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  •  I have no optimism left on this (4+ / 0-)
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    maryabein, TJ, orlbucfan, too many people

    What so many forget is that there are large latency effects. If we stopped burning fossil fuels tomorrow, completely, the climate will continue to warm for many years because of what we have already released. I think we can all agree that we won't stop using fossil fuels tomorrow. In fact I believe we will stop using fossil fuels on the day we have ripped the last of them out of the earth and not a day sooner.
    It's not just the US anymore either. China is either close to or has already surpassed us in carbon emissions, and I imagine India will be up there very soon.
    Huge differences between the parties?
    I expect that after he no longer has to worry about annoying the base, Obama will approve a version of Keystone. I don't expect him to take any serious action on mountain top removal for coal mining either.
    He will push for nuclear plants, approve federal money for some wind and solar projects etc. but none of that will be nearly enough.
    Sure the Democrats will be an improvement over the Republicans, but I've seen absolutely no indication that they have any real grasp of just how dire the situation is and how big the changes we need to make are.
    Will they eventually get it? Sure, but only when it's too late, a time which is perilously close already.
    We are in for some very very hard times ahead.

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