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The Dems should educate the loons because somebody should and they get the job. Who would you suggest, a religious leader or a member of QANON?

I am not really sure what side you are on so I have no idea who the "other side" is. As far as I can tell you are a side of one? Just can't tell.

I consider that we have two sides, Right and Left. You can quibble it to death but that is reality.

Democrats have spurned candidates that run their mouths spouting stuff that will lose them elections. You are assuming that whatever side you are on is the ONLY side and everybody belongs. That is simply not true and, I suspect, you know it.

Ahhh! a revelation! We are all doomed and don't stand a chance because all big money is against us and we stand no chance. I apologize, I thought you were taking a side, I was wrong, you have no side and we are all doomed.

I have serious questions as to whether the Dems can win the election but I am hoping that they do as the alternative is a place you already seem to be in. I prefer not to be there until Trump wins. THEN I will join your side of hopelessness. I guess its just a matter of degree.

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Or join Gregor's exodus to Costa Rica.

Back on topic: 130 degrees in Death Valley today. Highest temperature on Earth.

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The Dems should educate the loons because somebody should and they get the job.
When you say the Dems, just who are you talking about? Pelosi is the top "Dem" in the land...has she assumed the mantle of top educator of climate science deniers? Chuck Schumer?
I'm pretty sure both of them laughed off the Green New Deal. But that was about addressing climate science and that's an issue that will lose elections...So what "Dems" are responsible for this education? Certainly not AOC because she's one of those mouth spouters on the left that you hate so much....except you believe that you are the "left" because you're a Dem yourself and apparently that makes it YOUR job to educate the climate science deniers. Good luck with that.

We have a two party system. Neither party could be considered left wing because both are controlled by industry, corporations, and billionaires. You don't even begin to lean left until you embrace certain maxims put down by Marx and Engles. Certain truths that became evident in both the French and the Russian revolutions.

Are the Democrats slightly less bougie than the Republicans?

That's a weak maybe. Both parties are stubbornly centrist in their respective platforms. Authoritarianism can go both ways...Castro was a Marxist, a leftist, a revolutionary...and a staunch authoritarian once in power. I truly wish Che had lived to temper Fidel's rule by the fist.

We either learn from history or we repeat it....


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Some of the move to sustainable power is actually happening by itself: Solar panels and wind are actually the cheapest ways to generate power today! Oil, solar, and wind all get subsidies, but I think if government stopped all subsidies the cost relationship would still be the same.

What we need now is better ways to store the energy, since the sun doesn't shine or the wind blow all the time we want to use energy. I saw a very cool animation of a "battery" that uses a crane to stack big concrete blocks up into towers, and then un-stacks them to get the energy back. It's a gravity battery, like using two reservoirs at different elevations and pumps/generators to move the water.

I would like to be able to store 25 kwh from my solar panels, and feed it back into the grid between 4 pm and 9 pm to get the highest rate from the electric utility. I wonder how much weight I would have to lift on a rail track in my back yard to store that much energy.

Online example says 3360 pounds over a 300 foot fall. So a couple of IBCs full of water would do it. I have those. All I need is the steel rails, the motor/generator, and a long winch cable. Or put a cheap above ground pool at the top of my property and one at the bottom and shuffle water back and forth in PVC pipes. Or maybe I just wait a few years and buy Lithium batteries for a few thousand.

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Renewables are growing by leaps and bounds, electric vehicles are outperforming internal combustion, Small nuclear reactors are only a couple decades out, coal is already dead and the fossil fuel industry is shrinking.

There's actually a lot of good news on the climate front.

Government has been instrumental in none of it.


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And yet Trump is trying to get them drilling in the Alaska wildlife preserve.

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Is there an oil shortage that might be mitigated by investing in drilling there? Last I heard they were capping wells and cutting production.

It's political theater. I hear he's also allowing more hunting on environmentally sensitive lands. Again, it's just political theater leading up to the election.

It's what his supporters want to hear.


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I am told that Trump has brought back killing wolves from helicopters. I love a fair sport.

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Let's get the wolves some ground-to-air missiles: Make it a fair fight. Actually, that's what I always admired about hunting Cape Buffalo in Africa. The win ratio is about even, hunter versus hunted.

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Speaking about global warming, I see Port Arthur is about to be destroyed tonight. 20 foot storm surge in a city at 16 feet elevation, plus waves on top of that. Anybody who stays will probably be dead by morning.

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