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Arnie on fossil fuels v's renewables

 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:19 pm    Post subject: Arnie on fossil fuels v's renewables Reply with quote

From the Exponential Investor email of 1st February 2019. It's an old quote but I haven't seen it before and thought it a very useful quote to have in the locker.

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Arnie joins the fight against big oil
Back in 2015, Arnold Schwarzenegger made the best argument I have ever seen in favour of dumping oil and going green.

Instead of trying to argue whether man-made climate change is or isn’t real, he took a different tack.

Here is how his post began:

I see your questions.

Each and every time I post on my Facebook page or tweet about my crusade for a clean energy future, I see them.

There are always a few of you, asking why we should care about the temperature rising, or questioning the science of climate change.

I want you to know that I hear you. Even those of you who say renewable energy is a conspiracy. Even those who say climate change is a hoax. Even those of you who use four letter words.

I've heard all of your questions, and now I have three questions for you.

Let's put climate change aside for a minute. In fact, let's assume you're right.

First - do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution? That's more than murders, suicides, and car accidents - combined.

Every day, 19,000 people die from pollution from fossil fuels. Do you accept those deaths? Do you accept that children all over the world have to grow up breathing with inhalers?

Now, my second question: do you believe coal and oil will be the fuels of the future?

Besides the fact that fossil fuels destroy our lungs, everyone agrees that eventually they will run out. What's your plan then?

I, personally, want a plan. I don't want to be like the last horse and buggy salesman who was holding out as cars took over the roads. I don't want to be the last investor in Blockbuster as Netflix emerged. That's exactly what is going to happen to fossil fuels.

A clean energy future is a wise investment, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either wrong, or lying. Either way, I wouldn't take their investment advice.


But it was his final question that really sticks in my memory:

I have a final question, and it will take some imagination.

There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.

I want you to pick a door to open, and enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.

I'm guessing you chose the Door Number Two, with the electric car, right? Door number one is a fatal choice - who would ever want to breathe those fumes?

This is the choice the world is making right now.


And he is right, the world is making that choice.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do love the image & caption from that - "COME WITH ME IF YOU WANT TO LIVE." (spoken in flat, matter-of-fact accent)

https://snowbrains.com/arnold-schwarzenegger-doesnt-give-a-that-you-dont-believe-in-climate-change/
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