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  •  No but reducing demand for oil does... (4+ / 0-)

    We have to do a whole bunch of things at once, some of which are market mechanisms:

    ...feed-in tariffs, production tax credits (for wind) and renewable standards to spur clean energy development and bring down the price of clean energy;

    ....politically working to block construction of Western coal terminals

    ....politically agitating for high speed rail, light rail, more public transit in general

    ...fuel economy standards so cars will burn less gas

    etc. etc.

    We're not going to get rid of markets any time soon.  So we need to harness them for good.

    “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

    by SolarMom on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:31:00 AM PST

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    •  Developing alternative energy doesn't do that. (1+ / 0-)
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      Alternative energy is merely a supplement to accelerating greenhouse gas emissions unless the grease is kept in the ground.  Here McKibben appears to be further along on the learning curve.  Oh, and:

      We're not going to get rid of markets any time soon.
      "There is no alternative," as Margaret Thatcher said.

      "Every time you opt in to kindness/ Make one connection, used to divide us/ It echoes all over the world" -- from Dar Williams' "Echoes"

      by Cassiodorus on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:34:31 AM PST

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