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Roundup time: The "lone Republican" theory of legislating is bunk, cap-and-trade would be much rougher on coal-powered electricity plants than on drivers, and China might be facing a real estate bubble.

Here's what we didn't do:

1) Lindsey Graham's effort to carve out a rhetorical approach that can support policies to address global warming without actually admitting the reality of global warming leads to some very confusing comments.

2) David Roberts says the Cantwell-Collins cap-and-dividend bill is no good. (And here's another analysis of the bill.)

3) The new Eminem is extremely earnest, but I find it touching to imagine him creating this song that's basically meant to reach whatever portion of his audience is in great pain and looking for a type of gritty uplift.

4) I'll be on "Countdown" tonight talking about last night's primary results.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 9, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
 
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If the Republicans are so stupid as to question whether global warming is real, then just wait a few decades:

"Few seem to realise that the present IPCC models predict almost unanimously that by 2040 the average summer in Europe will be as hot as the summer of 2003 when over 30,000 died from heat. By then we may cool ourselves with air conditioning and learn to live in a climate no worse than that of Baghdad now. But without extensive irrigation the plants will die and both farming and natural ecosystems will be replaced by scrub and desert. What will there be to eat? The same dire changes will affect the rest of the world and I can envisage Americans migrating into Canada and the Chinese into Siberia but there may be little food for any of them." --Dr James Lovelock's lecture to the Royal Society, 29 Oct. '07

Posted by: dobermantmacleod | June 10, 2010 3:22 AM | Report abuse

the symbolic national bird of this generation, is not the eagle.
it is the indelible image of that oiled, sickly pelican that has been caught in an asphyxiating sludge and cant see clearly, cant shake off the engulfing sludge. cant fly...or find a direction.

i dont recall being polled, but my greatest concern is the incompetency, complete unpreparedness to deal with the serious nature of the problems facing us, and simplistic thinking in much of the republican leadership today. and the choking stranglehold of corporate money, influence and power, and the special interest groups that dominate all of our policy-making, and buy out the people who are supposed to be representing us.
when we have people like lisa murkowski, john boehner, sarah palin, john mccain, eric cantor, rand paul, rush limbaugh, being the voices of influence over vast swaths of republicans.....deniers of science, simplistic, angry individuals without the creativity. depth of understanding and intelligence to deal with the problems that we have today....we are in real danger. they are pulling us back into dark ages.
in this country now, when the conversation is whether a president emotes enough visible anger, and that becomes the measure of performance, instead of the inability to raise the liability cap on british petroleum, when you have someone like sarah palin influencing thinking about drilling and energy problems, you see that we are moving in a backwards tide.
we have been strangled by corporations and bought and incompetent politicians. we are all starting to look like the oiled birds in the ocean, falling into a sludge....unable to move or fly.
how can there be change, or vision in this culture?
despite our best hopes, the forces of greed and stupidity have gained the upper hand now.

Posted by: jkaren | June 10, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

There was a devastating heating event in Europe in 2003 that killed over 30,000 people. Again in 2006 there was another heating event, bad, but not as severe as 2003.

James Lovelock is the leading scientist regarding the earth's systems, yet he gets almost zero main stream press coverage. His message just does not fit into our concept of reporting on world problems because he says there is no solution to global heating now. The earth itself at higher temperatures is giving off more green house gas than all human activity combined. Its on the way and the European events are only a precursor.

The real threat is to our food supply. Crops we need to survive cannot tolerate the high temperatures predicted by Lovelock and others in future global warming events. Lovelock believes we will perish - 4 billion or more of us.

This is the biggest news the world news organizations ever encountered - but they do not report it. Its too big a story. So we don't hear it. The final episode of human history will come as a huge surprise to mankind - kept in the dark as we are now.

Bill G
Santa Maria, CA

Posted by: oflibertysons | June 14, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

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