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  •  In a way it's sad that it has come to this, (6+ / 0-)

    though.

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 07:46:06 PM PDT

    •  It Had Already Come to This By the Time the (2+ / 0-)
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      issue was first in mainstream circulation. If Bill McKibben had won the WH in 2000 with FDR's legislature, most of the projections for this century were already baked in the cake. We discovered the problem a lifetime too late to do anything significant for our own and our childrens' lives.

      As much of an economic miracle the 29 crash and Republican leadership into Depression opened up for the New Deal and our only-ever ability to create a large middle class, climate change needed to have been an issue at that same period when society granted government unprecedented powers to manage the economy.

      Economy being the driver of climate change.

      I don't know that the crisis of the early 30's was severe enough to have permitted our liberty obsessed system to sufficiently manage the economy to stop climate change, but there's certainly never been another moment of our history when it could, and less now than any time in living memory.

      For ourselves and our children and grandchildren, resilience and mitigation are the only practical response. For their grandchildren however, a mitigation dominated response now is ultimately genocide.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 08:08:07 PM PDT

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      •  Reagan Killed Us (7+ / 0-)

        Carter was on the way to 20% of our energy from renewables by 2020.  That probably would have kicked the transition we in the US are experiencing now into happening in the 1980s.  Instead, Reagan was elected and dismantled all those efforts.  Reagan killed us.  That will become increasingly clear as the historians begin to understand climate change and the environment as a driver.

        We could have been like Brazil or Germany or Denmark or France with a consistent energy policy focused on getting rid of fossil fuels if we had followed Carter's roadmap, a roadmap that was drawn up in reaction to the two energy crises of the 1970s and had nothing to do with greenhouse gases.  Yet, it would have gone a long way to solving that problem.

        •  I wrote post as a reply to an environmentalist (4+ / 0-)

          who was cheering Reagan because he brought us James Watt and many enviro orgs in response to Watt. My thought was much as yours, we could have saved 30 years.

          “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

          by ban nock on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 08:52:56 PM PDT

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