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  •  I think that the reality is (2+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel, doubledutch

    that it's a lost cause, and nobody's willing to sacrifice the things they have a chance on for it.  There are plenty of hills to fight for . . . no point dying on one you can't hold.

    We'll see an ice-free Arctic Summer before the end of the decade, and there's nothing we can do to stop it.  We'll probably see large areas ice-free year round less than a decade after that . . . with all the "climate change" that entails.  That's "baked in" even if we stopped burning fossil fuels tomorrow, and we're not going to.

    Fukushima killed the nuclear option, and fracking and horizontal drilling has both deferred "peak oil" and removed the price presure to seek alternatives, so "alternate energy" will not be competative without subsidy, and near-bankrupt governments have no money for that.  Do you want subsidized solar panels for the wealthy or health care for the poor?  Which should be on the "progressive agenda"?

    Sure "climate change" and weird weather is upon us, and will only get worse over the coming decade.  But when the sceptics ask "will solar panels and electric cars fix it" the only honest answer is "No" . . . thirty or forty years ago maybe, but not now.  The best we can do now is make things not-so-bad in fifty or a hundred years, maybe . . . and that kind of long view has always been a seriously hard sell.  People want benefits in their own lifetimes at least . . . some pie-in-the-sky about "maybe next century won't be so bad if we sacrifice now" is not going to win many "progressive" votes, let alone those of "ordinary people".

    If you want to do something for your kids then buy the now cheap property that will be expensive waterfront when they inherit it.  They won't get anything from you for sitting on the beach trying to stop the tide.

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 02:19:06 PM PST

    •  That list is useless unless we make progress now (2+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, A Siegel

      on climate change, but I fear there is no political will. Invest two trillion in infrastructure that can be destroyed by mega storms? Does DC not remember melting train tracks and tires sinking in the tarmac at Reagan? Oh yeah, that was so 2012.

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