Poor thinking a tough nut to crack in climate change discussions

Forrest Johnson

Author’s note: Thought this one might again be appropriate during a warm summer in what will likely be another warmest year on the planet.

Once again the National Union of Friendly Americans (NUFA) has been called upon to assist reticent nations and citizens in coming to terms with climate change.
So … NUFA social scientists and bartenders have taken it upon themselves to try and educate the populace that pollution continues to fill up our only breathing space, that tiny, minuscule eggshell thin atmospheric wrap of gases good and bad that keep this planet from becoming a lifeless piece of planetary rock with a molten core.

It is filling faster than we ever imagined and there’s no end in sight as economies the world over have ramped up their economocracies and econocommies as fast as they can dam rivers and drill oil and dig coal from mountaintops that have been eviscerated.

It certainly didn’t take long to convince the millions of NUFA members worldwide that we are living in a very tenuous space where breathable gases, both good and bad, exist. Obviously folks who ignore climate change must believe that gases both good and bad simply float upward from the planet and dissipate into the endless void of space.

If it were only so simple.

Imagine the wrap of breathable space around us. The bulk of that breathable space exists from ground level to a mere four to five miles above our heads, that’s it. This great big blue planet and that’s all the breathable space we get.
Filling that breathable space with all sorts of man-made pollution for the past couple of centuries hasn‘t improved our quality of life. The planet can’t digest it all as fast as we can pollute it.

Here’s the one-time offer.         

You change your mind and lose the goofy notion that this is all a grand scientific hoax and you drink free at NUFA establishments across the globe. That’s where the bartenders come in. You give up on that silly notion that the planet’s environment is hunky dory, peachy keen and you drink free. Forever. Our bartenders mean business as the planet continues to warm minute by minute.

NUFA negotiators will make the case that developed nations have done plenty of harm the past couple of cen-turies burning fossil fuels like there was no tomorrow and creating a life of convenience unparalleled in human history. Healthy doses of Scandinavian guilt will be meted out in portions large enough to change a few minds about who the culprits have been.

Time worn facts about excessive consumption will be featured as the planet continues to warm minute by minute. Yes, we’ll need to drag out the numbing notion that it would take a couple of extra solar systems to provide enough resources for a planet full of people to live like we do in the USA. Since we consume in the neighborhood of 20-25 percent of the world’s resources to be able to host the Super Bowl and build magnificent cities in the desert we kind of forgot about the other 190 countries around the globe that are trying to own as many cars and TVs as we do.

We at NUFA hope that American cultural and political will can confront the challenge of climate change and accept its role in the problem.
We also don’t believe that will happen without a revolution of sorts.

We’re not alone in the exorbitant consumption game. Western Civilization as we know it has now been able to convince much of the rest of the world that they, too, wish to live in opulence beyond what our planet can provide. Fast foods and name brands circle the globe. Who wouldn’t want a talking car and a high definition television nearly as wide as the screen in a movie theater. Give me two.

We’re beyond the tipping point of reining in personal consumption caused by mindless economic growth. Minds won’t be changed in the United States, China or Guatemala in time to save the planet. People want more and America has set a shining example of the consumer-gone-out-of-control standard for everyone.

NUFA won’t sit idly by. Working with the leading vacuum cleaner researchers, NUFA engineers are developing the first industrial scale carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas vacuum that has the potential to skirt the political and economic stalemate and solve at least a portion of the problem. Poor thinking still exists but it may buy us the time to allow folks to take us up on our NUFA “Drink Forever Free” offer. Once completed the vast soon-to-be-patented portable unit should be able to recycle “just the right amount” of CO2 and methane out of the atmosphere in less time that it takes to run your car through the car wash.

Calculations are also being worked out that would allow the vacuum to be converted in the field so it could also vacuum up the poor thinking that now seems to infest most modern cultures along with their political structures and feebleminded economies that have somehow blended into a single entity.

According to a lead engineer assigned to the project, “That poor thinking part could be the toughest nut to crack.”