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  •  If you want legislation on Global Warming (6+ / 0-)

    then bust up the GOP. Attack their "Base" voters.

    That starts with attacking their holds on two groups of voters:

    -- "Pro-Lifers"

    -- NRA gun nuts

    The latter group is vulnerable. The few paranoids, less than 2% of the country, are hopeless. But otherwise, most males are not sleeping with their weapons.

    NRA claims there is a massive crime wave sweeping the country. 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 crime-related Defensive Gun Uses a year.

    That is NRA propaganda. Not supported by any public health, police, or media data. In fact for 2010 there were 80 civilian justifiable homicides at the shooters' homes.

    80. Not 10,000. That's the detail line info from the source data entries at NCIS in Rockville. These 80 are also unusual in that a sample of them that have text notes indicate that more than half were at houses where there were significant quantities of drugs.

    (Justifiable Homicide" is a check-off box on the NCIS & State Police reporting form.)

    Those 80 fatalities project to 240 total shootings. NRA's own preferred studies say that 3% to 8% of gun defense incidents result in the intruder being shot.

    If it is only 1% that result in shootings -- as the Guardian had for a calculation -- that would be 24,000 gun defenses for 2010.  Not the NRA propaganda fantasy, their version of "World War Z," with 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 gun defenses.

    Law and order has not broken down in America. In fact, violent crime has declined by 15.4% since 2002.

    You try to defend your home with a gun and you risk 19,000 suicides, 11,000 homicides, 800+ accidental fatalities, and 20,000+ accidental non-fatal shootings. Better plan, avoiding NRA hoax-pukery:

    -- Buy a PepperBlaster for $40
    -- Install surveillance video and a half-dozen decoys ($200)
    -- Secure your windows (cheap, but a half-hour each)
    -- Keep a phone at hand for a 911 call
    NRA has advised millions of people to buy guns for home defense. That is a hoax. And this is the backbone of the GOP ? Screw 'em.
    •  It's a global problem that the USA can (2+ / 0-)

      do very little about - except lead by example.

      And it's very sad that we're not even doing that - so, as a symbolic gesture in that direction not building Keystone XL would be nice.

      However, substantially, if that happened the Texas refineries in question would just get their crude oil from offshore and by rail from the tarsands (and the rest of the tarsands crude would go elsewhere in NA and abroad).

      There would be no net reduction in CO2 emissions.

      What needs to happen is that we dramatically reduce emissions - for example, undertake an green energy initiative similar to Germany's but not do something incredible stupid like they are to offset the whole effect on emissions . . .

      Then we'd a least have some standing to get Asia to think about reducing their emissions.

      •  China's taking steps. Their $70-billion investment (1+ / 0-)
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        in solar panel production is the largest anti-CO2 initiative.

        That's a break even investment at best.

        We're in the tar pit of Bircher/GOPer lobby-driven inaction.

        Obama is getting less than 1/3 of what his planned and asked to be budgeted in 2009.

        •  They might be "taking steps" (2+ / 0-)
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          but are still racing forward in a completely different direction . . .

          by contrast, the USA actually is trending downwards on carbon emissions (yes, more by accident than anything, but still - we have NOT massively expanded coal over the past decade - something that sets their emissions in stone for the next generation or two).

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