard Kunstler, Jorgen Randers, Daniel Rirdan, Ozzie Zehner.
Earth is owned by no one and is home to all. In accordance, everyone ought to have unrestricted rights of passage, residence, and work throughout the planet.
The boundless panorama of the American Great Plains teemed with life. Camels treaded along the Missouri River and giant ground-sloth ambled about, towering over some of the widely dispersed trees of the prairie. Out in the vast open territories, herds of horses grazed the tall grass along with herds of pronghorns, mammoths, and bison. Packs of scimitar cats and majestic American lions closely trailed the grazing masses. Titanic condor-like birds flew under the big blue sky.
About 10,000 years ago, as the most recent spring era gave way to the long summer to come, most of these massive animals were dead.
Our ability to steer away from the ecological brink is questioned. Underlying this skepticism is the believe that our species is a real scum, as someone wrote.
We could be. It is all a matter of the social frameworks we operate under.
[open letter to fellow authors writing on the subject]
Many among you maintain that nuclear is the way to go. More to the point, many of you argue nuclear is the only way we can go—as solar and wind allegedly won’t cut the mustard. As it turns out, they would. In laboring through my recently-published book “The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse,” I modeled it and ascertained it to be so.
I have written to Thom Hartmann, the author of Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, the man behind the national radio talk show The Thom Hartmann Program. I have described my book and offered him a copy to look at. He asked him why I want him to see it. I replied:
What the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of our society switching to green technology? If it is the image of gleaming, squeaky clean PV panels on the rooftops, forget it. It is not going to scale—or otherwise make sense.