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  •  Many are aware (16+ / 0-)

    but think it's just hopeless as the grip of grease is so entrenched. Two environmental biologists live on my block and both are very pessimistic about any meaningful action by our legislators and one of their major owner's, dirty energy. Money and a global economy that runs on grease.

    One works for the state doing studies on dredging the mouth of the Columbia, and the effects on the sea/freshwater life. The other works for a environmental group that's doing fish studies and the degradation of the wetlands. They sadly seem resigned to the futility of their work. Sometimes they have some effect for the better but what these brave scientists are up against is immense... and no one in power is about to do what's necessary.      

    One of my son's is conservative and he drives a big honking, earth destroying GMC SUV. He's not a denier he just says nothing I can do that will change the world,  besides my company pays for my car and gas. Heath insurance is another matter and as it comes out of his pocket (his policy was declared a Cadillac). He's now a true believer of universal single payer healhcare for all.  

    Seems to me they use the lure of cheap domestic dirty energy to pacify the short term needs and comfort level of people. Keep that oil flowing. Amoral, shortsighted and living in Axelrod's ' the world as we find it.'

    Leadership? Not even Bernie is willing to go against a car culture, a national infrastructure, business/economy and domestic built for grease. If it cost people more, reflected the real price of dirty energy then perhaps these people would not be so removed and so able to shrug off climate change/global warming as 'inevitable' as it's our 'lifestyle', and how can we survive without the spice. We do have feet.  

    How can the people, the majority, regardless of their political persuasion, get behind stopping what they see occurring to their world in real time? They are stuck in traffic or stuck working for their survival at the mercy of the by-partisan new world order. The one that refuses to look at anything other then the cries they conjure up to make some more profit. These crises like the faked cliffs of mass deception and the GNP and the mine shaft gap, suck all the air out of the reality that we are destroying our home, the earth.

    My rant      


    •  Righteous Rant (12+ / 0-)

      Often I feel like I am shouting into the wind. I got so pessimistic I had to get away from it all and move to Hawaii.

      I got my health and well being back and I'm trying to make a difference, but it's hard when the destroyers have billions to burn.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

      by FishOutofWater on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:27:30 PM PST

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    •  Yeah, I try to be optimistic, but I cannot say (2+ / 0-)
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      that I disagree with what you've said at all.

      I've driven a compact, gas-saving car of some type for over 30 years.   In the late 1970s, we used to think it would help save the world.  Even in the early 1990s, we thought we could make a difference.

      I actually like driving smaller cars, as it's more convenient, easier to get around, easier to park, etc.   But it seems I've done that in vain -- saving a bit of money perhaps, but not the world.

      Individual action can't make an impact in something this big.  It requires concerted effort and mandated, organized responses.  And that takes government action and government interaction.  And that does not appear to be in sight, perhaps outside Germany and a few other places too small to put a big enough dent in emissions.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:38:15 PM PST

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