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  •  strategic speech. (43+ / 0-)

    An effective way to change someone's opinion about item X is to agree with them about item Y and item Z.

    His first goal is to get Republicans to accept the reality of climate change.  Toward that end he agrees with them about markets and regulation.

    And the dirty little secret is, once you get "buy-in," the rest follows.  If he can rassle up a posse of Republicans who stand up for the proposition that climate change is real, then the policy debate shifts radically from "do nothing vs. do something" to "what specifically to do?"

    Then we can argue about the relative merits of conservation, efficiency, solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, high-voltage DC transmission grids, and so on, and the relative merits of cap & trade, carbon taxes, and so on in order to build whatever-it-is.  But along the way, progress will come until it hits the tipping point where clean energy has lower costs than dirty energy.  At that point the markets will swing over and the energy conversion will take off.  

    So don't get down on this guy for not going the rest of the way down the road.  The first step leads inevitably to the next and the next.  


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

    by G2geek on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 10:28:29 PM PDT

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    •  Very well put. Thank you. n/t (6+ / 0-)

      #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

      by ivote2004 on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 03:03:30 AM PDT

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    •  Perception change is incremental, true, but... (8+ / 0-)

      I'm not sure that we have the luxury of time for slow, incremental acknowledgement of climate change by those who either have a motive to deny it or those who buy the denier's bullshit.

      The Gulf of Mexico is already at 77 freakin' degrees Fahrenheit this early in spring.  Residents of the gulf coast are talking about an active hurricane season, even though we're at a peak La Niña (which usually means much drier summer weather, indeed, drought conditions, in the southern latitudes of the US).  Remember Rick Perry praying for rain in Texas last year?

      This past winter was a wake up call.  Time's up, and there's no time for incrementalism.  That won't cause the ongoing political inertia to move, though.  Another Katrina - ten Katrinas - wouldn't wouldn't budge the inertia on climate change.

      We're resigned to our collective fate because we've been conditioned to believe that this is as good as it gets.

      by Richard Cranium on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 05:51:48 AM PDT

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      •  if you can't get it any other way (4+ / 0-)

        short of Noah's flood or the weather equivalent of fire and brimstone, you live with slow change of opinions.   If we are lucky, we have another horribly wet in some places, terrible drought in others summer, some huge deadly storm systems and another freakishly warm winter.  Once is an accident, twice is a trend.  If we make it the third year, its a fact.  Then you can have a quick change in perception.

        But all that means is that climate armageddon is already upon us, it will get worse, but it means we are in for increasingly rapid change.   If that doesn't happen, people will have their heads in the sand another decade.

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