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2020-10-25 4:31:32 AM  
44 votes:
And Covid has also shown that huge portions of the population will refuse to save themselves with disease and death littering the streets, literally.
 
2020-10-25 4:31:51 AM  
39 votes:
Yeah but...

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2020-10-25 4:34:32 AM  
33 votes:
Judging by the shiatshow threads that result whenever we talk about green energy or clean transport on this site, I imagine 90% of the difficulty lies in political will. Even people that do believe in global warming think we shouldn't do anything because it's too hard or they like the sound of a V8 or whatever the silly excuse is.

We need a consumer carbon tax ASAP. Like yesterday.
 
2020-10-25 4:48:12 AM  
28 votes:
The argument from the fossil fuel guys has always been "We can't afford to do it"

My argument has always been "We can't afford not to"
 
2020-10-25 4:36:51 AM  
26 votes:
Fark yeah. I'm lucky enough to be 45, GenX and likely to be dead in 20 years before the climate shiat really hits the fan. I'm motivated to die relatively early in my case by my family history of Alzheimers, dropping dead due to overindulgence in beer and pork in 20 years will be perfect for me.

But I tell my step-kids and step-grandkids that climate is going to be the huge issue for their generations, and that today's politicians are full of shiat when it comes to reasons to avoid action on climate change.

If replacing old coal generated power stations with renewable resources as they come offline is so expensive (it's not) that it's impossible (it's not), but shutting down entire industries is fine to protect old people from COVID (it is but young people need economic support which is not being provided enough) then whoever is telling you this is a farking farkhead.

It's the Australian federal government's entire position though, also Trump's. Never listen to these arseholes, listen to scientists instead.
 
2020-10-25 5:29:59 AM  
25 votes:
The problem is never the cost, it's who the money is going to. Not oil and gas, not defense contractors, not the Koch brothers, not the 1%. In fact it is making efforts to take money from those sources. So it's unacceptable.
 
2020-10-25 4:52:15 AM  
19 votes:
COVID has done one thing well...

Expose how much money was being witheld from the people.

Now that the bottom line/hypercapitlist/neo liberal machine is at stake the purse strings semi sort of stingily open just enough to not let it entirely die at the source (the average consumer of their sh*t).

Unfortunately due to their Randian dogma their own bullsh*t is working against them via the dumbf*ck Tea Party and beyond types they worked so hard to get elected.

Sucks to be you, dicks.

Wallow in it!
 
2020-10-25 5:34:53 AM  
16 votes:

Likwit: We need a consumer carbon tax ASAP. Like yesterday.


You're looking in the wrong direction, buddy.

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says
 
2020-10-25 4:57:33 AM  
15 votes:
It's funny that the people who extol the flexibility and creativity of people then say that we can't possibly use our markets and smarts to find alternatives. Price Carbon, it's simple market forces
 
2020-10-25 5:13:17 AM  
13 votes:
Best case scenario, this pandemic leads to world-changing progress in the way that the Black Death helped to usher in the Renaissance. Worst case, we get our vaccines just in time to die in floods, wildfires, extreme weather, famine and Netflix outages.
 
2020-10-25 4:41:55 AM  
11 votes:
The skies got so clear this last spring.. driving home in the morning, I could see so far.. but it didn't last.
 
2020-10-25 8:15:58 AM  
10 votes:

Likwit: Opiate of the Lasses: Likwit: We need a consumer carbon tax ASAP. Like yesterday.

You're looking in the wrong direction, buddy.

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

A consumer-level carbon tax would be extremely effective. It's been shown to work in several real world trials. The biggest problem is that it's quite regressive. I've seen several papers with really cool solutions, but they'd be 100% impossible in the US.

Europe is gonna whip our asses in the next decade unless our private sector can save the day.


Narrator: the private sector did not save the day, there was too much money to be made letting things get worse.
 
2020-10-25 11:01:41 AM  
8 votes:

2fardownthread: When the price of gasoline in the US doubles or triples in real terms, change will come really quickly.


You're a kid aren't you?  I remember when gas was 50 cents a gallon. I remember people swearing that if it ever got above 1 dollar they would stop traveling. And the same at $2, and $3, and even you must remember people saying that about $4 gas.  Absolutely nobody is going to change anything no matter how expensive it gets.  At $40 a gallon they will complain that it's taking half their paycheck but they will keep driving.
 
2020-10-25 9:55:14 AM  
8 votes:
I was listening to one of the right-wing talking turds being interviewed this morning and it struck me how similar the virus talk is tho there climate talk. "We can't slow the spread but a vaccine will save us" "We can't slow fossils fuel use but innovation will save us".
 
2020-10-25 9:08:46 AM  
6 votes:

Blathering Idjut: It was something when Trump bragged about reduced carbon emissions during the debate.

