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  •  This is it's own kind of elitism: (2+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy, nosleep4u

    "who in their estimation are overeducated ignoramuses"

    It's exactly that kind of attitude that makes me want to say eff'em. Even the Democrats from West Virginia are climate deniers. It's Stockholm Syndrome. Look at how Rockefeller was pilloried when he spoke out about it. And then they're jerks about it, considering people who've spent time actually studying the issue "overeducated ignoramuses." In any event, my point was just to let it be known that that emotional response is out there.

    As I said, I agree that climate change legislation should include economic development for coal country. Maybe you missed the part where I agreed that my considered and sympathetic response was opposite to my immediate response. But maybe instead of denying there's a problem guys like that jerk Manchin should get on board with crafting a solution that helps his region.

    Look, I've got family that I love very much from "Pennsyltucky" coal country outside Pittsburgh. I've got a fondness for bluegrass music. I love the movie Bloody Harlan. Sharing my emotional reaction might have suggested something I didn't intend, hostility or derision toward the culture and history of the region.

    It's not that. It's really just a simple emotional response to being told that any legislation has to bail out the very folks standing in the way of even rationally discussing the issue on a scientific basis, and my point in sharing it was to warn that not everyone gets beyond their immediate emotional response. Eventually there will be climate change legislation. If Manchin or other Appalachian pols want economic development as part of the deal they should get with the program or they risk (sadly, you and I agree) being cut out.

    Passive renunciation is not the whole of wisdom.

    by play jurist on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 02:30:34 AM PST

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