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  •  The country that landed a man on the moon, etc. (5+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, orlbucfan, kindler, cocinero, cai

    The effort that resulted in going from barely being able to get into orbit to landing men on the moon and bringing them safely back in less than 8 years was a technological achievement that required a single minded sense of purpose and a massive investment in R&D, engineering and infrastructure.   Surely if we made the same effort to perfect technologies that already exist (solar, wind, Geo-thermal, wave/tide, energy efficiency) we could find ways to maintain our life styles without the need to burn undue amounts of fossil fuels.  All it takes is the political will and leadership.

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 10:42:17 AM PDT

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    •  Hear, hear, Do Something! (3+ / 0-)
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      indie17, cocinero, cai

      You took the comment right out of my head/keyboard. You bet we can gear up fast to battle this catastrophic threat. NASA has had plenty of info for decades on it. The military-industrial corporate complex squelched it in cahoots w/teh oil barons.

      Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

      by orlbucfan on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 11:40:41 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly (3+ / 0-)
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      And the biggest and cheapest gains can come from squeezing efficiencies out of our current technologies and infrastructure.  The Clinton Climate Initiative is leading a very promising campaign to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency in the world's largest cities, and attracting investors to fund it (for which there are returns).  

      40% of our climate change emissions are related to powering our buildings and homes.  There's a huge amount we can do to reduce that burden.  In fact, just look to California, which has beaten the rest of the country in reducing electricity demand growth through enforcing a stricter energy code the last few decades.

      There's so much untapped potential out there -- we just need to lead our leaders to go there, ASAP!

      Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two make four.  If that is granted, all else follows. -- George Orwell, 1984. Now on Twitter.

      by kindler on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 11:53:02 AM PDT

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