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  •  They can't lose. (3+ / 0-)
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    Marie, Bluefin, Blicero

    Climate warming is a common problem. If someone solves it, we all benefit.

    Conversely, if a party just rides on the efforts of another, indeed obstructs and extracts political extortion just to permit others to solve it, that party still gets to have their planet and eat it too.

    •  Liability (2+ / 0-)
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      Bluefin, macdust

      It's time to find ways to hold the denialists accountable for their negligence.

      •  Their only power is the attention they get. (0+ / 0-)

        Their scientific standing is a level beneath superstition. No one who reports their drivel thinks it's even worth reporting. But they report it because they're told to, or because they believe responsible people are calling for debate.

        Of course, if it weren't global non-warming, it would be some other hornswoggle.

        Tobacco lobbyists need to make a living.

    •  Can't lose? I wish you were right. (3+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Bluefin, macdust
      If someone solves it, we all benefit.

      That's true if "one" could solve it
      as far as not just knowing what we need to do but doing it.

      The politics of denial is able to block the actions needed to slow, halt or reverse the trend. There isn't a pill or shot to give the climate to fix it, it is collective action
      It requires legislative action
      (unless the discovery is some magic wand to get polluters to stop voluntarily)
      It requires immediate changes

      Can't just blame the right wing deniers though
      Can't really blame the right wing for much
      when those who know better don't speak out and demand discussion
      Too often in the face of right wing lies and distortions the saner politicians won't fight it

      Anyway back to the deniers getting the win on climate change...
      The only win I see for them is that once the results are evident and impossible to resist they can say "See, liberals have displeased God and now we are being punished". Hurray!

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