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  •  Modifying personal behaviors is self-empowering (20+ / 0-)

    but insufficient. Large scale behaviors must change, starting with no more coal fired power plants.

    U.S. politicians of all stripes have underestimated the sensitivity of U.S. food and water supplies to climate change, IMO. Reporters and DC policy wonks have failed to translate the results of scientific research into terms the village understands. That's one of the reasons I started blogging here. I'm trying to figure out how to get the message through to the policy makers.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Fri May 17, 2013 at 05:16:39 PM PDT

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    •  Agreed on all points. (3+ / 0-)
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      But, and you know this as well as I do, our political system is glacial at best, cracking under the strain of too many simultaneous challenges at worst, and quite frankly, I sometimes think we're already too late.

      One of the things we're talking about in the gay community right now with regard to the AIDS crisis is more or less accommodating ourselves to the fact we can't stop it, and working to ameliorate life with the virus. I wonder whether we're similarly going to have to adapt to broad climate change before we ever get to arresting, let alone reversing it.

      Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

      by MBNYC on Fri May 17, 2013 at 05:27:02 PM PDT

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    •  49GW of Coal Power to be retired by 2020 in US (3+ / 0-)

      That's about 15% of coal's current installed capacity of 336 GW in the USA.

      Current trends in the electric power market put many coal-fired generators in the United States at risk for retirement. In the Annual Energy Outlook 2012 (AEO2012) Reference case, 49 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity are retired through 2020, representing roughly one-sixth of the existing coal capacity in the U.S. and less than 5% of total electricity generation nationwide.

      China's installed base of coal-fired power plants is 669 GW, and growing rapidly, in large part due to US coal exports.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

      by PatriciaVa on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:46:34 PM PDT

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      •  Not really. "Growing rapidly", that is. (0+ / 0-)

        China installed about 12 terawatt hours (TWh) of coal burning power and about 26 TWh of wind power in 2012.  Wind turbines have improved to the point that it's possible to get more power for the same cost by building a wind farm than by building a coal fueled power plant.  

        Renewable energy brings national global security.     

        by Calamity Jean on Sat May 18, 2013 at 01:30:06 AM PDT

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    •  Powder River basin coal ~ Wyoming ~ Dick Cheney (2+ / 0-)
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      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

      by lotlizard on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:29:57 PM PDT

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