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  •  how to push him? (1+ / 0-)
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    How do you think we should be doing that? I am all ears. Really.

    and re the "despair":  I am convinced that public leadership from elected leaders is necessary part of addressing climate change and minimizing the damage.

    I haven't seen this from anyone, really. Obama is on the hot seat, since he's the high officeholder. He hasn't shown much in his first term. He (and his people) aren't showing ANYthing in election season.

    Time keeps ticking on and far too little is happening.

    this can lead to despair.

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 12:09:23 PM PDT

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    •  I advise avoiding despair is all. (1+ / 0-)
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      There is no greater single issue. I am learning French, I am preparing to sell my house if need be, I am realistically considering a move to Canada, all driven by climate change concerns. And ... I live literally within a walking distance of Lake Michigan. I can count on fresh water ... but it was over 100 F here this summer.

      But I do not conclude all will be lost if this issue does not dominate the election year. Look, it would be a great sign if climate change did become an issue. That would indicate the dam of denial has burst. That dam will burst one day and soon. But we cannot predictably make it burst before Nov by making clever arguments. If that were possible it would have burst by now.

      So my advice here is to avoid fatalism. Don't claim all will be lost if the improbable does not happen. Read my tagline.

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