- He recently traveled to DC for a climate change conference and met with James Hansen, who told him that under a business-as-usual scenario, sea levels could rise 10 feet in as early as 50 years. (Frankly, I too know Jim, and I can't imagine Hansen so bullishly underscoring 10 feet in 50 years as an expected future outcome. Worse case scenario, maybe, but hardly business-as usual.)
- Kim says that Hawaii should enact a revenue-neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend. He says this has worked in British Columbia. Gasoline consumption dropped by a factor of seven while maintaining economic stability. Factor of seven boggles my mind, but the reality is that fossil fuel consumption dropped 17.4%/capita and the economy appears to doing okay. It is said that many Canadians simply went across the border to the U.S. to buy gasoline, and the carbon fee was limited. For example, aviation fuel was not touched.
However, perhaps even more ominous is Tropical Storm Jimena, now only at 60 MPH, but expected to attain Category 4 strength, and, while too early to project, seems inclined to move straight to the Big Island: