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  •  no matter how much good they may do (11+ / 0-)

    in other arenas, the politicians and business leaders of today who fail to act on climate change will be seen in the future as failures. it trumps all other issues. it trumps all other issues combined. and what happens on so many seemingly other issues will be determined by what happens with climate change.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:55:31 PM PST

    •  there may not be people to make that observation (1+ / 0-)
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      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:02:22 PM PST

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    •  Climate Change will become the lens history views (9+ / 0-)

      this whole epoch through. I suspect history will not be kind either. Maybe it will be called the age of squandered opportunities.

      “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

      by Lefty Coaster on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:04:11 PM PST

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      •  the medieval age (4+ / 0-)

        before the real medieval age.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:07:56 PM PST

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      •  I must admit that using Al Gore to make you (3+ / 0-)
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        nod your head because he demanded 'more leadership'
        of our president strikes me a just a tad bit disingenuous.

        Pick any metric you like. And simply compare what the
        two have accomplished in the ADW/CC legislative arena.
        New mileage standards? Increased Renewables and
        alternative energy research and application funding?
        Related tax credit rules? Conservation and building
        energy efficiency rules and regulations? How many
        times did Al Gore request that the fossil fuel industries
        not receive taxpayer funded subsidies while he was in office?
        Or that those billions in our money be used to
        address many of these issue we are discussing?

        It is not like the evidence was not amassing when he
        was a US senator or Vice President and had the leverage
        and power to push this all forward when all of these
        warnings were widely first being given. Now that he is
        high tech hedge fund free to speak as he pleases it is
        much more of a systemic indictment, wouldn't you say?
        Still nodding your head?

        Of course, this is what is driving the problem, right?
        Until the scientists and activists have the honor and
        courage to specifically address the economic system
        that underlies AGW/CC, and surprise, other major and
        presently more dominant reckonings, little will change.
        And yes, I am including Al Gore in this group. Good
        deeds and 1% and all he has achieved in AGW/CC.

        The president was not elected to 'fuck the economy'.
        Quite the opposite. If anyone here feels that he was
        re elected to be an authoritarian global climate dictator,
        I believe they are severely mistaken and or delusional.
        Espescially concerning the nature of our government.

        I am confident that our current president will do more to
        address this one issue than all those who preceded him
        combined. If he has not already. Will it be enough? Doubtful.

        Can we help push the agenda forward? Absolutely.
        Where, once again, is the gridlock, holding back our
        forward motion on this and so many other issues?
        Isn't it fossil fuel state congress members, some in our
        own party, who have largely held up critical legislation?

        Imagining the future lens of history will judge
        our present times harshly is not so hard to do.
        Especially when you consider human history.

        Thanks for all of your efforts.
         

        •  What he said. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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          "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

          by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 03:33:35 AM PST

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        •  Well... (1+ / 0-)
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               “Anyone who thinks that the vice-president can take a position independent of the president of his administration simply has no knowledge of politics or government. You are his choice in a political marriage, and he expects your absolute loyalty.”~Hubert H. Humphrey

          “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

          by Lefty Coaster on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 12:13:46 PM PST

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          •  I grant you that one. Loyalty is a must for VP. (0+ / 0-)

            I could swear I heard Cheney
            laughing as I typed that.

            And I realize the science was
            just then 'emerging' at the
            time that he ran for president.

            The point I was making is that
            Al Gore is, and was, every bit a
            champion for the 'free market'
            that so many denigrate in other
            elected and appointed officials.

            The states that have 'nationalized'
            their resources have the capabilities
            to address this impending catastrophe,
            if they so choose to do so. But that
            will not happen here until dire conditions
            create the required political will and demand
            among the majority to address this and other issues.

            Thanks for all of your efforts.

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