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  •  Don't stop thinkin' about tomorrow (3+ / 0-)

    A lot of hopelessness in this thread. I feel you.

    When I get down I go over the CleanTechnica and read about the rapid pace of technological change and adoption of renewable energy. And the pace is increasing. Economic factors are driving it, not just policy.

    But it's up to us to fight for policies that won't hinder the growth of renewables. Utilities are fighting back against feed-in tariffs and other measures to increase the rate of adoption for rooftop solar. We're at the "then they fight you" stage of this thing. The next stage is "then you win."

    Imagine if we were able to significantly cut into the profits of fossil fuel companies. Imagine if they could no longer afford to just buy all of our politicians. Put them out of business and we win the whole match. This isn't just about the environment, it's about every single fight we want the Democrats to win.

    There's a difference between a responsible gun owner and one that's been lucky so far.

    by BeerNotWar on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 08:21:07 AM PDT

    •  Damn (1+ / 0-)
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      Evil earworm!

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 09:31:03 AM PDT

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    •  it is a race though.. all the solutions are there (1+ / 0-)
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      and more and better ones are developing to the point that they will just win due to direct economic factors... cheaper etc.

      BUT the overlap of waning dirty energy... rising delayed climate changes still playing out... and the replacement of old energy with renewable green energy could still leave the world struggling to endure a period of destabilization of just about everything... natural, social and economic.

      We do not know the full extent of the still developing harm... changing technological course of a whole planet is exactly like the Titanic and the iceberg... takes time to slow, steer or reverse an ocean liner.

      Or are we like the Costa Concordia speeding mostly heedlessly past an ignored danger and taking a while to finally sink... most survive but a catastrophe... and the long term situation dealt with via a huge and unprecedented use of technology rather than let it work itself out "naturally".

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

      by IreGyre on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 09:43:52 AM PDT

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      •  I don't know (2+ / 0-)
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        But I know despair will only make things worse. Everything we do to reduce CO2 emissions or sequester current atmospheric CO2 will reduce the impact of the problem.

        There's a difference between a responsible gun owner and one that's been lucky so far.

        by BeerNotWar on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 10:33:08 AM PDT

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