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  •  We're really going to have to change our society (3+ / 0-)
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    walkshills, WarrenS, Calamity Jean

    and economy in profound ways to even approach that amount of emission reduction, but it is long past time to energetically pursue such goals.

    In the United States, our failure to establish a 'Manhattan Project" style energy conservation approach in such areas as electric power and transportation means we are not  making the kind of progress needed towards emission reductions that are necessary to address our presently robust greenhouse gas emission inventory.

    As far as national infrastructure is concerned, we're poised to construct the Keystone XL pipeline which would make us far more dependent on tar sands derivative liquid fuels than we presently are [along with the increased CO2 burden from such tar sands processing].  

    Meanwhile, what we need is a national priority program to establish electrified high speed passenger rail and even electrified freight rail, while we wind down commercial aviation as a principle method intercity travel.

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