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It seems that preaching to the choir is creating an echo but not getting the message to many others. We are stewing in our own juices. Who are the "We" which will impact the outside world? Have "we" allowed the movers and shakers and power brokers to snow and anesthetize the masses and given them license to broadcast their propaganda freely far and wide while "we" are immobilized and silenced? How much noise can one person make while being muffled and muzzled? When we let one significant untruth go unnoticed, others spring up and take over like weeds in the field. Hope that there is some limit to the tolerance of the people and that reality will transcend the self-destructiveness of the fascists and fanatics..

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Nov 29, 2023·edited Nov 29, 2023

While this is aggravating, the COP in Dubai will not have that much effect on global warming. The sad fact is that there are demographic and economic factors that will make timely action quite unlikely. First, the earth can support only about 2 billion people at most, SUSTAINABLY (with 100% recycling) - so there are 6 billion of us above that level, which guarantees continued degradation of the planet. Second, there are 1 billion existing cars and trucks that burn fossil fuels, and there is not enough money or materials to replace them with electric vehicles - this is a problem that should have been dealt with a generation ago, but wasn't. Third, there are significant problems with replacement technologies - apparently the companies working on modular nuclear power plants to replace decommissioned coal and gas fired generating plants have stopped their work because funding is limited and the numbers don't work for them anymore. We need Manhattan Project levels of government research into basic energy materials, and even more important, major basic research in scaling up the experimental processes for mitigating and sequestering CO2 and methane as they appear, as we did for sulfur dioxide in emissions from power plants. And we have to hope that James Hansen is wrong in his latest paper..... Reality may be a bitch, but we do have to deal with it.

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Our political parties are handmaids of (among other things) Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell. Exxon Mobil is, among other things, totally responsible for the situation in Venezuela, because Hugo Chavez had the cajones to actually believe that Venezuela oil, belong to Venezuela. BP was responsible for the Deep Horizon oil disaster, yet Obama put them in charge of the Coast Guard clean up

Jimmy Carter, bless his heart, put solar panels on the White House, and Reagan took them down, yet neither Clinton, Obama and Biden has thought to put them back up again. (The idea of a Republican putting them up is far fetched.

The problem of course is money in politics, and for that there is no solution as I can see, so it is a difficulty not a problem. Problems have solutions, and I see none. Difficulties do not.

The only solution is a miracle where Democrats have a veto proof majority and the Presidency, but that would expose the Democrats, which I seriously doubt, without the Republicans they have no one to blame for inaction.

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We need the largest producers to be shamed!

I am surprised there has never been an Internation Court set up solely for prosecuting major polluters. This should have been done years ago.

BIG money!!!! I hate seeing our world dying.

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The UAE and others United Against Earth like the GOP and their Grand Oil Profiteers are presumably hoping and praying that something is going to spare them from this devastation of their own making. Seems as though they don't realize they inhabit the same dying planet as the rest of us - no one is coming to save them either. Their greed blinds them to the hot winds of death that are eager to consume all of life, without bias. If they are to be the only oversight of their own industry's murderous products, libertarians will be thrilled to the bone - which will be the only remnants of an ideology of suicide.

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Remember: in the future methane releases will be considered a Crime Against Humanity. Of course by then we well may be past 'the tipping point'. If you can, buy an EV. Eat less meat. And don't fly to the Petro-States to sabotage shaking carbon from the energy stream. I'm looking at you lobbyists.

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Wow these Oil and Gas Corporations are so entitled to getting big bucks just to destroy the environment . They are pushing the ruination of our world at a time we might expect them to wake up

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But the addiction to their own greed allows no truth to enter . No reality to the destruction unleashed by their selfish actions and attempts to disguise their intentions will work . The world is aware, time is running out and they are blocking any possible path to recover sanity.

People are dying , but not the white , wealthy barons .

No women , children and the poorest

Citizens of the earth are dying and will die first .

What these corporations don’t get is they too will be killed by their own actions . So will their families and children . They will be surrounded by their vast wealth which will not protect them from themselves.

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Personally I am sick of all these meeting which cost a fortune and end up with not many solutions. How do all these people get to these conferences......ah I know bicycles!

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Please fix the audio function. The current voice concludes every report by reading letter by letter, number by number, and slash by slash, the link notation of the article. Can't you insert a stop command so I don't have to listen to that babble while my hands are in the dish water?

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Well that's a depressing thought!

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Ironic waste of time. How about a big solar, wind geothermal conference to plan a switch to a better future. Stop trying to reduce fossil fuel consumption and focus on all the alternatives. Let the fossil fuel industry die and let’s move on. Generally people are trapped in the existing energy systems. This shouldn’t be a zero sum game. Everyone’s life is at stake. Even the wealthy will suffer eventually.

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Nov 30, 2023·edited Nov 30, 2023

Interesting on another level to hold this event in Dubai. That area is at great risk due to heat and sea level rise, yet the venue is very eco-friendly with futuristic architecture. I hope all that soaks-in while they are there.

Until we get over the big lie that we can have it all by using it all, there will be an audience for the lobby groups. I do believe that we can and are inventing our way forward. It's not just ideas, the completed projects are up and running. There are all kinds of them, but solar is going to be at the top. Wind, waves, geo-thermal and the sun---it's free, baby! Upgrade the grids, conserve, and recycle. There are even great ways to use the old mines, pipes, and drilling tech.

I'm hopeful, but there is no getting around the fact the damage is just beginning. We are in for heartbreak that will touch those 70,000 just like the rest of us.

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Homo Sapiens needs a retooling.

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I'd like to see an analysis, comparison, and then plan of action to curb fossil-fuel emissions by the military of all nations, especially that of the West. Ccan we expect to find that here in the coming days?

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