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  •  what we are capable of (4+ / 0-)

    this seems a good place to ask you about your views on climate change and how they may have evolved over this period. It was not mentioned in your diary.
    That 'element of unpredictability' is actually called 'brinksmanship' and has been one of the most destructive policies of the US since becoming a superpower in WWII.
    It is now the default position we are taking regarding any action on climate change; insisting we will do nothing until all other nations do something.
    It sounds as if you still embrace the American Exceptionalism idea, not to mention more than a little of the "with us or against us" vomit spewed by W. How can that possibly coexist with the New You?

    Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

    by kamarvt on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:10:14 AM PST

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    •  Never cared much for climate skeptics (4+ / 0-)

      The science always seemed generally accepted, and I've always thought newer, cleaner energy and technology was good.

      I wouldn't say climate change is an issue that I really prioritize though. But I like the EPA and reducing pollution as much as possible.

      In college I even took a couple pro-enviro classes as electives. I guess it just never really hit me to be passionate one way or another about climate change.

      I'm certainly not hysterical over its impacts, but I wouldn't dare associate myself with the major skeptics who are trying to deny any man-made impact on the trend of a warmer planet.

      I also don't point to any hurricane or tumultuous weather and say "LOOK, GLOBAL WARMING!" Because the evidence there is quite thin as well. Let's just develop better, renewable energy, and stop being so wasteful in general.

      That's something that I grew up with and never really had any impact regarding political views because it's not really a political issue.

      Regarding being a hawk, I disagree with your assessment that brinksmanship has been the most destructive of policies. It's hard to imagine now, but the threat of communism spreading was very real, and containment wasn't a bad policy in and of itself.

      I'm not a neo-conservative level hawk, but I supported the actions, and still support that we performed the actions, but we still went too far, and that's easy to say in hindsight, but you can't with any certainty say that it hasn't dissuaded others, when faced with what we're capable of.

      I'm not a typical Kossian left-wing Progressive. I think this is what the country needs now in general, but I'm very much a hawk historically on some issues, but want us to behave more rationally in peace time and wind down the MIC and focus on domestic issues.

      I'm a moderate, meaning i think Bush went a bit too far, but I think the general actions were what the whole country wanted, and it's what we got.

      •  You should look into (1+ / 0-)
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        getting in line and working toward helping in the climate crisis.  Because it is a crisis and you will have a very different future if your age demo doesn't get involved.

        Everyone! Arms akimbo!

        by tobendaro on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:06:50 AM PST

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