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Getting Real About Global Warming or What Al Gore Hasn't Told You

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“Fly from New York to California and back and you will generate as much greenhouse gas emissions as you will by driving your Prius all year.”

Oh my god… I’m reading this 35,000 feet in the air en route from New York to California, a trip I will make again this month. Next month I will go all the way to India.

We have a window of opportunity to do something about all this as the new Democratic majority floats bills that take tiny bites out of a gigantic problem. But what is really required? Back in November, I recommended the new book Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning
by George Monbiot. Recently, David Morris made a much more compelling argument for the urgency of reading the book in his AlterNet column.

Morris writes,

“By claiming we can solve the problem of climate change painlessly, environmentalists confuse us. They offer stark and rigorous presentations terrifying us about the near-term, dire consequences of global warming. And then they offer generalized, almost blithe assurances about how we can avoid these dire consequences without great sacrifice. We are horrified and soothed at the same time. It's a dangerous strategy. Many who focus on the catastrophic present-day images of An Inconvenient Truth believe we have gone beyond the point of no return, which leads to cynicism and passivity. Those who are spurred to action believe that buying a hybrid car or taking an eco-vacation will address the problem…
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