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Lance Groth

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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2 years 22 weeks

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Is anyone actually surprised that the Vikings don't want to spend one dollar to prevent needless killing of birds? This issue was raised when the design was originally unveiled, and promptly ignored. They want their Crystal Cathedral and simply will not listen.

I wonder, though, how they'll feel when, in the age of the internet and smartphones, people film workers sweeping up dead birds and washing smudge marks off the glass before game time and post it on the web? Seems like it...

"In the meantime the bill for fixing the problem just gets more expensive"

There is no fixing the problem, short of monumental geo-engineering projects that are themselves fraught with uncertainty and danger. All that remains is mitigation, and that task becomes more difficult and expensive, and its potential effects more limited, by the day. Stop all emissions today, and the warming will still continue for some time.

I marvel that the party of "family values" cares so little...

Posted on 07/15/14 at 12:52 pm in response to Poll: 68 percent of Republicans say Obama should be impeached

Dennis, tsk, have you even thought through the implications of what you said? So, because you (and presumably the president) didn't like a law, it was ok for the president to violate it - that's your argument? In other words, the president is above the law, and may pick and choose which to obey as he sees fit? Augustus Caesar would love that line of reasoning, and Obama should then get a pass for ignoring any laws that Congress has passed - the very definition of an imperial presidency...

Posted on 07/11/14 at 01:00 pm in response to St. Paul SWAT team storms house, kills dogs, makes no arrests

I'll second that.

So the rate of sea level rise will not increase even as the melting of Greenland and Antarctica accelerates? Cause does lead to effect, as far as I know.

Or, to put it another way, what does 10,000 years of pre-industrial natural climate history have to do with AGW in the industrial age?

In many ways, these issues will come down to water.

Farmers have relied on large scale irrigation to boost yields, depleting aquifers in the process. Even as temperatures rise and rainfall patterns are disrupted, irrigation will become untenable. Farmers may be excellent at adaptation, but they still need water.

Rising sea levels present an economic threat, not just as presented above, but specifically in terms of seaports. As the waters rise, seaports will either need to be...

Posted on 06/20/14 at 05:11 pm in response to Don't cross the pollinators: Starting July 1, they're protected by law

Purely anecdotal comment here, but I frequently take walks in my neighborhood (Summit area), and, while there are lots of flowers, I have seen no pollinators working them this summer. I've made a point of looking when I realized I couldn't remember seeing any, and have seen literally none. Maybe I walk at the wrong time of day, but it seems a bit scary.

The new state laws are a start, but what we really need is for the EPA to shake loose of the grip of Big Ag and the chemical...

Posted on 06/19/14 at 04:53 pm in response to Al Gore says the Earth is winning

I hope he's right. The message, at least, is refreshing. I'm not as sanguine about the already baked-in (sorry) ecological effects, but Gore may know more.

I'm reminded of a line from the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Prof. Barnhardt, John Cleese's character, said: “It's only on the brink that people find the will to change. Only at the precipice do we evolve.” Perhaps that is so. Perhaps we will find the will to change in time to avoid the worst outcomes, for...

Posted on 06/19/14 at 05:01 pm in response to U.S. health care system given poor ranking (again)

... as Rush Limbaugh said, "access to health care is a privilege, not a right."

The philosophy of the Right could not be more nakedly expressed.

Try al-Jazeera America. I gave up on CNN a year ago and switched to "ajam". They practice old school journalism, honest to goodness news, with the added benefit that they actually report what's going on around the world, outside of the American bubble. Very refreshing. The reporters aren't all bottle-blondes, either.