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As Americans Increasingly Bear 'Real Costs of Climate Crisis,' Polls Show Soaring Realization of Global Warming's Threat

As Americans Increasingly Bear 'Real Costs of Climate Crisis,' Polls Show Soaring Realization of Global Warming's Threat

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

While President Donald Trump, GOP lawmakers, and the fossil fuel industry continue to deny the dangers of the climate crisis to justify pushing for polluter-friendly policies, a growing majority of Americans—faced with increasingly destructive and costly droughts, storms, and wildfires—accept global warming driven by human activity as reality and are concerned about it, according to a pair of polls out Tuesday.

Don’t just make complaints, make fundable demands. That’s the political equivalent of “get it in writing”.

I demand a 90% reduction in total offsite energy generation for heating houses and other buildings. We can do this! Safe solar thermal heat needs to be captured, probably in rock beds. That same heat needs to be distributed when the house needs to be warmed up to 68 degrees, around 6:00 a.m. on winter mornings, probably with the aid of a mini-split heat pump. That’s how I hope to do it! The known hazard of toxic mold in the rock bed needs to be solved by good engineering. Do you think that we can’t actually do this?

I demand 90% renewable electricity generation after dark. I can name several ways of storing the needed energy. The leader would be solar power towers. I demand that the engineering side-problem of bird kills be solved, probably by not directly focusing 1000 suns on the power tower. For just a slight additional cost, 10 suns at a time can be focused into windows. Beyond the windows are mirrored tubes capable of funneling 100 suns to a heat storage unit. Zero bird kills, same inexpensive after-dark electricity generation. I actually have a second way of accomplishing this same engineering job but whatever.

I demand R&D for a new transit system. I expect 99.9% fewer casualties and a 90% lifetime fuel reduction over our freeway system (where humanity’s current love of exotic batteries has turned into a big big climate joke!)

I demand that 350.org and all similar organizations make practical research and development demands. Well?

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uuuummmmm it’s nice to see this report but the cows have already left the barn. We are in a life eliminating event, all life, the 6th extinction along with global warming/climate change, the collapse of governments and societies are only going to speed up faster and faster. As noted elsewhere, all we can do adapt…but…the changes will be so rapid there will be no chance of adapting. There can be acceptance though, if you open your mind and heart.

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It can be if you let it. You might enjoy my front page and maybe it won’t seem so frightening to you.

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Intellectual realization is one thing, gut realization, which is what matters, is quite another.
A “soaring realization” comes to naught when people are told the price they must pay to avoid a climate catastrophe is to give up driving and heating.
During the centuries of slavery, lots of people had a “soaring realization” that there was something wrong with enslaving another person, but when confronted with the price of freeing their slaves, namely the loss of appropriated labor, they were just content with writing about how terrible slavery was and doing nothing about it. Benjamin Franklin was a case in point.
This is not a problem that can be solved through leadership. It must be solved through brutal means, forcing people to give up driving and heating whether they like it or not. Since this is impossible, enjoy Planet Earth while you have it, because there isn’t much time left.

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Science is not intended to be democratic across the broad spectrum of society. No, the peer review process is much more sublime and takes advantage of specialists who have devoted years of their lives to developing their expertise in niche topics that form the mosaic whole. It is established science that global climate change is real and a virulent threat to numerous systems on the planet spanning innumerable life forms, not just humans. All of that being said, we do need the voice of democracy to press the government to be responsible for developing effective strategies and regulations for responding to the threat as best we can. Thoughts and prayers just ain’t going to cut it.

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A sudden awakening is possible. There has been sudden realizations in public opinion, perhaps the most remarkable case was smoking, which in barely 20 years went from being totally accepted to totally rejected, a tsunami of change.

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When I announced my intentions in 1995 to relocate to Oregon from Tennessee, the standard response was 'Oregon?! It rains all the time!".

When I first arrived that was more true than now, which is substantiated by the following from the National Weather Service, which shows the best anywhere in the entire state can do is ‘abnormally dry’ . . . and that’s just small areas:

UPDATE ON DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND IMPACTS FOR OREGON AS OF JANUARY 8TH , 2018
Drought conditions persist across most of Oregon, as depicted by the U.S. Drought Monitor. A wide swath of extreme drought covers much of central and southern Oregon, in total about one-quarter of the state. Most of the remainder of the state is classified as severe drought. Only portions of northeast Oregon and extreme northwest Oregon are in lower drought categories: moderate drought or abnormally-dry.

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You’re describing the lighting of a house, off-grid.

Unfortunately, every house’s freezer/fridge (if you have one) requires a nearly 100% dependable electricity source. I wouldn’t recommend photovoltaics/batteries alone to light and power a house at night, because sooner or later you’ll get two or three cloudy days in a row and then you could lose your freezer’s food. Exception: some deserts are so cloudless that you’ll never see a completely cloudy day.

