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Administrative note

FYI, one and all: While this site is not going on hiatus and I am not ending my involvement with energy and climate issues, my writing here will be notably intermittent and much scarcer than normal over the next several weeks.

Nothing is wrong. This is not a reaction to a health issue or other, real-world calamity, nor is it an outgrowth of my increasing pessimism over our mushrooming climate crisis. In fact, the cause is a good thing that’s completely unrelated to anything I talk about here or elsewhere online.

In the mean time, I will endeavor to post from time to time, even if it’s nothing more than links to a few “must read” items with minimal commentary.

In my semi-absence I will also be evaluating my future involvement with writing about sustainability issues. As some/most/virtually all of you know, I’ve been wrestling with various book ideas for years, and every time (so far) I’ve convinced myself to put everything else aside and make the Big Push to write The Book That Needs To Be Written (TBTNTBW), the futility and hubris of it get the better of me and the project dies a silent death in a dark and damp corner of my hard drive, alongside the archive of my CompuServe e-mail from 1991. This cycle has to stop, and it will. Either I will decide to take my best shot at writing TBTNTBW or I’ll forever give up. Either way, youse guys will still be stuck with me here, and I’m not sure which of those two book paths would make me surlier in my blog posts.

1 comment to Administrative note

  • Lewis Cleverdon

    Lou -
    re TBTNTBW,
    the question I puzzle over is how the decision makers will be influenced to change course, and how, in writing to advance that influence, I could describe the factors relevant to their decisions in a manner that a general readership will appreciate in sufficient numbers for the book to sell well enough to be influential. Sort of a figure-of-eight problem.

    Sir Crispin Tickell faced rather different choices in ’76. As a rising diplomat within the UK ‘Foreign & Commonwealth Office’ (State Dept equivalent) he had always followed an interest in meteorology and was very concerned with CD. What he chose to write about was the prospect of geopolitical destabilization due to mass migration as CD impacted agriculture across swathes of the planet. (His career was unharmed by this – he went on to be special advisor to Thatcher (at the period of IPCC & UNFCCC development) and then UK ambassador to the UN).

    I mention this as an example of foregoing the public pressure route and instead focussing a book directly on the decision makers.

    OTOH, if the public were the focus, there is a large new set of info that the US public have yet to hear, and that is the impacts, concerns, and commitments on CD that have been and are occurring around the world, and, as the late great Stafford Beer remarked, “Information is that which changes us.”

    My two-pennorth of advice would be that you’ll reach a larger and maybe more influential audience in print than in blog posts – though I’d miss the latter while you’re writing. So on balance, I hope you go for it.

    All the best,

    Lew