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View Diary: What is the Winning Message for Climate Bill Passage? What Can You Do To Share IT? (46 comments)

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  •  If you want to a winning message (1+ / 0-)
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    NEVER talk about climate change being the end of the world. They have heard doomsday predictions for years without consequence. The BP oil spill isn't going to be much help with the American public. All the BP oil spill did to most Americans is convince them that they need more regulations on off shore oil production and stiff fines for not following them.

    What should the message be? Personal Savings. There are two things people care about; their finances and their family. If you can demonstrate how climate change legislation will help their finances and their families then you are golden.

    •  How do you make that into a sound bite? (1+ / 0-)
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      I think "Oil and coal are destroy our environment and hurt our health; clean energy now!" may be a decent slogan. What's yours?

      •  that's a great slogan for those that already (1+ / 0-)
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        agree with you. You need a slogan that gets to moderates and people who don't pay attention to politics. You need a slogan that goes past the political rhetoric. People look around them and see green grass and trees and with the exception of the gulf coast the no one sees the damage to the environment.. and only those that have allergies really notice the effects to health.

        •  So propose your own (1+ / 0-)
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          because I don't think it's going to be easy to make a clear slogan about finances. Increasing the gasoline tax is going to cost people money.

          •  well maybe cap and trade isn't the way to go then (0+ / 0-)

            no matter what you want to do... no alternative energy is ready.

            Solar is expensive and worse for the environment because of the manufacturing method. only works when it's sunny and no clouds. it's effectiveness is also diminished in winter months.

            wind... only works when it's  blowing

            geothermal. only works in limited parts of the world.

            hydroelectric... already being tapped where it can be.

            people are sooner going to revolt on the democratic party then they are going to on BP if we increase the cost of their gas.

            by raising the price of gas your increase the price of all good all around the country... maybe the world. food doesn't teleport to your dinner table. tractors and other farm vehincles such as crop dusting planes all rely on some sort of fuel. the trucks that bring it to market use fuel..

            back during the turnover to digital tv we should have been promoting coupons towards new tvs that are more power efficient instead of selling a crappy box that will take up more energy on top of the crappy old tube tvs that they are designed to work with.

            rather than cash for clunkers they should have declared any car with a carborator to not be street legal. that would get rid of all cars before 1992. hell, maybe even make all cars before ODB2 not street legal.. that would bring the minimum car age up to 1996.

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