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  •  Emissions have Consequences. (10+ / 0-)

    I think a few more F5s in Oklahoma and
    North Eastern Hurricanes will be natures way of making it abundantly clear that the President needs to use the full power vested in the executive to do what he can.
    In fact, one of the President's powers is to convene Congress. He should convene the House during the next Washington Hurricane to pass carbon pricing.

    To Goldman Sachs in according to their desires, From us in accordance with the IRS.

    by Bluehawk on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 03:40:41 PM PST

    •  ....which is why we should applaud the fact that.. (5+ / 0-)

      ..US had posted a 5% decline in per/capita CO2 emissions since 1990, thanks to Democratic policies such as President Carter's enhanced mileage standards, as well as policies championed by Clinton and Obama.

      Carbon Pricing?  Cap and Trade?

      Don't we champion the working and middle-class?  Don't we believe that wealth and income inequality is as bad as it's been since 1929?

      If so, how can we support policies that were born in RightWing Think Tanks, policies designed to raise revenue on the backs of the working poor?

      My Proposition?  Increase the amount of federal spending on R&D by 5x at the university level to accelerate a battery breakthrough.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

      by PatriciaVa on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:40:48 PM PST

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      •  I love me some R&D (4+ / 0-)

        Polywell Fusion research is a fav of mine.

        Anything connected to transportation with electricity gets targeted. Yes, youre so right.

        See my other comment in this thread about what we can do with off the shelf technologies right now.

        FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:48:15 PM PST

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      •  So ... (8+ / 0-)

        issue is not the sleight of hand 'per capita' but total emissions, especially since that 5% drop (sadly) can be heavily accounted for also by exporting polluting industries to China and the shipping to bring those goods to the United States.

        We need to be reducing global GHGs, not bragging about per capita improvements as the world's population increases.

        "Carbon Pricing" is 'regressive' unless there are policies that (as was the case with Waxman-Markey's Cap & Trade) address this and make it a progressive overall system.

        To advocate "let the pollution roll" b/c of inequality claims is to advocate letting the world fall (burn) around us.

        As for your "proposition", Advocating "R&D" absence advocating serious immediate action is to advocate delay, to suggest that there is some magic Silver Bullet to be created in the future.

        Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

        by A Siegel on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 05:37:18 PM PST

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        •  Action now, there is so much we can do now (1+ / 0-)
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          all of the shelf tech.

          Just switching 20% of our ( long distance, 50-60 miles and up) grid from AC to HVDC can save... I forget the pounds of carbon... about 4 gigs worth of electricity. Or 8, 500Mw coal plants.

          FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

          by Roger Fox on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:23:25 PM PST

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      •  More investment into battery research is a good... (10+ / 0-)

        ...idea, but it will only go a small way toward solving our energy problems and getting a handle on climate change.

        If it is decided that a carbon tax makes good sense to reduce the impacts of climate change, there are ways to ameliorate those costs to the poor and working class (which includes the middle class).

        But, please, making complaints about the origins of policy options when your sig line points us to a project dominated by investment bankers that bashes teachers and backs CAFTA, NAFTA and other "free trade" approaches all of which have helped obliterate large hunks of the nation's good jobs on the backs of the working class is a tad disingenuous, don't you think?

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 05:47:19 PM PST

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