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    He implies that environmental action costs more than inaction. In fact the health costs of pollution are much higher than the costs of air and water quality regulation. Likewise climate change is causing the west and the plains to heat up and dry out raising the costs of grain and beef products. Damage from severe storms is way up in the U.S. The long term costs get even worse and they hit the lowest income groups the hardest.

    But — and I mentioned this to Tom and Kat and a few folks right before I came out here — the politics of this are tough. Because if you haven’t seen a raise in a decade; if your house is still $25,000, $30,000 underwater; if you’re just happy that you’ve still got that factor job that is powered by cheap energy; if every time you go to fill up your old car because you can’t afford to buy a new one, and you certainly can’t afford to buy a Prius, you’re spending 40 bucks that you don’t have, which means that you may not be able to save for retirement — you may be concerned about the temperature of the planet, but it’s probably not rising to your number-one concern. And if people think, well, that’s shortsighted, that’s what happens when you’re struggling to get by. You’re thinking about what’s right in front of you, which is how do I fill up my gas tank and how do I feed my family.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:57:09 PM PDT

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