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You need to read this Price Waterhouse Coopers report on Climate Change

We've all heard the saying, "There are three sides to every story; yours, theirs and the truth."  When it comes to the relationships between business and government, accounting firms are usually the go-to place for "the truth part" when it comes to the most important medium in the biz-to-gov conversation, financial information.  Yes, there have been examples to the contrary (circa 2008 financial crisis and A+ ratings put on unstable credit default swaps), but for the most part these institutions exist to dig into the numbers and draw out what is really going on, independent of the "he said she said."

Well, one of the most well know accounting firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers has just released a "high level, easy-to-read" report on Climate Change named, "Two degrees of separation: ambition and reality" that, as a patron of this website, you need to read.  Now.

Spoiler alert: the news is not encouraging.  The report basically spells out that as a global society, we are good at setting long term goals.  However, we are not as good at reaching step-by-step milestones in order to reach those long term goals.  The most telling chart from the report is shown below.  It details how we must reduce the global carbon intensity (tons of CO2 / $m in 2013) in order to limit climate change to only 2 degrees C.  This is a 6.2% / yr decrease need.  We are currently only achieving 1.2% / yr.  Globally, humanity is a D student.

I encourage all of you to read this report.  It is an easy read, not overly deep into the processes of accounting, and is meant to be read by the average concerned citizen.  

To me, it is deeply troubling.  This is a global problem to which no single government or company can solve itself.  The only hope is the cooperation of multiple governments on a coordinated effort to evolve economies into lower carbon producing energy sources for future growth.  I hope you review this report and draw your own conclusions.  Enjoy.

Link to the PricewaterhouseCoopers report 

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OC Green Drinks mixer tomorrow night in Laguna Beach. See you there!

A friendly reminder that the OC Green Drinks October event is tomorrow (October 9, 2014) and Nirvana Grille in Laguna Beach, CA.  The even is going on from 6pm till 9pm.  Should be a great time getting togeather and talking about all sorts of common interest with great people.

More information about the event is at this link.  The address is 303 Broadway, Laguna Beach, CA.  See you there Brah!
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OC Congressman Dana Rohrabacher clearly falls on the wrong side of truth, fact and eventually, history

I urge all OC residents who care about the future of their shorelines, communities, families and planet to stop and think seriously about who is representing them in the US House of Representatives.  Incumbent Representative Dana Rohrabacher (who is up for re-election on Nov 4 this year against Democratic Candidate Dr. Sue Savary) was recently featured as part of a gone-viral Daily Show clip where the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology discussed the scientific communities most recent findings about climate change.

After watching this exchange, a lot of adjectives come to mind concerning the way our Congressional "leaders" are essentially turning hard scientific evidence into satire, suggesting that climate scientists and their models are simply employing "scare tactics" and making predictions for reasons of "job security".  The adjective that most clearly defines their behavior and lack of responsibility in approaching this serious issue in a respectful and meaningful way is disgusting.  Simply disgusting.

We've all put up with Rohrabacher's crazy and embarrassing old uncle tendencies in the past.  He openly writes posts on his website about how we need to focus on humanity's greatest concern... out of control space asteroids (I am not kidding, google "rohrabacher asteriod" for an entertaining list of links).  But with an election on the horizon, do yourself a favor and ask, "Is this the representative I really want speaking for me?  Is this who is best for Orange County on the national level?"

I urge you to go out on Nov 4 and vote for who you think is best for you.

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YPE Orange County networking mixer tomorrow at Season 52 in Costa Mesa!

OCR is happy to support a great networking event happening tomorrow evening, the YPE (Young Professionals in Energy) fall mixer.  Come on down to meet colleagues and new friends in the energy biz!

The event is going on from 6-8pm at Season 52, 3333 Bristol St, Costa, Mesa, CA.  Click on the link here for more information about the event.
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See you at the HB Green Forum and Expo this Saturday, Sept 13

A reminder to everyone of a great, local Orange County event, the 2014 Huntington Beach Green Form and Expo, happening this Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 8 am till 3pm.

There will be a forum session from 8:00 am till 10:00 am at the Shorebreak Hotel right near the pier in downtown Huntington Beach followed by the vendor and organization expo at the pier from 10:30 am till 3:00 pm.  The expo is a great event with a ton of vendors from "all natural" surf wax to information on solar energy and home energy upgrades from a whole host of vendors.

Anil from OC Green Drinks will be there encouraging people to get involved with the social aspects of clean living in the OC!

More information about the event at this link here.

See you there!
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