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  •  sure it does, and so do things such as..... (1+ / 0-)
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    .... volcanos erupting and spewing particulates into the upper atmosphere.   Every piece counts.  

    But keep this in mind:

    The plutocracy's consumption habits aren't causing the climate catastrophe.  Lord Bankfiend's private jet isn't doing it.  

    What's doing it is the daily electricity usage of a few hundred million Americans, and the daily commute to work by automobile, and the daily usage of disposable products.  Including the plutocracy, and also including ourselves.  A plutocrat on a rip-tear might have the lifestyle ecological impact of ten working class heroes, but for every plutocrat there are a few thousand working class heroes.

    It's all of us.

    Stripping the plutocrats is essential 1) to divest them of the disproportionate power that goes along with stratospheric wealth, and 2) to comport with the basic sense of fairness by which responsibility and sacrifices must be shared throughout a society in order for that society to remain coherent, and 3) to bring to justice those who were responsible for largely destroying the economy.

    But each of these tasks: the powerdown to sustainable levels, the reconfiguration of our energy infrastructure, the sharing of responsibility and sacrifice, and the bringing to justice of looters & con-artists: each of those has to go forward without waiting for the others.  And we have to be pervasively persistent on all of those fronts at the same time.

    "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 04:56:31 PM PDT

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    •  Then you're in trouble (0+ / 0-)

      There are an awful lot of us whose energy usage hovers right at the borderline of maintaining a decent quality of life, and we're not going to sacrifice as long as the plutocracy is still extant; we'll see the system crash first.

      Gut the plutocracy and THEN you get to talk to me about responsibility, sacrifice, and "powerdown". Not before.

      "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

      by Whimsical on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 08:22:54 AM PDT

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