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  •  The problem I have with your message is one more (0+ / 0-)

    of omission rather than what you are saying.  I agree fully that a constant positive message is needed.  The problem I have is the implication that we can make this transition without a redefinition of our values, goals and way of life.

    First to those that are educated there is need for more.  Humans have a great way to use cognitive dissonance to rationalize things.   I view the crux of our problems when dealing with climate change and other environmental problems as primarily one of dealing with our ego.  We think we can somehow escape sacrifice.  We can't.  Our lifestyle is unsustainable.  Here are some specifics:

    1.  Economics:  We can no longer afford the luxury of producing everything that people can be convinced to buy.  
    We have to stop using as measurements of wealth measurements of consumption.  Consumption is wealth dissipation. The constant growth model based on ever increasing consumption is unsustainable.  It is not only a strong economy that we need but one that is based on different underlying assumptions.  Energy measurements should be the measure of wealth creation rather than consumption.  

    2.  We must somehow come to terms with the fact that we need to control our population numbers. This could be done with incentives like subsidized college education for an adopted child vs your own.  Punitive measures like China took will not work.

    3.  We need to finally realize that nuclear power is not a viable alternative.  It is not and will not be a silver bullet.

    For those that are uneducated and doubters I agree with most of what you say but a big part of the messaging should be geared towards an appeal to patriotism and making some sacrifices in the short term for a better long term future similar to what was done during WWII.  I like the messaging of an "Energy New Deal".   This could be coupled with the nation's need to do this for national security.  

    I have been and will be writing extensively on this very subject.  This whole area needs intense scrutiny and some serious "out of the box" thinking.  Again, thanks for addressing it.  

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 03:42:10 PM PST

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