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  •  Um...I agree Coal is dirty and whatnot (2+ / 0-)
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    But seriously?  

    Turn us into a coal colony for China

    Just like we consider Saudi Arabia to be an Oil Colony for the USA?  Yeah.. they seem WAY oppressed in their oil-producing servitude.

    There is an argument to be made here.  And it is a bit tenuous to balance the overall climate goals against the needed market for US exports in a struggling economy....but hyperbole is not going to help your case.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 04:07:54 PM PST

    •  Look at it this way (7+ / 0-)

      Exporting hydrocarbons to China and importing manufactured goods is not a strategy for long-term job development.  Resource extraction economies suffer greatly from political corruption, and regional resource extraction leads to regional corruption, concentration of wealth and political power.

      The comparison with Saudi Arabia is not really a very good one because Saudi Arabia is not a political rival and is not taking away our manufacturing jobs.

      What are we exporting to China?  Pork?  Oil?  Corn?  Soybeans?  Once we become primarily an exporter of energy and agricultural raw materials, we are indeed well on our way to being an economic colony.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 04:35:14 PM PST

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    •  We ship raw materials, they ship finished goods... (9+ / 0-)

      ...that's practically the definition of a colony.

      We reach for the stars with shaking hands in bare-knuckle times.

      by TheOrchid on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 04:41:30 PM PST

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      •  not exactly (1+ / 0-)
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        Wisper

        the terms of the exchange make the difference between a commodity exporting country and a colony. in a colony, not just raw materials but net capital itself is extracted, so that it subsidizes the metropole at its expense.

    •  the basic position should be (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      not an ounce of coal out of the ground ever again anywhere ever. if this means losing jobs or hurting the economy, so be it. if we can't meet our energy needs without coal than we need to export a worldwide one child policy from china as well and get the planet down to half its current population or less. it will get there anyway with all the greedhead enviro-rapists out there anyway i suppose.

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