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  •  I happen to like the tone (5+ / 0-)

    because all of the pearl-clutching is so tiresome.  

    I've fallen into it a couple of time myself.

    Look, recognizing global warming in a speech does not translate into policy.

    Nothing he has said since then contradicts the idea that we need to deal with a warming planet.

    If we are going to react like this to every word, every nuance, like a jealous girlfriend parsing her lover's words, we are all going to go insane.

    It will be a roller coaster of overreaction and worry and then elation, disappointment, anger, relief.  We'll all go grey if we're not there already.

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

    by delphine on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:59:31 PM PST

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    •  OK.. I just think telling people to STFU (4+ / 0-)

      should be reserved for people who disagree with the progressive agenda.  Why can't people just go comment on a blogpost that they agree with rather than tear to shreds the ones who don't share their exact view on things?  Actually, who DO share their view, but have a different emotional response to the events around them.

      I just hate the witch-hunting of people who aren't witches, but fellow progressives.

      Howard Dean will always be my president.

      by 4democracy on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:04:38 PM PST

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    •  Pearl clutching? (1+ / 0-)
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      We're staring down the barrel of a mass extinction event and global changes that human civilization as it currently exists cannot hope to withstand.

      The unemotional, scientific, non-hyperbolic reality with which we must deal is that this is, in no uncertain terms, the most dangerous threat we've faced in many thousands of years.  I'd expect it to get at least as much urgency as, say, killing a few guys in caves who on their best day might blow up a building or two.

      And please see my comment below regarding why this should not even be a question under discussion.

      "If Mitt takes office, sooner or later, the Zomnies will come for all of us." -Joss Whedon

      by quillsinister on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:08:33 PM PST

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      •  yes it is. (1+ / 0-)
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        Now how do you propose we go about doing that? If Obama had given a very stern lecture on the need to confront climate change today, would that have changed anything? Do you think the vast majority of Americans are more likely to support the necessary changes if we tell them they will cost jobs and harm the economy? Do you think Republican federal court judges are going to all of a sudden stop blocking administration efforts to reduce pollution because Obama gets up and says the planet is doomed?

        Can we maybe stop treating every utterance from the President like it's some pronouncement whose every syllable must be parsed, deconstructed, and analyzed to death for possible hidden significances? The guy did not exactly run for reelection on climate change. The things he can do without congressional approval are limited. And if he starts going on and on about OMG climate change we have to do something now! All that will guarantee is that Republicans dig in their heels even more against even the most basic, sensible changes.

        On this issue, change is going to have to come from us, from the bottom up.

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