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Posted in: Would you accept some economic burdens in order to help prevent global warming? See in context

Btw, biofuels are the worst possible solution, because as was just said they reduce crops for food. Also, the net energy gain with modern farming methods is negligent when you factor in the fuel that is used for tractors/combines, making ammonia fertilizers, etc.

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Posted in: Would you accept some economic burdens in order to help prevent global warming? See in context

Won't happen, because the same unregulated economic trends that increase profits are also increasing the socioeconomic divide between the rich and poor, essentially creating the classic class divide that the free market was supposed to destroy in wake of autocracy.

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Posted in: Risk is their business See in context

What has been the direct impact on the consumers? Comparing Sweden's highly regulated health insurance market to the US's mostly unregulated health insurance market it is clear that the US insured get the short end of the stick.

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Posted in: Would you accept some economic burdens in order to help prevent global warming? See in context

"Global warming is a crock. We should face the real issues instead... the end of cheap oil, the emergence of China as a superpower, the growth of radical islam."

Regardless, your first two issues both tie in with the fact that our demand for energy is getting so high while our ability to produce that energy is diminishing in many countries. We need to reduce energy consumption regardless and get more renewable sources of energy - and that's because of long term economic concerns. Global warming is also a concern, but our emissions can be lowered as a result of the increasing energy crisis. Prices will continue to rise so long as demand increases and we don't offer up solutions to meet that demand, or change societal attitudes to decrease the demand.

I'm not as concerned about an overall warming trend as I am about the fact that our CO2 levels are higher than they've been in the past 400 000 000 years, and the scope of all the effects that could have on our environment - not just from the warming perspective.

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Posted in: Carter: Hamas willing to accept right of Israel to 'live as neighbor' See in context

George, it's a very difficult conflict to solve and it goes back more than 2 millenia. You think that by Israel pulling back to the 1967 borders will suddenly end 2 millenia of conflict between jews and arabs? It's far more complicated than you think it is. You're right that Israel needs to pull back, but there's been violence on both sides, and changes need to be made on both sides. They're both at fault, and forceably mandating changes has never solved problems like this in history (the Weimar Republic is a prime example). Stable geopolitical situations have always been created through discussion and negotiation.

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Posted in: The future is gray See in context

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But you see, there would be need for new employees. Old people will retire, and there's less people entering the workforce to replace their jobs than there are retiring. You don't need more jobs for less employees. It's not the same situation as in standard economics, because you need to account for other changing variables.

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