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  •  I have heard this argument too many times. (25+ / 0-)
    That’s not the question before me as a policymaker. If we ban all coal in the U.S., if we ban all carbon emissions in the United States, will it change the dramatic changes in climate and these dramatic weather impacts that we’re now reading about? And anyone who says that we will is not being truthful. The truth of the matter is the United States is a country. It is not a planet. And so there are things that we can do to become more efficient in our use of energies, there are things we can do to develop alternative sources of energy, there are things we can do to be better stewards of the energy resources that we have like natural oil and gas. But for people to go out and say if you passed this bill that I am proposing, this will somehow lead us to have less tornadoes and hurricanes. And that’s what I take issue with.
    Since we can't stop it by ourselves we shouldn't bother doing anything about it. Sure, there are things that we can do like using more alternative fuels but that doesn't change what China is doing. Therefore we might as well use more fossil fuels.

    Why is it that someone like me with no children is more concerned about the planet I leave for the future than people like him?

    Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

    by Mike S on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:26:30 PM PDT

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