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Can the US fix "greenhouse warming" or climate change, but without ruining workers in the fossil fuel biz?

I ask this question as a radical environmentalist and as a former journalist who has spent roughly 35-40 years following the issue of "global warming" aka "global climate change." I'm assuming that the vast majority of the climate scientists who have researched this issue are telling the truth as they see it, and that "global warming" really is a major world problem that is mostly caused by human activities that release CO2 and methane into the air. But I think all environmentalist have to pause and think about this issue. How can we get the US government and US corporations involved in curbing the CO2 and methane emissions that are causing the problem -- and how can we as a society do so ASAP -- withough also destroying the jobs and the paychecks of people working in the oil, coal and natural gas industries? Any legislation that we promote that is going to destroy jobs in a time of almost 10 percent unemployment is going to be almost impossible for the President or the Congress to sell politically. Also, any legislation that destroys tens of thousands of additional jobs at this point in American history would basically be immoral in human terms. Some 14 million Americans and counting already are suffering from unemployment as it is. So how can this nation move forward on the subject of climate change, without going backwards in terms of higher unemployment? BTW - I'm sure some PR people for the energy companies will reply by saying don't do anything at all; global warming is a hoax, etc. I can't stop your for posting these answers, but I think the answers are foolish. I really want to ask environmentalists how we can save the environment, which really needs saving, without hurting our fellow human beings, who also need saving themselves. Blessed - do you have cites for that claim about the space launches & the climate? I've read many government reports and books on the topic of global warming, and I don't see much support for that claim.

Asked By: Andy F - 6/21/2010
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Climate change is a real happening. It always has been. Just a quick note, The volcano in Iceland has spewed enough ash and gas into the atmosphere to negate over 20 years of eliminated "man caused" emissions. There are and always have been natural changes in our climate. I am not saying man has not contributed, but... More
Answered By: booman17 - 6/21/2010
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There will be a transitional period where the number of jobs based on fossil fuels decrease; however, this will ultimately end up spurring job growth. We will benefit from this economically and internationally. Could you imagine if the Middle East and China had to come to the United States for energy solutions... More
Answered By: imsoeffinhxc - 6/21/2010
 
the US can't fix it... More
Answered By: Maxwell - 6/21/2010
 
All governments that have space programs can fix it by stopping the launch of space craft into the atmosphere. That is what is messing up our climate.
Answered By: Blessed - 6/21/2010
 
This excellent question is addressed in a general sense in Galbraith's book The Affluent Society... More
Answered By: Tony_the_heretic - 6/21/2010
 
I think part of the problem is a lack of any serious discussion of why burning fossil fuels contributes to the increase in C02 levels... More
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Answered By: Truth is relative to an agenda - 6/21/2010
 
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