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  •  Government can sway public opinion (2+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, Evolutionary

    Check out the WWII era propaganda teaching the people that Germany and Japan were evil and frightening.

    Or the various efforts through our history to paint leftists as unpatriotic.

    Both types of campaigns have had success. It could happen.

    As the world warms, the reigning ideology that tells us it’s everyone for themselves, that victims deserve their fate, that we can master nature, will take us to a very cold place indeed - Naomi Klein

    by mightymouse on Mon Dec 05, 2011 at 11:04:25 AM PST

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    •  Yes, if it wants to. (2+ / 0-)
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      Evolutionary, mightymouse

      During 8 years of Cheney/Bush, there was no interest in educating people about global warming. (What a difference Bush/Gore 2000 made!) Then we have the well-funded and politically motivated denier propaganda. The Pew poll indicates that the deniers are winning on the idea that the warming is caused by human activity.

      •  this is the problem (2+ / 0-)
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        cocinero, too many people

        Government leaders don't want to inform & persuade the public.

        You mention Bush and Cheney. They had great success persuading the public that Iraq was a real threat to us.

        Somehow we need to get Obama to be a presidential leader here. I don't know how, but it needs to happen.

        As the world warms, the reigning ideology that tells us it’s everyone for themselves, that victims deserve their fate, that we can master nature, will take us to a very cold place indeed - Naomi Klein

        by mightymouse on Mon Dec 05, 2011 at 06:45:22 PM PST

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        •  They had the media's help (0+ / 0-)

          Which is not there on the issue of climate change.  If the media got on board it would be a whole 'nother story.

          There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

          by AoT on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 09:06:47 AM PST

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