"My incompetence on Covid has a silver lining!"


I'll take it. I have two daughters and I'm concerned for their future. If this slight pause in global warming means my baby girls will have to murder just one less person for water or bullets as they roam the apocalyptic hellscape, it will have been worth it.
 
2020-10-25 9:08:09 AM  
6 votes:
No, it never was that expensive. Just like universal healthcare isn't. It just involved a minority making less money while the majority would have more. Can't have that in the neoliberal/neocon world
 
2020-10-25 7:54:26 AM  
6 votes:

Opiate of the Lasses: Likwit: We need a consumer carbon tax ASAP. Like yesterday.

You're looking in the wrong direction, buddy.

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says


A consumer-level carbon tax would be extremely effective. It's been shown to work in several real world trials. The biggest problem is that it's quite regressive. I've seen several papers with really cool solutions, but they'd be 100% impossible in the US.

Europe is gonna whip our asses in the next decade unless our private sector can save the day.
 
2020-10-25 7:10:53 AM  
6 votes:
But nothing will be done for the next 30 years thanks to the Boomer's death grip on wealth and political power.
 
2020-10-25 6:42:26 AM  
6 votes:

MaliFinn: Medic Zero: MaliFinn: And then nobody drove anywhere all summer and emissions dropped on their own

Whew! Dodged a bullet there! Now we don't have to do anything about climate change.

Whee, hooray!  Silliness!
However there will be some good long-lasting effects from this.  Working from home has exploded, and nobody wants to uncork that bottle.  We can get the same things done with less carbon and people enjoy it.


It wouldn't surprise me one bit to find out that the commercial real estate and commercial travel sectors had willingly and joyfully contributed to every "go back to work" campaign. People like Bob Kraft, for example, must be drowning in red with as far down as their revenue must be right now.
 
2020-10-25 6:03:26 AM  
6 votes:

Likwit: Judging by the shiatshow threads that result whenever we talk about green energy or clean transport on this site, I imagine 90% of the difficulty lies in political will. Even people that do believe in global warming think we shouldn't do anything because it's too hard or they like the sound of a V8 or whatever the silly excuse is.

We need a consumer carbon tax ASAP. Like yesterday.


Impediments identified.

When the price of gasoline in the US doubles or triples in real terms, change will come really quickly. I am looking forward to seeing the Green New Deal.
 
2020-10-25 8:20:06 AM  
4 votes:

quatchi: The argument from the fossil fuel guys has always been "We can't afford to do it"

My argument has always been "We can't afford not to"


Yes, but that's long term, and I've got the upcoming quarterly report to think of!

\this message brought to you by capitalism
 
2020-10-25 5:20:45 AM  
4 votes:

Gordon Bennett: Best case scenario, this pandemic leads to world-changing progress in the way that the Black Death helped to usher in the Renaissance. Worst case, we get our vaccines just in time to die in floods, wildfires, extreme weather, famine and Netflix outages.


Thread done, I reckon. This is just about everything we need to know.
 
2020-10-25 12:20:44 PM  
3 votes:
The whole "we can't pay for green energy because it's too expensive" line was always clearly belied by the fact that we can just literally print as much money as we want for zero cost now using computers. When they start printing up trillions of dollars and handing it to billionaires to maintain the status quo even the least-informed start to take notice.
 
2020-10-25 10:25:22 AM  
3 votes:

Aussie_As: Fark yeah. I'm lucky enough to be 45, GenX and likely to be dead in 20 years before the climate shiat really hits the fan. I'm motivated to die relatively early in my case by my family history of Alzheimers, dropping dead due to overindulgence in beer and pork in 20 years will be perfect for me.

But I tell my step-kids and step-grandkids that climate is going to be the huge issue for their generations, and that today's politicians are full of shiat when it comes to reasons to avoid action on climate change.

If replacing old coal generated power stations with renewable resources as they come offline is so expensive (it's not) that it's impossible (it's not), but shutting down entire industries is fine to protect old people from COVID (it is but young people need economic support which is not being provided enough) then whoever is telling you this is a farking farkhead.

It's the Australian federal government's entire position though, also Trump's. Never listen to these arseholes, listen to scientists instead.


There's already the beginnings of crop failures around the world and the Arctic is probably going to be ice free in the summer in the 2030s. You're going to be alive when the shiat starts really spraying.
 
2020-10-25 10:23:21 AM  
3 votes:
I really really liked hearing Biden say that we are going to phase out fossil fuels and eliminate drug abuse offenses. I thought he was in danger of compromising with the RS on everything, so farkit, he's libby enough for me!
 
2020-10-25 9:16:32 AM  
3 votes:

Smoking GNU: And Covid has also shown that huge portions of the population will refuse to save themselves with disease and death littering the streets, literally.


