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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

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After finally reading the returns of my gambit on the "Ender" thread on ATR, I think I'm going to scale back the length of my comments somewhat.

So—the needs of Earth's environment are simply unrealistic. We are too used to rowing towards that waterfall to slow down much now!

Shorter: mega-dittos, John!

Yep, that's a great metaphor; Democrats are offering to paddle slightly slower, but not to do anything that might actually prevent the plunge at the end.

But the best part will be listening to nice liberals arguing that we have to accept whatever response the Democrats will allow as "possible" (based on their parochial political calculations), whether or not it will actually avert disaster.

Butbutbut... Freeman Dyson says that in just a few years, we will genetically engineer trees to sequester carbon and drop kilotons of diamonds on the ground instead of leaves, thereby solving our environmental and economic problems all at once!! So you see, there's really no point in worrying about any of this today.

So Obama is for an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050, but his representative is against a 25% reduction by 2020? I guess committing future administrations to large reductions in greenhouse gases is easier than doing something yourself.

Here's a plan: we continue business-as-usual right up to Jan. 20, 2017 and then completely stop producing any greenhouse gases the day after.

And 5 media-conventional-wisdom points to the Wall Street Journal for recycling the tired "ideologue" vs. "pragmatist" meme.

And I thought trees already sequestered carbon? WTF?

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