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View Diary: Keystone XL: Can Someone Please Explain The Opposition, Because I Just Don't Get It. (231 comments)

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  •  And what also gets me is (0+ / 0-)

    that people talk about the demand for oil lessening as other comparable fuels come on the scene. However, when comparable fuels come on the scene, such as natural gas, they scream bloody murder again. How do they think we are going fuel our lives until solar batteries can hold a charge? Do they think we are just going to stop driving to work, flying in airplanes, and using light bulbs or heat our houses? So much energy in fighting this pipeline could be put into more productive uses like incentives for using less electricity, tax rebates for carpooling, mandatory bike lanes, etc. But we'd rather scream at Big Oil because it makes us feel better.

    •  The fact of the matter is that we are going (1+ / 0-)
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      to have to cut back on our energy consumption, and not just through conservation, if we want to avoid the worst of global warming.

      So much energy in fighting this pipeline could be put into more productive uses like incentives for using less electricity, tax rebates for carpooling, mandatory bike lanes, etc.
      None of that is ever going to pass congress and anyone with a bit of honesty will admit it.  The GOP controlled house will not let anything pass that has anything to do with global warming.  And plenty of people are already fighting at the local level for everything you mention, but it's absurd to give up on a battle that we can win in the national level because there are things we can do at the local level.  Localism isn't going to solve this and anyone who thinks it will is deceiving themselves.

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