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  •  Actually, that's not the only thing... (6+ / 0-)

    ...although it is, of course, a key factor. But another is the unwillingness of many Americans, including many progressives right here on this web site, to favor adopting such policies if it means their lifestyle will be impinged in even a mild way.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 10:07:02 AM PST

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    •  after Katrina, we could have begun. (1+ / 0-)
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      The public was ready at that point to take some actions. Would there still be pushback from the public on the tougher issues? Sure. But the amount of low-hanging fruit left rotting on the tree is unbelievable. We haven't even done the easy things, the things Americans support already.  And that's because of those Senators I mentioned.
      Your point still stands, though.

      Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 10:14:52 AM PST

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      •  We could have begun, well, we actually DID... (5+ / 0-)

        ...begin in Jimmy Carter's administration. And then came Ronzo, GHW Bush, Clinton and Dubya, during which time we avoided having a comprehensive energy policy, in part aided by cheap oil prices (cheap, if you don't include the military costs associated with maintaining "access" to foreign oil, the health and other social costs with burning it, and the environmental costs).  

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 10:19:53 AM PST

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    •  That impingement is pretty damned minor (3+ / 0-)
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      Egalitare, mimi, SouthernLiberalinMD

      For my part, I get 100% renewable electricity (thanks to living in a forward thinking part o the country where that's even possible) and have offsets for my driving and natural gas use as an interim measure until the next car, which will be electric.

      Otherwise, buy local and stop/reduce eating meat (with great health benefits!)

      Really people, it isn't that hard.

      •  No, but honestly (0+ / 0-)

        this is a place where a little government leadership would work wonders. A drop.  There are things that governments can do well. Making big sweeping infrastructure changes easier on the populace is one of them. Financing those changes more quickly and comprehensively is another.

        But, OMG, that would require government spending!

        Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 08:43:33 PM PST

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