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  •  Despair is not a policy (13+ / 0-)

    Actually, other countries have shown it is possible to make huge strides in renewable energy in relatively short amounts of time -- Germany and China on solar, Brazil on biofuel.

    Y'know, things looked pretty grim when Hitler was blitzing Europe, and we could've just said it's hopeless, let's give up, but thank God we didn't.  We can tackle climate change, both reducing it and adapting to the effects that are already baked in.  

    We can do this -- we just can't delay one second more and we need to come together and lobby hard for solutions that lead to serious energy efficiency, renewables development, and yes, adaptation for areas that are already in serious trouble.

    Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two make four.  If that is granted, all else follows. -- George Orwell, 1984. Now on Twitter.

    by kindler on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 10:26:08 AM PDT

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    •  Our infrastructure needs fully rebuilt (2+ / 0-)
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      By that I mean it was a bad idea to create suburbia, sprawl and having almost no way for people to get around other than having a car.  We have a very weak passenger train system (and I actually do like taking Amtrak once in awhile, but it's not feasible if I'm going any further than Seattle to Portland, for instance).  Without contracting cities to create walkable neighborhoods, we're going to have difficulties adapting to coming changes.

      Biofuel to me is exchanging land to feed people for land to feed cars.  I really find that "solution" to be a horrific nightmare as land is clearcut to create new fields.

      Solar still requires a great deal of industrial input to build.

      Eliminating emissions can't be successful if we're still trying to consume our way out of a problem.  That's where I keep getting stuck in thinking the problem over.

      •  We can use 'linking technologies' (0+ / 0-)

        which are better than what we have, until we have the 'best answers'.

        Giant Miscanthus, which grows on unfarmable land, is already in the works, for example.

        There have been some remarkable advances in solar energy production efficiency just recently, as well. (Solar still wins my vote for 'best'.)

        Obama and Chu's approach has necessarily been an 'all of the above' approach for this reason.

      •  Interestingly ... (0+ / 0-)

        the 'rail' rework is far less hellish than most realize.

        We should invest in improving to a 'moderate speed' system capable of moving most cargo at 90-110 mph and people a bit faster. And, make this an electrified system. This would be an expense, over a decade, both public-private of about $200-$300 billion and would enable cutting oil demand by about 2.5 million barrels / day (a direct value, at today's prices, of over $200 million/day in reduced imports or over $70 billion / year) with many other associated benefits. While this doesn't make San Francisco-New York a 'rapid' passenger trip (over 30 hours without considering stops), it would enable moving 'tomatoes' from CA to DC using renewable energy and having them fresher on arrival than occurs today.  

        Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

        by A Siegel on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 01:23:29 PM PDT

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    •  depends on one's goal (5+ / 0-)

      if the goal is to switch to a renewables-based economy, make oil and coal as quaint as horse-drawn carriages, greatly diminish the lobbying power of the fossil fuel economy, cut down air pollution, reduce mercury and lead poisoning, etc., then we have a winnable fight on our hands. And we will win that fight - perhaps not as quickly as we'd like, but I'm fairly confident that we'll win.

      If the goal is to keep global warming down to 2 degrees, well, sorry about that, planet.

      Panelist, Netroots Nation 2012, "Coal and the Grassroots Fight for Environmental Justice." @RL_Miller

      by RLMiller on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 10:50:40 AM PDT

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      •  Planet ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ain't the issue -- better stated, "well, sorry about that, humanity."

        Climate Change might just be the preeminent example of how modern American conservatives truly don't give a 's--t' about the unborn.

        Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

        by A Siegel on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 01:24:51 PM PDT

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