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  •  It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature (9+ / 0-)

    Since we are now facing the unintended consequences of the industrial age we should be especially reluctant to set ourselves up for the unintended consequences of "experimental" mitigation attempts.

    Why not just fund a massive world-wide campaign to paint all roofs white? Then they could start on making roads and parking lots white, too.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 09:03:32 AM PST

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    •  Definitely (13+ / 0-)

      It's about points of leverage: what can have the largest impact for the least cost.

      Painting roofs white is a good step.  Two that might have an even larger impact are massive investment in family planning / contraception and in vegetarianism.

      As I've written about a lot, peak oil is another major reason why we need to immediately begin a major energy shift away from fossil fuels (oil in particular), and to do that we need massive investment in public transit and small-scale intensive organic agriculture. - thoughts on energy, the environment, and society.

      by barath on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 09:06:54 AM PST

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      •  We also need a war on extravagant fossil fuel (7+ / 0-)

        dependent land use practices, such as lawn-centric landscapes that depend on the Haber-Bosch process for the synthetic fertilizer and oil to produce and run the machinery that runs over these monocultures 25 to 30 times a year. The shallow roots of turf also do a poor job of carbon storage and metering the runoff from increasingly flashy rain events.

        We also have to modify our lives to reduce wasteful energy intensive activities. Shifting to more telecommuting and mandating a 4-day work week would be a good start.

        Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

        by NoMoreLies on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 01:52:55 PM PST

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