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Sunday Evening Owls: Republicans are nonetheless in opposition to local weather insurance policies that would scale back fossil gas consumption

“Innovation” sounds like promising reasons to work together. The green energy sector has seen an explosion of innovation over the past decade, with prices for solar energy, batteries and other green technologies falling rapidly.

But what kind of innovation do Republicans want? Halfway through that tester The bottom line is that we come to the conclusion: "The Republicans are still against any policy that would reduce fossil fuel consumption." (…)

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At Daily Kos that day in 2010—Cancun: Modest Expectations:

A 12 day Conference on climate change begins today in Cancun, Mexico. It is the 16th such conference since 1995. The consensus view? Don't expect major breakthroughs in curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Maybe that's some kind of magical thinking. You know, if we don't raise our public expectations too high, maybe something remarkable will emerge when the delegates go home.

After the poor outcome of the Copenhagen conference a year ago, which failed to reach the expected comprehensive agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, caution is certainly needed. Even if something great should be achieved, it is almost certain that whatever the Obama administration approves in Cancun will be shot down in Washington as the Republican ranks in Congress are now overflowing with climate change deniers. Senator Jim Inhofe, who has called climate change a joke, has been viewed as pretty insane even by most of his own parties on the matter. A fair section of the elected GOP now apparently sees him as a prophet.

Fifteen years into the process, small steps – so-called "building blocks" – are the best to hope for as the consequences of climate change are predicted to be worse than ever. This myopia is so in spite of the forecast of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research that there will be 1 billion people who will lose their homes to climate change and 3 billion who will lose access to safe drinking water. (…)

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