Guest Editorial: Ken Neugebauer, Climate change shouldn’t be pretext to harm technological advancement

Jasper Forest section of Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.

Ken Neugebauer, Guest Editorialist to The Golden Hammer

In discussing “climate change,” it cracks me up that folks think we humans can control the weather. Global warming and the history of the Earth is one of change, and sometimes that change is massive change that occurs over millions of years.
Our best bet to survive is what we have always done, and what humans do better than any other best: adapt. We need to use our resources to adapt and to help the small percentage of the global population who are negatively impacted.
Instead, the “green” push is to punish every inhabitant, including the most vulnerable, by taking away some technologies which help the poor out of poverty.
Billions of people around the world are continuing to suffer from poor access to water, sanitation, and hygiene. That should be the first focus. It’s a huge job, but it’s not “sexy green tech.”
We should take small steps using sustainable technology to help the poor, while we manage whatever “warming” occurs.
Ken Neugebauer is a retired engineer who lives in The Woodlands.



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