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  •  pivoting to climate change (2+ / 0-)
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    NoMoreLies, trashablanca

    disappointing that the Whitehouse seems to have put this on the back burner for this year, every statement I have read so far seems to indicate immigration reform, wall st reform and yet another jobs bill is on the agenda, and not the fate of the planet.

    Government for the people, by the people

    by axel000 on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 08:32:26 PM PDT

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    •  Why can't the jobs bill be tied (3+ / 0-)

      to climate change, and paid for via a rebateable carbon tax, reverting to the tax code of the 1950s for the very richest people, and a financial transaction tax on stocks, bonds, derivatives, credit default swaps, and commodities trades.

      The works could entail renewable energy, conservation retrofits, and green infrastructure, such as green roofs, bioswales, created wetlands, ecosystem restoration, and depavement, along with rebuilding and electrifying our rail system, which is the greenest method of transportation known, both in energy impacts, resource use, and infrastructure footprint.

      "Trickle down economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower"

      by NoMoreLies on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 08:57:14 PM PDT

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      •  this was in fact a campaign promise (0+ / 0-)

        Part of this, namely energy efficiency retrofits are a significant part of the stimulus money that is being released now. The high speed rail is also in the works. A lot of this stuff has flown under the cranky-republican radar, although we certainly need legislation that makes real changes in our energy consumption. It will help if these early projects move that so-called Overton window towards better attitudes about climate stewardship.

        In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

        by Lefty Mama on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 09:19:43 PM PDT

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        •  optimistic (0+ / 0-)

          most of the recovery act was spent on tax cuts and roadworks, not energy infrastructure.

          HSR got enough money to schedule a few planning meetings and maybe buy enough land for a few miles of track, at most a 10th of what is needed to get a single new HSR line up and running.

          Government for the people, by the people

          by axel000 on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 10:57:28 PM PDT

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