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    Let's also appreciate that we need a paradigm shift in our grasp of the "economy." This is more than policy, of course. That means a rapid transition away from the growth nonsense that perceives man-made currencies as a metric to assess the quality of the economy. That means shifting away from consumerism: smaller, denser metro areas that use less land area; resuable and recyclable consumerism; traveling shorter distances; eating locally; utilizing less water from unsustainable sources like aquifers.

    The fact of it being a political problem is hardly the lone factor. It's largely societal and economic, which, for all intents and purposes, drive policy for the most part. Getting even 60% of society to agree that global warming is a.) happening, b.) man-made, and c.) a mostly negative feedback to our civilization is one that has taken heaven and earth to arrange despite all evidence in support. I won't fathom all day the idea of this being "impossible" or "certain" that we'll "change", but realistically speaking, I'd just base our forecast on the current situation. The appreciation of a long-term scale that climate change occurs within is not a strong-suit of humanity. We're going to get intermittent "hottest year ever" reports and circumstantial evidence like droughts, hurricanes, flooding, and (maybe within a decade) significant famine or dislocation of people. But I know too many humans have far too short of a memory. The financial crisis of 2007-2009 being one recent instance. Global warming? Feh. I'm even less optimistic. Not to be a downer. It just is what it is.

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Edward Abbey ////\\\\ "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships." ~W.E.B. DuBois

    by rovertheoctopus on Wed May 01, 2013 at 07:52:32 AM PDT

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