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6 comments February 4th, 2007at 01:21pm Posted by Eli

So, now that The Scientists have pretty much unequivocally stated that global warming is manmade, is an enormous problem, and requires immediate and drastic action, how likely is it that Bush or Republicans will address the problem with anything more radical than tax cuts for companies who pretend to reduce their emissions? How likely is it that the Democrats will pass a half-hearted bill that doesn’t go far enough, and which Bush will veto in the name of protecting business from unreasonable expenses?

Also, is this report going to be something that percolates into the public consciousness and fosters massive popular demand for action, or will it be a perfunctorily-reported-once-and-then-dropped non-story like everything else that doesn’t fit into the Republican narrative?

Does this increase or decrease Al Gore’s desire to run for president? Will global warming be a major campaign issue in 2008, or will it all be war and terrorism and gay immigrant marriage again?
I can’t say that I’m real optimistic on any of these points…

Entry Filed under: Bush,Energy,Environment,Gore,Republicans,Science

6 Comments

  • 1. charley  |  February 4th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    when the still sea conspires an armor
    and her sullen and aborted
    currents breed tiny monsters,
    true sailing is dead.

    awkward instant
    and the final animal is jettisoned,
    legs furiously pumping,
    their stiff green gallop,
    and heads bob up
    poise
    delicate
    pause
    consent
    in mute nostril agony
    carefully refined
    and sealed over.

  • 2. Eli  |  February 4th, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    Yes or no answers only, please.

  • 3. charley  |  February 4th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    NO, or maybe yes.

    thanx for the laugh.

    looking over your stuff, really nice eli.

    i don’t think i’ve ever taken my camera off iso 100. which maybe i should try. you can do a lot of things with digital that would never work with film.

  • 4. MEC  |  February 4th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    “So, now that The Scientists have pretty much unequivocally stated that global warming is manmade, is an enormous problem, and requires immediate and drastic action, how likely is it that Bush or Republicans will address the problem with anything more radical than tax cuts for companies who pretend to reduce their emissions?”

    Not at all likely.

    This has been another edition of Simple Answers to Simple Questions.

  • 5. Eli  |  February 5th, 2007 at 1:50 am

    looking over your stuff, really nice eli.

    i donít think iíve ever taken my camera off iso 100. which maybe i should try. you can do a lot of things with digital that would never work with film.

    Thanks, charley! That’s mostly the handpicked best-of-the-best stuff; the Yahoo galleries are a lot more inclusive, and have a lot of mediocre crap.

    The picture quality at 100 is just outstanding – I generally try to keep my ISO as low as the conditions will allow, but sometimes I forget. As long as it’s 200 or lower, I’m usually okay. I’ve also noticed that the grain in the 800-1600 range is less of a problem in B&W.

  • 6. Eli  |  February 5th, 2007 at 1:53 am

    Not at all likely.

    This has been another edition of Simple Answers to Simple Questions.

    Yeah, I know. Sad. I don’t know what it’s gonna take.


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