When It Comes to Climate, There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

For Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, Jim said to respond by either by using the prompt word free, or by going with the above picture, to which I added the words “Nothing Is.”

For Jim’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Friday Faithfuls prompt, which was about climate change to respond whether if we think that climate change is a real thing, or if we think that it is just a hoax.

I’m combining Jim’s two prompts with the premise that climate change is not a hoax and if we don’t deal with it now, which means making serious investments in programs designed to abate climate change, we should be prepared to suffer dire consequences.

According to a Morgan Stanley study, climate-related disasters cost the world $650 billion from 2016-2018. A report by the consulting firm Deloitte suggests that inaction on combating climate change could cost the U.S. economy $14.5 trillion by 2070.

An analysis by the Office of Management and Budget, which administers the federal budget, predicts that floods, drought, wildfires, and hurricanes made worse by climate change could cost the U.S. federal budget about $2 trillion each year — a 7.1% loss in annual revenue — by the end of the century. The report also warned the U.S. government might have to spend an additional $25 billion to $128 billion each year in areas such as coastal disaster relief, flood insurance, crop insurance, health-care insurance, wildland fire suppression, and flooding at federal facilities.

Addressing Climate Change Is Expensive

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization with 38 member countries, puts the cost of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in a way compatible with the Paris climate accord, at $6.9 trillion a year, to 2030. And a 2019 World Bank estimate suggests the necessary global infrastructure investment would cost $90 trillion by 2030.

But on the positive side, the Deloitte report suggests that, while measures that help people adapt to these negative impacts incur costs, evidence shows that the future benefits of action overwhelmingly outweigh the future costs of inaction. In addition, the UK National Audit Office estimates that, for every £1 spent on protecting communities from flooding, around £9 in property damages and wider impacts can be avoided.

Further, economic studies postulate that United States economy could gain $3 trillion if it rapidly decarbonizes over the next 50 years. This once-in-a-generation transformation could add nearly 1 million more jobs to the U.S. economy by 2070.

So, when it comes to effectively dealing with climate change, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Fibbing Friday — More New Definitions

Di (aka Pensitivity101) and Melanie (Sparks From a Combustible Mind) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Since Melanie is still temporarily out of commission, Di is back and she gives us some words to define.

1. What is carpal tunnel? It’s a tunnel carved into a mountain that allows cars to get from one side of the mountain to the other without having to drive around the mountain.

2. What is tennis elbow? It’s a type of macaroni served at the concession stands at Wimbledon.

3. What is a pulled muscle? It’s a type of mollusk that you must use a special tool to pull out of its shell.

4. What is tinnitus? It is extremely annoying.

5. What are crows feet? They are the claws at the end of the legs of a crow.

6. What are hammer toes? They’re small hammers shaped to resemble a big toe.

7. What is pink eye? It’s the color of the eyes in an albino mouse.

8. What is vertigo? It’s that feeling get when the car in front of yours doesn’t move when the light turn greens and you’re trying to decide whether or not to honk your horn.

9. What are cataracts? A brand of luxury automobiles.

10. What is swimmer’s ear? It’s a condition where a clear liquid leaks from a person’s ear.

Friday Fictioneers — The Dinner

“Andy, can you give me a hand with these bags” Sara called out to her son when she got home .

“Jeez, Mom,” Andy said, “did you buy out the whole grocery store?”

“No,” Sara said. “You know I invited my boss, Mr. Kim, and wife for dinner tonight. So I went to the Asian market and got stuff to prepare an authentic Korean dinner for us all.”

“Do you know how to cook Korean meals?”

“I’ll just toss a bunch of this stuff into chicken broth and heat it up.”

“No, Mom, I’m calling Mr. Kwon at Jong Ga’s for delivery.”

(100 words)

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Brenda Cox.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — August 26th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 26th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on my old blog on August 26, 2014.

Banana Bread from Scratch

Let me start off by saying that I have never before, in all my years of blogging, posted a blog about cooking, baking, broiling, frying, or even microwaving anything. Yet here I am, writing a post about how I baked my own banana loaf bread from scratch.

The reason I’m doing this is because earlier this month I wrote a post called “Going Green.” In that post I expressed my antipathy toward overripe bananas. A few commenters suggested that, rather than throwing the overly ripe, brown-spotted bananas into the compost bin, I should consider using them to bake a banana bread loaf.

Their advice reminded me of that old adage about turning lemons into lemonade. And so I thought that turning rotten bananas into banana bread was a good idea. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

I am not someone who displays a lot of prowess in the kitchen, but I decided to give it a try nonetheless. I found what appeared to be a simple recipe for banana bread at a site, Inspired Taste. It looked easy enough and I had all of the specified ingredients on hand. I just had to let the bananas ripen well past their prime, like those in the picture below.

I took the three most rotten looking bananas, peeled them, and dumped them into a bowl. I smushed up the three bananas into what the recipe called a “chunky paste.” I added all of the other ingredients noted in the recipe and poured the gooey mixture into the loaf pan.

Then I carefully inserted the filled loaf pan into the preheated oven and cooked the mixture at 350° for around 50 minutes. I pulled it out of the oven and let it cool in the pan for about five minutes before removing the loaf from the pan and putting it on a rack to cool to room temperature.

A few hours later I sliced up a few pieces of the banana bread so I could taste the fruits of my labors. It had a nice flavor to it, but it was dry. There may be several reasons for that. The recipe called for a loaf pan that was 8 1/2 by 4 1/2. From the illustrations on the recipe, the loaf pan also appeared to be metal. I used a glass loaf pan that was actually 9 by 5. So maybe I cooked it too long given the size and material of the loaf pan.

Perhaps tonight I’ll put a slice of my made-from-scratch banana bread into a bowl and top it with a scoop or two of Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream ice cream. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

If I try this again, I may go out and pick up a metal 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 loaf pan. Or if not, I may try cooking the loaf for only 40 minutes.

Or maybe I’ll just throw my spotted bananas in the compost bin and walk to the Starbucks a block from where I live and get a tall vanilla latte with a slice of banana bread.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

FOWC with Fandango — Look


It’s August 26, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “look.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.