If we were serious about cutting carbon emissions...
Would we be driving to the other side of town to use a computer and the phone?
Would we be packaging climate change action with healthcare reform and free college education? Isn't getting bipartisan action on climate change hard enough by itself?
Would we be running our furnace at night while we are sleeping in a warm bed?
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A next level climate protest would have people use considerably less energy on a specific day. It's one thing to gather a few thousand people downtown, but it is quite another thing to have 40% of people (2 in every 5 people) using less energy. It's more than a protest, it is the action that is needed.
My Energy Usage and Energy Calculator say that I use my furnace 50% less when I do not have it on at night and use it sporadically during the day. I do not know how many houses that strategy can work for. I assume that it is a lot though.
It could be done every Friday. It could be done on 02-02-2020 or the weeks surrounding February 2nd. We could move the needle overnight and the power companies could measure it. I'm sure there are 40% of people that believe climate change is a problem. Can we do something about it? Well, it's going to take more than me typing a few characters on my keyboard. I don't even use social media! I do come up with ideas though. This is what needs to be done. Move the needle.
Analysis: Can Move the Needle Work?
The short answer is YES. I save on electricity, natural gas and gasoline by consciously reducing usage. Some people are doing the same thing I'm doing. Some people will not do these things. The real question is how many new people can be brought on board?
Can the energy companies measure the difference on Feb. 2nd? That's an interesting question. Our meters are read once a month, but they can certainly see the entire load at any specific time, can't they? I'm certainly not suggesting that everyone not use power on a certain day. I'm just suggesting people reduce power consumption. No need to go crazy with it. And just like the movie, "Every day is Ground Hog's Day." I'm urging people to give this a shot for the week before and the week after Sunday Feb. 2nd for a bigger impact. I think the energy drop can make the news.
I'm going to distribute flyers, a lot of flyers. But I'm depending on the people of Portland to spread the word, especially on social media. If it fails because I can't get the word out to enough people, well that's a failure I can live with as long as I give it everything I have. But if it fails because people are not willing or able to make the carbon savings... Well, that is what the test is really about. Testing my platform. Can people make the change? Does it work? If people get the message and it doesn't work, then my whole platform is garbage. I think it's a good platform. A real mixture of conservation and building renewable energy. I hope that we can put it to a good test.
I'm glad this is now a test of my platform and not a test of winning an election. I don't want to be just some bubble on a government form! That's why this is 4040in2020.com instead of randbarnett.com. We are all a part of the solution.
This is a national campaign to mitigate the effects of climate change.
I'm running for US Representative from Portland Oregon (a federal office). Bills that tax have to be introduced in congress.
Our country is the biggest bloc of wealthy consumers in the history of the known universe. Ignoring climate change in favor of more wealth is an idiotic concept in my opinion.
I'm not running this campaign to simply get a job in Washington. I have a good career. I don't even want to move there. I love my house in Portland! But I do want to see serious national discussion about real world climate change solutions. I want an end to this Trump rhetoric. I want these ideas to be seriously debated on a national scale. I want the bills put in the hopper.
From what I've seen, the Drawdown plan makes the most sense aside from my 4040 plan. The two can work together. If a large bloc of people get behind making a real carbon savings overnight, then we can begin the serious work of radically changing our energy infrastructure.
Charles Rand Barnett
2020 Democratic Primary Candidate: US Representative, Oregon, 3rd District
Occupation: Software Developer
Occupational Background: Jazz Trombonist US Navy
Educational Background: Wilson High School (Portland, OR), Some College
Prior Governmental Experience: none
The Way of Carbon
I stand for action on climate change, plain and simple. I will use the skills I have to draw attention to this cause.
All this carbon is going somewhere; it doesn't come as a surprise to me that it is making the changes scientists say it is. Building up renewable power is going to require redundancy with fossil fuel plants. That significantly drives up costs. It's a huge undertaking and I think we need to get on with it pronto.
Building up renewable power is going to make carbon emissions worse in the short run. I believe in living locally to mitigate carbon emissions. My 4040 bill is designed to do just that; 40% of people driving 40% less by working from home. Let your fingers do the walking.
I do have my opinions on all the other typical political issues which I share on my website. We currently have runaway budget deficits. I don't think we are going to solve climate change, Medicare for All, free college education and UBI (universal basic income) all at the same time. After climate change, I believe in reducing the deficit and shoring up social security. A significant cut in social security benefits for my generation is not acceptable.
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