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  •  Asteriod headed for earth (3+ / 0-)

    So let's say that tomorrow NASA discovered a planet killing asteroid on a collision course with Earth.  Based on their calculations it would collide with our planet in 50 years, wiping out all life as we know it.   Given the nature of gravity variations and other unknowns the odds of the asteroid actually hitting the planet turns out to be about 80%.  In order to prevent this from happening NASA says that we must begin immediately.  Changing the trajectory now is much easy than it will be later.  There are a small number of scientists, mostly ones who have not study physics and astronomy, who deny that the asteroid will hit the planet and claim this is just NASA trying to get budget increases.  So how does the right-wing/conservative movement react to this news?  Do they declare that it is all a plot on the part of the elites and the media to divert attention from cutting taxes?  Do they argue that some scientists disagree so we better do more studies?  Do they insist that diverting resources to combat the problems interferes with their god-given right to more profit?  If not, then can they explain the difference between this scenario and the threat of global warming?

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 10:35:49 AM PDT

    •  Asteroid's a Cinch, It Means We Have to Build More (0+ / 0-)

      machines of war to go divert it. We don't have to tell any billionaires to cut off their cash flow, in fact we'll hire some of them to earn more money stopping the asteroid.

      There couldn't be a more politically marketable response to any threat known to humanity than an asteroid.

      Global warming? Basically the human race has to attack every billionaire on earth. But it's billionaires who give humanity the permission to attack things.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 11:04:43 AM PDT

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      •  It is about who gets the money and power (0+ / 0-)

        Combating climate change will require money be spent on machines, on infrastructure on construction to improve the efficiency  of our homes and businesses, on new battery technologies, etc.  As the President has pointed out, there are large numbers of "green" jobs to be had and new industries to be created.  The real political problem is that there will be less money going to the oil and coal barons and they are powerful and have and will do everything they can to block it.  What faces us is no less a threat than an asteroid and back before the right started its disinformation campaign, doing something about CO2 was a bi-partisan effort.  Cap-and-trade was a GOP idea, Bush supported wind and solar tax credits.  It wasn't until the GOP saw the value of the anti-intellectual argument and the large sums of political donations available that they turned into the anti-climate change party.  

        The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

        by Do Something on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 12:46:05 PM PDT

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