That said, somebody could engineer a way to store fuel and to burn the local fuel to get electricity on those rare cloudy stretches. For example, wood pellets or slash from a logging mill might store and stay burnable for years in storage.

Some engineer is going to try to freeze cow manure to a solid state so that it can’t generate any methane, not until it’s allowed to thaw out at least, and then at some time in the future the cow power would generate electricity.

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global warming is non sense.Algore and most of those folks d not follow SOUND science…rather they follow an emotional stream of pseudo science study history. even read Plato and Socrates and other historians. Nature has been doing this kind of thing since the beginning of time. FACT ONE: NASA last month released a report of global cooling. FACT 2) search youtube…Nobel Laureate Smashes the Global Warming Hoax

One hard thing about it will be the panic reaction. No doubt folks will be scream’n to support this environmental initiative and that environmental initiative. I am no different. I am no better. But I do remember my unthoughtout approach to opposing the bombing of Cambodia (opposing war) once upon a time. The disorganized nature of it to this day bugs me. Activism is work, just like Ralph Nader says. We can only begin where we think it’ll count and roll up our sleeves. No matter how LONG a shot the goal looks from where we start. For pay I work fairly hard, and don’t have the time to re-phrase everything I write for the sake of the appearance of another spontaneous comment. I feel fully justified in conserving it…not considering it spamming. Just made this comment under a Dean Baker Counterpunch article…

Don’t wanna be pie in the sky re green new deal. Am realizing most things I read about it are about something in the future. Actually, if we were determined to “break up the fallow ground” for this thing, we’d all get active on trade reform NOW. Now is better than later. Neoliberalism is a big thing. It’s got inertia. MSM is acting like AOC’s message is getting recognized at the moment. Well, it was recognized in 2016! I don’t think we’ll jump to the thing in quantum fashion. Wish we would, but I’m seeing resistance to the resistance is a thorny project. WEIRD, a message on changing neoliberalism NOW came by way of MSM. Show me something weirder. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/fighting-over-trade-wars-lori-wallach-podcast-transcript-ncna958876

HI PaulK YES, DEAMANDS are the key because we just saw it done so wellby the French—and they’re not done yet! : )

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An open door to a teaching moment.

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I can’t? I do. You want to? Start a blog.

You might want to add this to your blog. I think it’s worth a mention. The video of ms. Harris questioning kavannah is inspiring. (As far as her announcement to run for president goes.)

Speaking of ‘bearing the costs’, if you participate in the Carbon Tax and Credit Scheme (its official title) and their Carbon Credits greenmail extortion, you are allowing all the major industries to continue to pollute, in return for tithe dispensations from the unelected and anti-human IPCC Scientocracy New Carbon Catholic in Bern. Those tithes flow from Bern to tin-pot dictators and their generals in SEAsia, in South America, in Africa and in India, who have bulldozed, and will continue to bulldoze, 100,000s of 3W indigents and aboriginals off their freeland holdings, every year more, clear-cutting the tropical rainforests and burning the undergrowth for ‘renewable’ palm oil plantations and biofuels megafarms, entrapping the dispossessed innocents in squalid work camps or horrid urban ghettoes where they starve and die:

The blood of millions of innocents is on Gore Gang of Four and the Green New Dealers. As IPCC sychophants and even paid franchisees, they are global genociders. Now you can no longer claim, ‘I am a Good Greenman, and I did not know.’

The only ‘trend’ that matters is that Congress will underwrite the unfunded Green New Deal swindle, then $500B more a year of Americans’ last life savings that are never coming back, will go towards bulldozing the last rainforest Gardens of Eden left on Earth. And that feeds into their Extreme Climate Change CrISIS trope of eco-terrorism, pushing the world into a Global New Carbon Catholic Corporate:State:Scientocracy, a totalitarian meat-grinder pharoahocracy of 1,000 years.

The Third Temple of the Apocalypse of Green Baby Jebeezus (pbuh).

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There are so many branches of the tree I can’t keep up with it all. Because of my health I have limit things so my main focus is on Ice Melt and methane. Thanks for the suggestion.

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I wish she hadn’t announced. We need her in the senate. I’m not clear on her domestic platform and am sticking with Bernie until the end.

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No dryer. Washing clothes by hand. Bucket collects water from washing hands to flush toilet. No elevator for up to six floors. I refuse the plastic straws and carry my own shopping bags. Don’t need the bus or taxi or rental bike because everything is within walking distance. If not, I jog.
Where am I? China.
They are obsessed with building and sidewalks though. A little excess capacity, sad to say.

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I’ve lived all over for about twelve years. Currently near Macau. But the culture, structure, from an American’s viewpoint, is very consistent throughout, differences being mainly in the size of the city. Good roads with separate cycle paths, good buses, lots of electric bikes and trikes and small cars, rental bikes, all electric trains between cities, extensive metro, local open fresh food markets, mostly small retail, local exercise stations, safe communities.

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