Does the future of civilization rest on the upcoming US election?

This is a very interesting document. Obviously, it is VERY United States-centric. The role of international agreements (COP21 anyone) or other national efforts are utterly lacking. In fact, if you accept the urgent tone on face value, then one could argue that the very future of civilization rests on Hillary Clinton winning the election and then her being convinced to essentially immediately pursue the emergency measures outlined in the plan (not to mention getting it through Congress!). None off the timelines presented are remotely achievable if we do not start until after the 2020 elections or later. In a similar vein, there is very little in the plan on how other nations might synergize with the US if it pursued the plan as described. If the US were to adopt these measures, will the rest of the world fall in line and head off catastrophe? The plan is pretty thin on this point. My other major comment is that I am not convinced that the economy as currently structured is robust enough to accommodate the massive changes envisioned in a very short time. The shuttering of various industries, and the scaling up of others, as envisioned, would cause vast dislocations in labor markets. Millions will become unemployed while millions will need to be trained and re-employed. The plan envisions trillions in government spending. I’m just not sure that the economy can accommodate such massive changes and remain stable. Finally, there is essentially no science in the document to back up the urgent timetable. There is not universal agreement that there is zero carbon budget remaining, for example. While I understand not putting the science in the plan, it will need to be part of the larger plan to convince President Clinton to pursue the program outlined. Good luck!


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  • commented 2016-09-23 16:37:18 -0400
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  • commented 2016-08-30 22:38:28 -0400
    I very much agree that USA must stick its neck, hands and feet out in a huge progressive, massive way … but, counting on HRC to do it? ….. a waste of time in my book……. She sleeps with the defense industry and that is her prime focus. … Now, Mr. Sanders at the helm? !!!! THAT would have been a dependable maneuver.
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  • commented 2016-08-24 04:19:06 -0400
    Yes, David, the future of civilization rests on the upcoming US election. That, and the outcome of the 100-day summit. It is a long shot to be sure, but the next 8 months are the most important in history. If we capitalize on the opportunity in front of us history will credit HRC with leading the global victory over climate change the way that FDR is credited for winning WWII and Lincoln for winning the Civil War.

    We know that Russell Greene is the real hero for creating this opportunity. Russell Greene is our Joshua Chamberlain. Andy Andrews is the author of the Butterfly Effect. Watch him tell Joshua Chamberlain’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57I2EECFzTA

    Harry Gregory
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