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  •  I want to believe there's still hope (5+ / 0-)

    ..and I want to believe we can change direction.  It'll take an enormous effort.

    I think an all-out effort on energy efficiency is needed, to prevent new coal plants and as few new gas plants as possible. There are EE standards in a bunch of states, but a national clean energy standard with an efficiency component would help.

    Oil consumption needs to go way down - a much higher gas tax, which isn't going to happen (smaller increases at the state level are happening but won't cut it).  We need many, many more dollars for public transit and walkable communities.

    I'm skeptical that we can change enough, soon enough, but we have to try.

    “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

    by SolarMom on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 04:28:20 PM PST

    •  Yeah, we are probably screwed (3+ / 0-)
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      but there is no future in giving up.

      I'm truly sorry Man's dominion Has broken Nature's social union--Robert Burns

      by Eric Blair on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 05:29:15 PM PST

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      •  btw... (0+ / 0-)

        ...awesome screen name, dude.

        “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

        by SolarMom on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 09:24:12 PM PST

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    •  It is absolutly not too late to change the outcome (3+ / 0-)
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      Now, is it too late to get the outcome you wished for?  Probably.

      There is still plenty that is in play, in the extent and pace of change and also unfortunately in our ability to adapt to it.

      For instance, local distributed renewable energy systems not only matter for the extent of global warming, but are also a crucial adaptation.

      We shall not participate in our own destruction.

      by James Wells on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 06:40:17 PM PST

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    •  It'll take an enormous effort (0+ / 0-)

      = more carbon, no matter which why you slice it.

      Only way to not create more carbon would mean literally stopping all human activity... to a dead stop... no more eating, no more consumption of any products... no more moving about. Not likely to happen. Keep in mind that the vast majority of the growing impoverished population cares not a whit and sees expenditure of pollution and environmental degradation as the only hope of improving their lot.

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