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  •  We're not, as a country, going to do it. (1+ / 0-)
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    We can lessen our greenhouse emissions as individuals but the US is not going to get its ass in gear until it's too late.  The repubs will block the way.

    Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

    by Ice Blue on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 04:23:47 AM PDT

    •  what makes you so certain of that? (0+ / 0-)

      Do you have a degree in Applied Prophesy?

      Is your precognition score better than p < .01 ?

      Or are you just making excuses to do nothing?

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 04:49:58 AM PDT

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      •  I'm not ignoring it. (0+ / 0-)

        I do, however, know enough stupid people who think global warming is a hoax.  And, unfortunately, those dumbasses all vote Republican.

        Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

        by Ice Blue on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 05:02:07 AM PDT

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        •  Great, so what are you going to do about it? (0+ / 0-)

          Shoot them?  Hardly.

          Maybe start convincing them to make changes in their lives, slowly.

          "Hey neighbor, how'z it goin?  Sheesh, the f---in' A-rabs sure are jerking our chain at the gas pump, eh?  But I just installed a nifty gadget in my car that's stickin' it to 'em right back.  It's called Scan Gauge.  By using it to drive aware, I've cut my gas bill by $30 a month."

          "Really?  Where can I get one of those...?"

          "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 05:28:25 AM PDT

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          •  First off, though I live in a rural area, (2+ / 0-)
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            I seldom drive.  Second, what you need to convince these assholes of is their lot in life is not the fault of that black man in the White House.  It's because they don't even have their GEDs.  You can't educate someone if they don't want to learn.

            Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

            by Ice Blue on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 06:09:53 AM PDT

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    •  miles driven per capita have crashed (0+ / 0-)

      oil consumption per capita has crashed. alternate forms of electricity production are increasing, mass transit and rail ridership is growing steadily.

      americans are actually moving in the right direction. what is needed is not a reversal so much as an intensification, and an infrastructure that works with and not against those efforts.

      •  If by crashed, you mean "moved (1+ / 0-)
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        measurably lower in  like the first time ever" then you have a point.

        If you mean "crashed" by the usual definition of the word, then not so much so.

        •  i will plead guilty to hyperbole (0+ / 0-)

          still, it has been a fairly pronounced shift, and has not reversed with economic growth, in contrast to the prior pattern of economic activity tracking very close to gas consumption.

          in several cities, there has been a definite decline in miles driven going on for a couple of decades, so this isn't entirely new, even if the scale and breadth is.

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