Despite Donald Trump’s insistence that climate change is a hoax, nations with more intelligent leaders are still buckling down. François Hollande, the French President, stood in front of delegate at the UN’s annual climate change meeting and promised that France will have no coal-powered power plants by 2023.
Before I get too far into this, I’d like to make something clear. I’m not a hemp-wearing, flower-encrusted hippie, dancing around holding hands with other hemp-wearing, flower-encrusted hippies, singing about Mother Earth. I worked in the oil patch for a decade, used to cut down trees for a living, and drive a truck. I fly a lot. I have a lot of surfboards. My carbon footprint is large. I do little things, though–I rarely buy anything plastic, and I only drive that gasoline-powered truck more than 10 miles twice a week, and I recycle pretty much everything–but still. I could do more, just like everyone else. I could do much more if there were other options available, but there aren’t. I know we are dependent on dirty energy. There’s an argument that people make that I absolutely can’t stand: “If you don’t like it, stop using it.” Meaning, of course, stop living life normally. Stop driving, stop using electricity, etc. No one wants that–what they want is simply different options. The way we live is fucking terrible for the environment. Ignore everything else–all the politics, all the money–and think about it for a second. Vomiting out shitloads of carbon dioxide is bad. We do that. There are other options that we could be using, but we’re not. In fact, as per Trump’s words, we’re not even LOOKING for other options. You can read a longer rant about Donald Trump and the environment here. Ok, back to France.