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  •  Notice that this will change over time. (0+ / 0-)
    Before development, this theory says, pollution levels are low; pollution then increases as economic activity and income both rise; and then, at some tipping point, pollution hits a peak and begins to decline with additional income, as a wealthier population demands and can afford better environmental quality.
    Cheap, polluting fossil fuels are limited.  As they grow more scarce and the price rises, clean energy becomes the default.  The question is whether we can exhaust the cheap, polluting fuels before we kill the society.  One way to do that is to get political critical mass to stop using them.

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    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 11:08:24 AM PDT

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