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NYC Conservative Climate Activists Message Board › Why Bipartisanship?

Why Bipartisanship?

Bill
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Curbing CO2 emissions sufficiently to limit warming to acceptable levels will require major lifestyle changes, and sacrifices, from the whole population. This will not be politically sustainable if only one party supports these reforms.

Most Democrats want something done about climate change, but it's not really clear that they're signed up for the magnitude of sacrifices needed. The Europeans are much more in agreement, across party lines, that climate action is necessary, but the actions they've taken so far are minuscule compared to what will be required.

Climate action will have to be sustained over several decades. What we have observed is the Democratic Party doing some faint-hearted efforts, a small fraction of what is really necessary, for a few years, and then when they lost power the Republicans quickly undid all that meager progress. For the Democratic Party to implement appropriate policies without Republican cooperation, we would have to have that one party control both the presidency and both chambers of congress for over 30 years, which would be unprecedented in American politics within living memory, probably unprecedented in the history of the country.

So if we want to save the planet from climate change, environmentalists will have to learn to communicate better with conservatives.
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