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  •  It's a daunting timeline (4+ / 0-)

    And I agree about the latency.  Just a couple of hopefully positive points:

    Let's imagine such a program was passed on 2013.  And that takes a whole lot of imagination, I'll grant.  The fact of setting a better trajectory, even with physical effects starting in 2-3 years further, is something that I think can liberate people to get away from the belief that any effort is futile since the big picture is going so badly the wrong way.

    I think that a lot of the requirements for action in the next 5 years are not so much about the emissions that occur in the next 5 year, but rather about decisions made in the next 5 years (like this one), and their emission effects over decades to come.  By the math, the actual number of our 2013 GHG emissions don't matter nearly as much (say in 2030) as decisions made in 2013 that then affect emissions during every year from 2013 through 203 and then beyond.

    We shall not participate in our own destruction.

    by James Wells on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 03:00:16 PM PST

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