Tim Wirth and the World is Catching On

February 9, 2007 at 10:23 pm 2 comments

Ted Turner and Timothy Wirth

Photo Courtesy of HappyKatie

Ted Turner and Timothy Wirth talked at the Houston World Affairs Council.

The subject was fascinating. The two discussed changes and looking forward to the future of energy and its impact on the environment. The talk was littered with phrases like Peak Oil and Kyoto Treaty. I do rate Tim Wirth as a much more valid speaker on the subject than Ted Turner, as Tim was intimately involved with energy and the United Nations versus Ted’s incredibly important financial contributions.

Global WarmingProbably the”big story” is that pretty much everyone in the world and in the energy industry agrees on the data for global warming. And they agree that something must be done. Now the task boils down to execution. And that is where the train has derailed a little.

The Kyoto protocol has been open for signature since 1997, and not much movement in the lines of regulation for Green House Gasses on a government level has been achieved. In Tim Wirth’s oppinion the failure for movement comes down to countries trying to negotiate what is “fair” for them. Meaning how much “green house gasses” can one country legally release into the air versus another country. Developing countries don’t have the funds or technology as major industrialized countries, so they don’t have the same access or economy to limit. This is where the trouble spot is.

Now, I don’t know much about being a politician, but I do know the answer to the “not fair” question. Fairness is a judgement of your situation versus someone else. Relativity does not work. You can come up with a “relative solution” in your favor to nearly any argument… without actually solving anything.

  1. “Dad, that’s not fair, Dayna gets a cell phone and I don’t?”
  2. “Man, that’s not fair. Joe gets a promotion and I don’t. Joe is a bad person because he does….”
  3. “Jenna’s parents don’t make her clean her own room! Why do I have to?”

When you compare yourself to someone else you can always find a way that you have been “slighted” or are more deserving, etc. Just look at the kids in Taylor high school that drive around in a great car, while I put along in the “hyund” with a dent in the back? I could say it isn’t fair?

Here is the truth: If you always compare yourself to someone else, you can never be happy. Relativity sucks – Unless it is relativity related to your personal best.

I do agree in comparing and rating yourself. I think you should do it every day. You should strive for your personal best every day! I don’t want you to think the opposite of what I am saying either. You should never settle or say that a result is great just because it is your personal best. What if they let me build the space shuttle? My current personal best at “rocket science” is going to get a lot of astronauts on fire. However, I do believe I could learn how to manage the creation of even a space shuttle. It’s just going to take the help of others and a great deal of resources.

So the thought process I am talking about for the energy crisis is a change from “legal driven protective measures on what you should have versus someone else” to a change that says “we can do better, and not just better, we can save the world from inevitable global warming and we can cut emissions radically without spinning wheels (some detractors of Kyoto say that scientific data supports that major changes that would be economically will only result in a minor or almost non-existent result anyways)

The changes in energy will happen. I propose that it will not be taxation by governments ( “legal driven protective measures on what you should have versus someone else”) but instead economic factors that will cause business to innovate ways to excel. (“we can do better”)

The lead element in the change will be the cost of energy that pushes us towards more renewable and clean sources even now. Let’s face it, $3.00 per gallon gas makes driving a “Ford Dually” pretty difficult. Also, the electric bills aren’t getting less expensive. Uggghhhh.

If we all drove a Toyota Prius, like Ted Turner claims he does, then we would make a huge impact on energy. For the first time I am thinking of makeing a move to hybrid. I begin to see an economic benefit, as well as a social one.

So, let’s all get involved. Involvement lead by businesses and the great american self relativity that says I can do better than anyone expects. My personal best has no limits.

If every country “stalemated” in the “Kyoto Protocol” did their best, we would at least be moving in the right direction. Like “Jack Welch” says, “We need a lot less strategy, and a lot more action.”

Rebba’s Toyota Prius

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mark  |  February 14, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Nice article, but really love the photograph and the photographer. She’s so amazing. This photo was taken in Iceland. And the two girls are the same person (and they are both the photographer)!

    Check her work out on flickr:

    River of lava flowing into Meradalir, July 11.
  • 2. katya  |  February 14, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    Good post! I agree – a little goes a long way when it comes to these ginormous crises (=global warming). Hybrid cars, carpooling, re-using/re-cycling,

    Ultimately, it will be these alternative fuel sources that make the final difference. It’s cool to know that such heavy hitters are taking this seriously and moving things forward (hopefully?).

    Here’s an interesting tidibt – Al Gore is offering $25 million for anyone who comes up with a solution to global warming in the ‘Virgin Earth Challenge’:


    Money is a big motivator, so perhaps this prize will help motivate some innovation within the private sector?


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