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  •  I think it has to be firmly connected (3+ / 0-)
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    to action. You don't just scare people on principle. You use the emotional narratives to get a particular result--in the case of WWII, for example, collecting scrap metal. (Not to mention donating their sons :-( ...) In our case, recycling, using cloth grocery bags, swapping light bulbs, turning down the furnace, carpooling, etc. But there has to be a GOAL.

    The kind of action I'd like to see is more hands-on, like insulating people's houses. How about a gov't program to put insulation into every attic, supported by state and local efforts (they could compete to see who does more) and volunteer efforts? I imagine this would be a big job-producer, but the work is so enormous, at least for the first few years, you'd need teams of volunteers too, like Habitat for Humanity.

    ~On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Raise her glowing flame!~ I am proud to say three generations of my family lived in WI. Though I live elsewhere, am with you in spirit!

    by sillia on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 10:29:22 AM PDT

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    •  as gmoke often writes (2+ / 0-)
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      the analogy is a barn-raising.

    •  Yes, clearly, and also... (1+ / 0-)
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      When people start taking steps such as insulating their houses etc., they start to get "buy-in" which gives them a commitment to the issue.

      The most important piece is getting people to write to their elected officials in large numbers, and getting them to vote for someone who will do something serious about this.  

      Everything comes down to votes.

      And yes there could be an enormous economic stimulus based on this, which will also produce major buy-in with people who are getting those jobs.  That's what we should have done starting in 2009, but one way or another it can still happen.

      "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 04:24:18 PM PDT

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