[FoRK] "What did the president know and when did he know it?"

Justin Mason jm
Fri Jul 8 10:22:07 PDT 2005

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Stephen D. Williams writes:
> Actually, I did point out that it is always a good idea to be efficient 
> (which is conservation).  Of course I favor a dual approach.  It sounds 
> like many of the Green-leaning folk don't expect any technical advances, 
> which is shortsighted.

boo for those "many folks".  http://www.worldchanging.com/

> Where the tough decisions come in is in determining the cost/benefit 
> decision points.  There are far too many people making assumptions, 
> insisting on action or inaction, wanting to act too early or too late.  
> We need more experiments, investigation, modeling, etc.

  The pollster Frank Luntz prepared a strategy memo for Republican members
  of Congress, coaching them on how to deal with a variety of
  environmental issues. .... Under the heading 'Winning the Global Warming
  Debate,' Luntz wrote, 'The scientific debate is closing (against us) but
  not yet closed. There is still a window of opportunity to challenge the
  science.' He warned, 'Voters believe that there is no consensus about
  global warming in the scientific community. Should the public come to
  believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global
  warming will change accordingly.'

( http://www.newyorker.com/printables/fact/050509fa_fact3 )

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