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  •  It isn't true (1+ / 0-)
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    I already reduced my energy usage, however, if society and/or economy had not developed more efficient light bulbs (for example), I would not have been able to.

    Pretending individuals can solve this problem is a feel good and/or feel bad red-herring.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:05:36 AM PST

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    •  Silly (10+ / 0-)

      it is silly to sit and do nothing and expect our energy and environmental problems to be solved by someone or something else.

      Individuals can take beneficial steps with regards to environmental and energy problems.  While the individual contribution to the overall problem may seem small, the combined efforts of many individuals working together is huge.

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:45:38 AM PST

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      •  I cannot change the infrastructure (0+ / 0-)

        Let's get real.  What you wrote I agree with.  But it's utterly vague and does not lead to any real solution.

        It's just rhetoric if it doesn't have the force of law.

        I noticed nobody touched my question about how much oil US military uses per day either?  Or the implied point of how in the hell I'm supposed to reduce that.  But, ...

        Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

        by yet another liberal on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:56:05 AM PST

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        •  Focus on what you CAN do (7+ / 0-)

          Spending all your efforts thinking about all the things you can't do is a waste of time and effort and results in your doing nothing.

          Instead of wasting your time thinking about all the things you can't do (and the list is inexhaustably long), it is more productive to focus your energies on what you CAN do.

          And you can conserve, and that requires nothing from all those people and institutions that don't care and aren't going to listen to you anyways.

          You are correct, by the way, that the US military contributes an outsized share to wasteful petroleum use and climate change.  You can't really do much about that.  But if you sit around and do nothing waiting for the US military to stop being wasteful, you will sit around doing nothing for a long time and end up being all resentful that nothing changes.

          Far better that you use your time and effort to do what you can do: conserve more and be less wasteful.  Even that little bit you can contribute - no matter how insignificantly miniscule that seems to you - is beneficial.  And far more beneficial than doing nothing and getting all bitter about it.

          "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

          by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:25:26 AM PST

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