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  •  The Republicans are genuinely afraid of this issue (8+ / 0-)

    Check out this legislative response from North Carolina that would prevent state agencies from using predictive models in assessing sea level rise. As one of these morons claimed the predictions are "just a guess".

    The denial is moving from promoting inaction and intimidation of scientists to actual suppression of scientific tools. We might as well shut down the Hurricane and Tornado prediction centers since they're obviously guessing as well. Oh wait - they tried that as well. Now we're talking lives saved as well as property saved.

    Then there's national security where the Pentagon's security projections are necessarily planning for a future stressed by climate change.

    The failure of Democrats to craft a message that paints the Republicans as either morons or criminals also illustrates the general failure of the Democratic Party to treat this election for what it is - an existential fight for the future of Americans - and the increasing efforts by Republicans to shut down the debate, and now move to legislate against reality is right out of the Soviet Union.

    Sure - opinion polls may show weak support for this approach right now - but that's largely because questions themselves are so weak. I'm sure when put more aggressively - "Would you support removing funding from Hurricane prediction even if it cost American lives?" - but of course they don't do that. However - attack ads certainly can ask those questions and should.

    •  The Pentagon KNOWS climate change is an issue (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      I've seen reports where they're studying ways to fight the wars that rising see levels will cause. I also read somewhere the Navy is slowly but surely switching to alternative fuels for many (f not all) of their vessels.

      So in addition to linking this to the ECONOMY, we should also link it to national security.

      A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

      by METAL TREK on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 11:36:38 AM PDT

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