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Acknowledge responsibility on global warming
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I would suggest there is a way to eliminate the skepticism with which global warming is greeted by some, especially those who have elected to engage in the politicization of the issue. I refer mostly to those on the far right of the political spectrum who have allowed themselves to be duped into playing puppet for the American Energy industry.

What those of us living in the world of reality must do, if there is any possibility of making real change before it is too late, is to wave the white flag where it can be seen by the power brokers in the energy industry, signaling to them they have won and we are surrendering. What we must ask in return is that these people agree to try and convince those they have been brainwashing for the last half-century that in effect global warming is a reality and poses a clear and present danger so they will no longer stand in the way of positive action.

Next we must assure them we will pressure government to initiate immediately a comprehensive program similar to the Manhattan Project, one aimed at developing new or vastly improved energy sources that are both clean and renewable. These sources of energy can then replace the fossil fuels now being used. In and of itself this will not be good news to this industry. The pot must be sweetened and this can be done by passing laws, or if necessary a constitutional amendment, one that will guarantee those now controlling production and distribution of energy that they also will be in control of the energy produced by these new sources, and further that they will be allowed to fix price without government interference at any level for the foreseeable future.

We must also agree to indemnify the industry from any financial losses they will incur as a result of this action, including loss of anticipated profit from their holdings in gas, coal, oil, nuclear generation, production facilities and distribution networks. Further they must be assured they will not be expected to be responsible for any of the costs associated with development of the new technology, and that at the same time we must agree they will hold all rights to this technology, including the right to license it to foreign nations. In effect we must give away the store!

I think we would be amazed at how quickly the puppets would be induced to speak from the other side of their mouths if we took these steps, altering forever the production and distribution of energy. Or, we could simply tell the energy industry and their supporters, they as well as the rest of us, must immediately acknowledge our responsibility and accept and make the changes deemed necessary before our irresponsibility renders the problem moot.

Bob Shaw
Madeira Beach
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