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Sensivity meets insensitivity

Yet another new study finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon pollution is on the high side. That means, absent rapid reductions in greenhouse gases, global warming is likely to be high enough to destroy a livable climate.

This is consistent with a January Nature study on climate sensitivity, which found we are headed toward a “most-likely warming of roughly 5°C [9°F] above modern [i.e. current] temperatures or 6°C [11°F] above preindustrial” temperatures this century.

Think Progress

Meanwhile, the people’s insensitivity to climate change’s threat to humanity itself is also on the high side.

An outbreak of climate-related yawns appears to be afflicting the country that’s done more than any other to warm the planet.

The results of a Gallup survey reveal just how little climate change raises Americans’ anxiety levels. The research firm called 513 Americans last week and asked them how much they worry about 15 problems facing the nation. When it came to climate change, half said “a little” or “not at all.”

Only a quarter said they worried about climate change “a great deal,” which puts the issue second from the bottom in the list of Americans’ concerns, above only race relations. Even drug use has Americans more worried than climate change.above only race relations. Even drug use has Americans more worried than climate change.

Grist

This is our era. Yawning kamizakes.

A climate of neglect

Sometimes, I worry that addressing climate change isn’t a priority for the American people. But it is!

Right after we have a stronger economy, have better jobs, have defended the country from enough evil terrorists, have gotten a better education system, have made Social Security a lot better (lasers?), have a smaller deficit, have made Medicare also better (also lasers?), have found a way to cut down healthcare costs, have played enough with the tax code, have less crime, have dealt with the poor & needy, have gotten the environment’s back, have found a lot of energy, have a stronger army (because more than half of all the other armies of the world combined should never be considered sufficient), have less powerful lobbyists, have taken care of illegal immigration, have solved the moral breakdown, have better roads, bridges and public transit, then we shall be ready.

Of course, as more than two thirds of the country do not see addressing climate change as a priority, it might never become important enough for anyone to do anything about it.

But at least we might have a prettier tax system.

Wendy Davis: 4 months and 3 days

pandering

The Wild West tradition of openly carrying your six-shooter on the street has long been banned in Texas under state law. But the next governor could change that.

Rising Democratic star and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed “open carry” law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public

Politico

Wendy Davis launched her gubernatorial bid on October 3, 2013. So that… November, December, January, February… She was able to last 4 months and 3 days with a decent campaign.

Now, it’s pandering time. Because politics is not about doing the right thing, it’s about winning.

Birth of a salesman

Top advisers and former aides to Barack Obama say Hillary Clinton is repeating the mistakes she made in 2008, building a machine in lieu of a message and lumbering toward the Democratic nomination with the same deep vulnerabilities that cost her the nomination eight years earlier.

Buzzfeed

That’s right, Hillary. Go make some hope and change t-shirts or something.

Lazy moochers

Walmart
Check how many hours it would take you to make a living working at Costco vs. Walmart.

Working 125 hours a week is easy. As there is 168 hours in a week, that leaves a big 43 hours left for personal time. If you’re efficient, you can sleep about 6 hours a day by setting up a bed somewhere in the store and feeding yourself through an IV while you rest after a good day of work. With a little discipline, there’s still an hour left on your schedule each week to Skype with your loved ones and reassure them you’re still alive.

A sustainable future? Americans say “Fuck it”

Approval or denial of the Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to have an impact on the rate of extraction of heavy-carbon tar sands oil in Canada, according to a highly anticipated State Department review released Friday.

USA Today

*gasp*

So, the White House is set to give it a go?

What do ordinary Americans think of this horror?

A slight majority of Americans favor the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that President Obama is expected to approve or reject this year, finds a poll conducted for USA TODAY.

About 56% say they favor the northern leg of the billion-dollar, Canada-to-U.S. project and 41% oppose it.

USA Today

If you can’t have more than 41% of Americans to care about addressing climate change, then why would the White House bother?

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