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Why are we wasting time talking about "climate change" and the "environment" when 10% unemployment in the US?

I mean, this so-called "climate change" is supposed to happen 100 years from now, it's not like us or our children will see it. And what exactly will happen? The temperature goes up 4 degrees? Oooo... Why can't we worry about the environment later and just focus on jobs now? Why do we have to have that Copenhagen summit now? Maybe when the economy's doing well, then we can indulge in Captain Planet, agreed?

Asked By: Samian's Fifteenth Account - 12/14/2009
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It is happening now. The effects will be more dramatic in 100 years but it really needs to be mitigated as soon a possible. If anything, new technologies and new industries will help the US economy. As it is, we've lost manufacuturing jobs and they are not coming back -- people in other countries will take those... More
Answered By: Baccheus - 12/14/2009
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From what I understand no agreement will be reach at Copenhagen. Just an agreement to discuss thing further. The global warming cheerleaders like to think that this is due to a well organized misinformation campaign by big oil, but the truth of the matter is politicians are afraid to act because they know the cost of... More
Answered By: Eric c - 12/14/2009
 
Those guys talking about the climate change probably do that for a living then the unemployment rate goes up even more bcuz those guys lose their jobs
Answered By: rslfan - 12/14/2009
 
Climate change will not occur 100 years from now if we keep emitting greenhouse gases as we are today. The Earth has already warmed 0.6 degrees centigrade from 1990 to 2000 and it has gotten even warmer since. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that a warming of just two degrees (which is... More
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Answered By: Sara - 12/14/2009
 
Actually it is not scheduled to take place in 100 years but is happening right now, if we don't start phasing out fossil fuels we're going to have a lot of problems down the track (temperatures rising 4°C (or are you a yank who uses crappy units of measurement?) actually are likely to cause problems). Even if we did... More
Answered By: bestonnet_00 - 12/14/2009
 
Sara, your focus on the environment has lead to a great misunderstanding about the economy. When oil and gas prices sky rocketed and it started costing 100 dollars to fill your SUV's tank instead of 50 dollars the value of having an SUV declined sharply and Americans switched to more fuel efficient vehicles. As the... More
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Answered By: Moe - 12/14/2009
 
How 'bout quitting a couple of wars. Those wars are costing lots more than climate studies.
Answered By: juano19 - 12/14/2009
 
Here's a very straight forward answer/solution. Investing in the technology to combat global warming will create jobs. Now was that so difficult? _
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Answered By: The Vampire Muffin Man - 12/15/2009
 
Because there is no second chance. And responding to climate change properly creates jobs, not destroys them. There will be plenty of work building and designing the new infrastructures.
Answered By: HAHAHA - 12/15/2009
 
Baccheus, spoken like a true liberal. Can you step back and actually analyze what your statement consists of. Putting people out of jobs is not good Baccheus, for them and the world and the environment. You are seriously a flawed individual that speaks with forked tongue. Capitalism is a free, and I repeat free... More
Answered By: Starbuck - 12/15/2009
 
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