Comments on: Ex-GOP diplomacy machine talking green http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/01/ex-gop-diplomacy-machine-talking-green/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Boss Hoss http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/01/ex-gop-diplomacy-machine-talking-green/comment-page-1/#comment-340122 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:56:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13321#comment-340122 This may sound a bit odd but I actually love the smell of petrol and the sound of a roaring engine is like music to my ears. I’m sure there are many more petrol heads like me and convincing them to kick the habit will be a hard task.

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By: Frank http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/01/ex-gop-diplomacy-machine-talking-green/comment-page-1/#comment-340121 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 14:43:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13321#comment-340121 Passing a bill is one thing, but actually putting teeth in it is quite another. It’s obvious that Americans will never change their driving habits (i.e. carbon footprint) unless and until gasoline prices rise high enough to force alternative transportation measures to be used. Americans were almost there last year when pump prices were in the $4 per gallon range, but unfortunately it didn’t last. While it’s true that many drivers got rid of their gas guzzlers, most did not and are overjoyed these days because gasoline is a low priced commodity. Here in the midwest, people drive just to be driving and it’s rare to see more than one person in each vehicle unless they’re pulling a boat or other weekend toy, giving absolutely no thought to anything related to energy except maybe how fast the boat will go or how many horsepower they need to pull that boat at 80mph. If gasoline would rise to where it needs to be, $7 – $8 a gallon, we would see an overall revitalization of the economy with alternative energy, conservation, jobs in the green markets, etc. There would be a short term perceived panic, brought on by the automakers, government, and oil companies, but it would all work out sooner than later and only then will we as Americans see a brighter future for generations to come. This is inevitalbe and will happen, but not until we either run out of oil, or the prices get high enough to cause much needed change.

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By: Nikkei 225 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/01/ex-gop-diplomacy-machine-talking-green/comment-page-1/#comment-340118 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 11:30:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13321#comment-340118 James Baker is right when he says that counries like China and India must make similar moves against carbon, however if the Us wants to set a good example they have to pass the bill first, it can then be used as leverage in future negotiations.

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