Covid has also shown that mother nature isn't going to wait for our ass to fix global warming and will take action on it's own.  And of course people fight it.
 
2020-10-25 8:45:19 AM  
3 votes:
It was something when Trump bragged about reduced carbon emissions during the debate.

"My incompetence on Covid has a silver lining!"
 
2020-10-25 7:54:54 AM  
3 votes:

2fardownthread: Likwit: Judging by the shiatshow threads that result whenever we talk about green energy or clean transport on this site, I imagine 90% of the difficulty lies in political will. Even people that do believe in global warming think we shouldn't do anything because it's too hard or they like the sound of a V8 or whatever the silly excuse is.

We need a consumer carbon tax ASAP. Like yesterday.

Impediments identified.

When the price of gasoline in the US doubles or triples in real terms, change will come really quickly. I am looking forward to seeing the Green New Deal.


Which Green New Deal? There's like 40 of them.
 
2020-10-25 6:25:26 AM  
3 votes:

Medic Zero: MaliFinn: And then nobody drove anywhere all summer and emissions dropped on their own

Whew! Dodged a bullet there! Now we don't have to do anything about climate change.


Whee, hooray!  Silliness!
However there will be some good long-lasting effects from this.  Working from home has exploded, and nobody wants to uncork that bottle.  We can get the same things done with less carbon and people enjoy it.
 
2020-10-25 4:10:05 PM  
2 votes:
There was never an option to not pay for climate change, it was just a choice between paying now in money, or paying later in money, lives, and destroyed infrastructure. We've largely been going with the pay later option for 40 years now.
 
2020-10-25 2:42:48 PM  
2 votes:

Xenu's Giant Pink Replicock: dailygrinds

You forgot the totals, and can we afford it? Not just the US as well, but the USG currently has negative 20 trillion dollars.

This guy is saying "we can afford it" based on a one time emergency spend. And isn't backing up that assertion. I don't think Biden's tax plan will cover this, and I'm not savvy to the other 200 countries' finances to speculate. Care to have a go?


You bring up an interesting point, the U.S. national debt is around $20 trillion. What you're missing is that the debt is denominated in U.S. dollars. This graphic shows how many U.S. Dollars the U.S. federal government has -
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The federal government has the unique ability to spend money into existence. Spending federal dollars on green energy initiatives puts money directly into consumers pockets. It will boost the economy at all levels as the rest of the economy ramps up to meet new demands. The fed has recently acknowledged that no amount of federal spending yet has increased inflation. I fail to see any impediment besides political will due to the poisoning of the conversation by fossil fuel industry propaganda and the politicians they employ.
 
2020-10-25 2:18:28 PM  
2 votes:
dailygrinds

You forgot the totals, and can we afford it? Not just the US as well, but the USG currently has negative 20 trillion dollars.

This guy is saying "we can afford it" based on a one time emergency spend. And isn't backing up that assertion. I don't think Biden's tax plan will cover this, and I'm not savvy to the other 200 countries' finances to speculate. Care to have a go?
 
2020-10-25 11:16:31 AM  
2 votes:

Nadie_AZ: Covid is an byproduct of climate change. Whether you want to change or not, it is going to happen.


Uhm, what? COVID is a byproduct of climate change? How do you figure that? Viruses are organisms, and as such, mutate/develop new strains all the damn time, as mutation/evolution in simple organisms such as Viruses and Bacteria is extremely simple compared to change in higher organisms.

Combine that with the fact that there is a very high probability of any number of unknown strains or unique viruses/bacteria that only exist in very specific ecosystems that we'll only discover through the encroachment of humanity on these ecosystems, and you've got, under any circumstances, an extremely high probability of encountering illnesses that are new or unique.

Climate change can certainly impact the number and variation of viruses and bacteria as the change to environments will inevitably provoke new alterations in response as a natural part of survival, just the same as it has for the span of history.

That doesn't necessarily mean that Climate Change is directly responsible for this mutation/variation, though, since it's next to impossible to track back and identify the specific factors that caused it. That's really only possible with mutations that occur in a closed/controlled environment, such as the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
 
2020-10-25 10:44:39 AM  
2 votes:
Covid is an byproduct of climate change. Whether you want to change or not, it is going to happen.
 
2020-10-25 10:26:23 AM  
2 votes:

Opiate of the Lasses: Likwit: We need a consumer carbon tax ASAP. Like yesterday.

You're looking in the wrong direction, buddy.

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says


Carbon VAT. Companies make products for people. That's the whole idea of VAT.
 
2020-10-25 10:26:17 AM  
2 votes:

hugadarn: I was listening to one of the right-wing talking turds being interviewed this morning and it struck me how similar the virus talk is tho there climate talk. "We can't slow the spread but a vaccine will save us" "We can't slow fossils fuel use but innovation will save us".


