by Susan Eustis
Hurricane Sandy brought devastation to the Central Atlantic coast and New York City. This has seemed to raise awareness to the issues of global warming and the need for leadership on this cogent issue. Susan and Susie Eustis have a new update of their book “After Florida and the Netherlands are Underwater, It Is Toooooooooo LATE.” In light of the recent events from the storm Sandy, and Japan’s virtual abandonment of nuclear power after the tsunami, this topic takes on new meaning. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg put out a strong call to pay attention to climate change as portions of his city were still underwater.
Citing initiatives to counter climate change Bloomberg called for more action. The mayor’s stand is a storm-caused change: “We need leadership from the White House — and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption including setting higher fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “His administration also has adopted tighter controls on mercury emissions, which will help close the dirtiest coal power plants . . which kill 13,000 Americans a year.”
Environmentalist Bill McKibben, who kicks off a 21-city “Do the Math” tour in Seattle on Wednesday, applauded Bloomberg and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for forceful statements on the impact of climate change as a cause of extreme weather. Storms that have battered both coasts, droughts and heat waves are of concern.
As recognition comes that global warming is a very real crisis the book “After Florida and the Netherlands are Underwater, It Is Toooooooooo LATE” takes on more meaning. This proof of concept book describes how renewable energy can be used in every home and retail establishment all over the world. The technology that makes it possible to store renewable energy for use during periods of low sun and low wind is what makes renewable energy viable.
Energy storage density is provided by a combination of campus based hydrogen fuel cells and the solid state thin film battery. Nanotechnologies for solar panels, micro wind generators, and LED lights are evolving likewise. Thin film technology is evolving.
The thesis of the book is that local energy is needed to supplement the grid. Renewable energy technology has become viable and can be useful for the home, now. Everyone can try renewable energy and adjust the systems to meet their particular personal needs. Everyone is different and will use the systems in a little different way. There are distinct steps that need to be taken in a particular order before people can make renewable energy work in their homes and local stores. Those steps are outlined in order in this book.