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  •  How big a part does the recession play (0+ / 0-)

    in this decision? It's "on hold" not stopped, which suggests to me financial considerations more than anything else.

    •  Also Natural Gas is very cheap right now. (1+ / 0-)
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      Conference is going to be infinitely less likely to implement. Converting to a green economy, as Obama says will let us be leaders in the 21st century economy.
      You'd think with this fact China would have a head start on us; and in some ways they do with their bullet train/ electric car spending. This is because they have an authoritarian government. China's big problem here is their own people, who have an incredible amount of nationalism that leads them to believe "if USA can pollute for 100 years, why not us?." But in the end, the best interest for the Chinese gov. is to try and play in the new economy.

      But this flaw lends us the ability to have a head start. Though we are an inefficient democracy, we are likely to have a good bill by Copenhagen, and our populace really, really, want the jobs and some, the new lifestyle, caused by our adaptation in process.

      If we win, it will allow us to reduce both the trade deficit and debt. China wants this, believe or not, because they suffered when they were overburdened in our debt. But they would probably prefer not being taken back over as the preeminent economy.

      Point is, after Copenhagen, everyone's priority (to lead the economy) will be clear, and disaster projects will have a very low priority. 20 years ago, this coal link would have been a sure thing, Sierra Club or not.

      Don't bring Heaven to Earth, bring Earth to Heaven.

      by canadianpuppet on Thu Aug 27, 2009 at 04:31:14 PM PDT

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