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  •  Perception change is incremental, true, but... (8+ / 0-)

    I'm not sure that we have the luxury of time for slow, incremental acknowledgement of climate change by those who either have a motive to deny it or those who buy the denier's bullshit.

    The Gulf of Mexico is already at 77 freakin' degrees Fahrenheit this early in spring.  Residents of the gulf coast are talking about an active hurricane season, even though we're at a peak La Niña (which usually means much drier summer weather, indeed, drought conditions, in the southern latitudes of the US).  Remember Rick Perry praying for rain in Texas last year?

    This past winter was a wake up call.  Time's up, and there's no time for incrementalism.  That won't cause the ongoing political inertia to move, though.  Another Katrina - ten Katrinas - wouldn't wouldn't budge the inertia on climate change.

    We're resigned to our collective fate because we've been conditioned to believe that this is as good as it gets.

    by Richard Cranium on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 05:51:48 AM PDT

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    •  if you can't get it any other way (4+ / 0-)

      short of Noah's flood or the weather equivalent of fire and brimstone, you live with slow change of opinions.   If we are lucky, we have another horribly wet in some places, terrible drought in others summer, some huge deadly storm systems and another freakishly warm winter.  Once is an accident, twice is a trend.  If we make it the third year, its a fact.  Then you can have a quick change in perception.

      But all that means is that climate armageddon is already upon us, it will get worse, but it means we are in for increasingly rapid change.   If that doesn't happen, people will have their heads in the sand another decade.

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