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  •  I appreciated the mention of Climate Change (5+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, jamess, blueoasis, JekyllnHyde, Chi

    in the inaugural speech but, at best, it is johnny-come-lately. I do not believe for an instant that there exists the political will to amp up mitigating behaviors to meet the challenge. Something akin to a war footing is called for to ameliorate the disasters that are to come. Even at that palliation is all that we could hope for.
    Lip service won't manage the job at all.

    •  We'll see what's in his SOTUS (4+ / 0-)
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      "Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement" ~ Will Rogers

      by Lefty Coaster on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:38:51 PM PST

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    •  I'm cautiously optimist, (5+ / 0-)

      but am waiting for significant and meaningful action too,

      comparable to the long-term risks we are facing.

      Still such a strong statement -- is way better

      than No statement at all.

      It makes all the middle-of-the-roaders, sit up and take notice,

      and say "Hmmm, maybe there is something to this, afterall?"

      Here's how the game is really Rigged.

      by jamess on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:41:50 PM PST

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    •  It will be through the EPA like it's been the last (0+ / 0-)

      4 years.

    •  That's what people in the '70s would have said.... (0+ / 0-)

      about CFC usage. And yet, in the following decade, a tipping point was passed; once enough people got behind the phasing out of said chemicals, the Montreal Protocol was passed, effectively making CFCs a thing of the past.

      I honestly can't venture an exact guess as to when the same will happen for climate change; it may happen as soon as 2020, or not until 2050 when the world's oil is about to permanently run dry. But I can say that too many people who think about only the here and now when predicting the future are often caught by surprise; after all, nobody in the '40s predicted the success of Civil Rights....and few in the '60s and '70s thought that the Soviet Union's demise would come thru largely peaceful means and not by nuclear war....or that it would even happen at all according to some.

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