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  •  Raise the prices (1+ / 0-)
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    cocinero

    People will not sacrifice for long term goals - we know this. They may want to when they hear about what is happening, but when they get out of bed the next day they still have to go to work and .... they are back into their old habits.

    If you want real change: Jack up prices (through taxes) on fossil fuels and make it clear no matter what the world price, the prices are not going back down. People DO respond to economic incentives. Let's do the same thing for meat and for air travel. and preferably also for the Chinese made crap that is fueling the oil binge over there too.

    The pipeline debate is a massive distraction. It makes people feel they are doing something when in reality cancelling it will not matter one bit if people still sue as much oil as before ... cause oil can come in from anywhere ... and if the oil is needed (if demand does not drop) then it will be produced  and it will get to market somehow.

    Let's have some real change - if we are really serious.  Gas $8 a gallon to start with.

    There's room at the top they're telling you still But first you must learn how to smile as you kill If you want to be like the folks on the hill

    by taonow on Sun May 05, 2013 at 07:28:53 PM PDT

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      effort.  If unable to do so then they just don't care about the future.  

      Macca's Meatless Monday

      by VL Baker on Sun May 05, 2013 at 07:34:13 PM PDT

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        cocinero, wonmug

        You are failing to understand human nature. Remember we are the products of evolution. Part of this is that we did not evolve really good ways of trading off the present for the future. (The guy on the savanna who was so concerned with the future over the present either starved or was eaten by lions - the guy focused on the day survived).

        We see this time and again with issues like smoking where people continue to smoke even though they know it may kill them ...

        Just finished a course in behavioral economics and I think most of us could learn a lot from what it tells us about how we really behave - especially if we want to generate real change ... and I really do.

        There's room at the top they're telling you still But first you must learn how to smile as you kill If you want to be like the folks on the hill

        by taonow on Sun May 05, 2013 at 07:53:24 PM PDT

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