"Do nothing while the status quo gets actively worse."
 
2020-10-25 5:38:33 AM  
2 votes:
Covid 19 will result in the Progressives coming to power a decade ahead of when demographic changes would indicate.  President Biden will stop all fracking and oil drilling.  We will have a mandatory carbon tax and implement the smart cities initiative.   we will stop climate change
 
2020-10-25 4:34:04 AM  
2 votes:
And then nobody drove anywhere all summer and emissions dropped on their own
 
2020-10-25 4:47:10 PM  
1 vote:

dailygrinds: The New Deal inched us towards recovery, WWII clinched it. The "failure" of The New Deal was the same as the "failure" of the Obama recovery - it didn't go far enough, didn't spend enough money.


That's what your want to be true.  Wanting it doesn't make it actually true.

I've never heard anyone attempt to argue that WWII wasn't a tremendous benefit to our economy,

You know how I know you've never read an economic analysis of WW2?

and that was focused on spending money moving things around and blowing stuff up.

Yeah.  Essentially all of which is a deadweight loss to the actual economy.

Imagine that kind of work put towards positive things.

Yeah, imagine if you could actually just get a booming economy like that.  Despite at the times it was ever tried but working.  Imagine if ice cream cured COVID.  Imagine if Republicans could be reasoned with.
 
2020-10-25 3:19:34 PM  
1 vote:
This will change things
And this won't change things.

One consistent thing about humans is our inconsistency.
Much less conflict of interest and neglect for bonus.

BUT, at least this has shown it's possible and not pie in the sky.
Both the funding/logistcs and the planet showing it can recover fairly rapid.
This puts the skeptics back on their heels.

It won't be a all or nothing scenario
But it will be a war of attrition...but one that been shown doable.

Just like any battle worth winning...gotta get out the vote, collect the donations, ramp up the workers, create the programs, etc.
It will be a long war, but it can be won.
For the right reasons.
A good war.
 
2020-10-25 3:13:25 PM  
1 vote:

dailygrinds: Are familiar with The New Deal or perhaps WWII? Both were massive federal jobs programs funded by deficit spending that most economists agree had a measurably positive effect on the economy.
How do suppose creating more and better paying jobs will not boost the economy?


The consensus on the New Deal isn't quite what you think it is, and that's in the context of the Great Depression.  Doing that in "normal" times would be a terrible, terrible policy.

As far as I'm aware, no economist anywhere sees war as economically beneficial.
 
2020-10-25 2:49:42 PM  
1 vote:

BMFPitt: dailygrinds: To save the farking world with a massive jobs program that will massively boost our economy. How can we afford to not do that?

Hurr durr trickle down magical thinking.


Federal government places order for fleet of hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts for the military. Stipulates in bid request that production must be in the U.S. by a U.S. owned corporation and that employees must be compensated to a certain level and receive adequate benefits. This is not trickle down economics.
 
2020-10-25 2:08:56 PM  
1 vote:

Smoking GNU: And Covid has also shown that huge portions of the population will refuse to save themselves with disease and death littering the streets, literally.


I work outside and in the public. I haven't seen any bodies in the streets.
 
2020-10-25 1:56:54 PM  
1 vote:

Xenu's Giant Pink Replicock: "If just 12 percent of currently pledged COVID-19 stimulus funding were spent every year through 2024"

Huge difference between one time costs and recurring costs. You've got to prove we can afford that, on top of what we've already spent, to make your argument make any sense.


Let me do some difficult math for ya - 2020 though 2025 = 5 years
5 X 12% of current Covid stimulus funding = 60% of current Covid stimulus funding
To save the farking world with a massive jobs program that will massively boost our economy. How can we afford to not do that?
Speaking of can we afford it, how much money does the U.S. federal government have?
 
2020-10-25 11:01:12 AM  
1 vote:

hissatsu: Yeah but...

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I feel like I want this cartoon to be updated, with the dude on stage being replaced with an artistic rendering of that Swedish girl that became the postergirl for Climate Change efforts.
 
2020-10-25 8:14:32 AM  
1 vote:
Climate change is the #1 reason to vote for Biden. Now, I don't think he'll actually do much in the way of helping solve the problem, because he's beholden to big money just like every other politician, but at least he won't try to actively make things worse like the Republicans.

\in theory getting liberal\moderate judges in the courts would be #2, but Democrats have pretty much lost that battle for the foreseeable future.
 
2020-10-25 5:47:42 AM  
1 vote:

MaliFinn: And then nobody drove anywhere all summer and emissions dropped on their own


Whew! Dodged a bullet there! Now we don't have to do anything about climate change.
 
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