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    missing part of the "main stream" dialogue in the environmental movement. To convert from a hydrocarbon economy to something else is going to be exceedingly difficult all by itself and painful for those whose livelihood depend on it.  Just like the tobacco settlement sought to compensate farmers we need to have a more meaningful conversation of what the real costs are to move completely off hydrocarbons.

    Personally I am all for quitting coal, oil, and natural gas, but we can't just say it without really considering the costs of retooling the workforce. I'm afraid though, that those same people that would benefit from a transition program so we can move away from coal, et al., would be fearful of a "big gov't" program telling them what to do.

    It's a tough nut but we have to crack it.

    Good diary.

    John Robinette http://www.hole-in-the-sun.com Follow me on twitter @hole_in_the_sun

    by JayRo on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 02:35:27 PM PDT

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