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Re: “Local Artists Join Global Day of Action Against Climate Change

@ Realist

The American Enterprise Institute - whose article you cite - is a conservative think tank which has sought to confuse the American public about the nature of climate change to further business interests.

And even the AEI acknowledges the necessity of a carbon tax to combat human-caused climate change.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Ent…

Here's an article - from that same biased source - that talks about the scientific consensus on climate change and the growing political consensus.

https://www.aei.org/politics-and-public-op…

Posted by barrywilder on 10/17/2019 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Trust the Science

@ realist, "are you saying that the referenced environmental predictions that failed to materialize are fake?"

No. The CEI article you linked does not actually attempt to disprove the current science of climate change. It attempts to pass off a false equivalence between the current science of climate change to past science, and suggests that because some wild predictions made in the past were inaccurate, all current predictions are also inaccurate.

The journal Nature published this brief summary of the 2018 IPCC report. I would encourage folks to read it. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018…

@Chris Wiegard I agree. Debating the science of climate change with committed climate change deniers is not likely to be useful. But as many may read this comment section who are not committed to the denial of climate change, I'd like to provide some useful scientific sources. Most of my energy goes into my work in nonviolent civil disobedience.

@enoughalready The way climate science has been politicized makes it difficult for many conservatives to accept. One group attempting to break down that wall is Citizen's Climate Lobby - which advocates for a revenue neutral market based approach to reducing carbon emissions. THey have an exact 50/50 balance of support from republican and democratic legislators for their bill H.R. 763 - the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. If you're looking for fiscally conservative approaches to this issue, I'd encourage you to dig deeper into their bipartisan work.

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Posted by barrywilder on 10/12/2019 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Trust the Science

@realist

Your linked article is published by the Competitive Enterprise institute:

"Academic research has identified CEI as one of a group of Conservative think tanks funded to overturn the environmentalism of the 1960s, central to what has been called the climate change denial machine. It was involved in assisting the anti-environmental climate change policy of the George W. Bush administration.[3] "

I'm afraid that that is not a reliable source.

I'd encourage climate skeptics to read up on the science at:

https://climate.nasa.gov/

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Posted by barrywilder on 10/10/2019 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Trust the Science

Thank you Susan for this thoughtful piece. It's urgent that we understand the connections between human health and the health of our ecosystems.

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Posted by barrywilder on 10/09/2019 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Michelle Obama and Maya Lin Invited to Judge National Design contest to Rethink Monument Avenue

"To remove the monuments or change them destroys a unique part of this nations and Virginia's history. "

Change is not destruction. The landscape is constantly changing, and must constantly change in response to the evolution of human morality.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

These monuments are not "the past." They need to be changed, added to, relocated, etc. so that we remember the past. Many statues of Lenin and Dzerzhinsky have been toppled, scrapped and relocated in the former Soviet Union not to destroy memory, but to resurrect it.

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Posted by barrywilder on 04/25/2018 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Architecture Review: A Post Office Restoration on West Broad Raises the Bar for Historic Renovation in Richmond

I've been admiring this building, and I'm glad to learn more about it. I wish there were some photos of the interior!

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Posted by barrywilder on 06/21/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Slab City: Richmond's Brutalist Buildings and What They Represent

I really admire the Pollack building. Despite the name of the form, I think it is a graceful and beautiful structure.

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Posted by barrywilder on 05/30/2017 at 8:21 PM

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