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December 17, 2006

Tell New Congress To Act On Global Warming Activism  Environment

Al Gore wants to deliver a million postcards to the incoming Congress, telling them that now is the time for decisive action on global warming. Go here and fill one out. Go!

Posted by Jonathan at December 17, 2006 05:44 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb


If you're so concerned about global warming, how about making the first move and shutting off the Web server on which this blog runs? It's sucking up electricity, leading to more warming.

Or are you only in favor of OTHERS reducing their greenhouse gas output?

Posted by: CarlD at December 18, 2006 09:55 AM

Carl, would that be sarcasm or sanctimony?

Posted by: Michael at December 18, 2006 01:10 PM

It's a legitimate question to which I would like an answer. This blog advocates cutbacks in greenhouse gases in order to reduce global warming. I'd like to see it put its actions where its words are. Or are cutbacks for OTHER people?

Posted by: CarlD at December 19, 2006 09:31 AM


What would put more CO2 in our atmosphere? A brand new gas powered push mower used 52 times to cut an eighth of an acre each time it was used, or a car built in the last 5 years driven 15,000 miles?


Posted by: Jeff at December 20, 2006 12:18 AM

Huh. Seems like legitimate questions usually go something more like "what are you personally doing to reduce global warming, apart from blogging?"

Your comment CarlD, immediately suggests that this blog's author should go away and criticizes him for not altering his behavior—all while you tap out criticism on the keyboard of your own electricity-sucking device. Just like I'm doing now. See why this isn't constructive?

I'll take "What is Sanctimony?" for $100, Alex...

Posted by: Michael at December 20, 2006 12:10 PM

Yes, I'm using a computer. But then I'm not the one advocating drastic cutbacks in greenhouse gases, this blog is. But apparently cutbacks are only for *other* people--not for this blog. A typical liberal attitude.

Posted by: CarlD at December 20, 2006 12:57 PM

CarlD, you assume an awful lot. As it happens, I do try to limit my greenhouse gas emissions. I keep my house at 58 degrees, 55 at night, 50 when I'm not home. I close off several rooms in the winter and leave them unheated. I drive a hybrid. I turn off lights when I leave a room. I never use air-conditioning.

Could I do more? Of course. But the argument that you have to be totally off the grid before you can care about energy policy or write about it is just idiotic.

Posted by: Jonathan at December 20, 2006 05:22 PM

And CarlD, it's a typical conservative attitude to tell people you don't agree with to shut up, which is exactly what your first comment says.

But so what? Regardless of anyone's political inclinations, your point about hypocracy is well-taken. It really annoys me to see "No Blood for Oil" bumper stickers on gas-guzzlers, particularly when there are three or four of them parked in one driveway. One would think that if these people really believed that fighting wars over oil was a problem, that they might start by making changes at home.

It's rediculous to argue that this applies equally to Jonathan's blog (which I'm assuming you're smart enough to figure out, is hosted on a server with other sites) and is pretty far from being part of a grown-up conversation. We owe it to ourselves, liberals, conservatives and moderates alike to find common ground on this stuff. If the climate is indeed changing, or if oil has indeed peaked, it's going to affect everybody.

Posted by: Michael at December 21, 2006 10:39 AM