We need to develop more, diverse, renewable ways to meet our growing energy needs. Even the most adamant of tree-huggers and climate-change deniers could agree on that. The question is the extent to which fossil fuels continue to be a source of that energy.
There's a surprising number of folks out there who don't accept that human activity is causing global warming. 49 US Senators, for instance. And 40% of all Americans, according to a 2014 Gallup poll. Some don't believe global warming is occurring at all. Why are we so divided on this issue? How can we get past the divisiveness, and align on some positive action to take?
As I continue reading and thinking about this, I realize there’s more than one way to frame the issue. And how it's framed might impact the possibilities for agreement and action.
Here's the "Climate Change Classic" frame:
Climate change and carbon dioxide emissions:
Here's another frame:
Population and energy:
It seems safe to make a couple of assumptions at this point:
The difference is the extent to which fossil fuels will continue to be a source of energy.
And there are other ways to frame the issue – economics, health, morality, justice, etc.
Ideally we could land on a common frame, and common language, to come together and take action. But if that's not possible, maybe we can at least agree on what's common to all the frames.