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  1. Timothy Conway
    July 27, 2018 @ 11:07 pm

    Sarah, thank you for this important article, which has a lot of good things to say. One crucial thing that you left out is that individual citizens can be empowered to literally follow the first part of your sentence: “The urge to veg out instead in front of the TV is understandably very human.” Yes, “veg out,” i.e., GO VEGAN or at least become “near vegan” in food choices.

    This was the conclusion of yet one more study in a premier science publication (by J.Poore & T. Nemecek, Science, 1 Jun 2018: Vol. 360, Issue 6392, pp. 987-992), concluding with discussion of the URGENT need for humanity to radically reduce consumption of livestock as the chief thing that individuals and societies can do to lower their CO2 and methane footprint (Newsweek magazine was blaring the “Go Vegan” message in its headline coverage of the study).

    This message has been loud and clear since the Oct 2009 report for WorldWatch magazine by Robert Goodland & Jeff Anhang, and numerous reports since then, including the big Drawdown project report from Paul Hawken and his scientific team released last year.

    Even Al Gore finally went vegan in 2013 after years of ignoring the connnection. Meanwhile longtime voices on climate change like Bill McKibben still won’t acknowledge the connection between our livestock exploitation and GHGs.

    While important voices have been silent for too long, many governments and business corporations are finally getting it. E.g., China is radically trying to curb meat-eating. Elmhurst Dairy (one of the oldest, biggest dairy companies in the East Coast) went entirely plant-based in its products over the past 18 months. WeWork CEO has just eliminated meat from their subsidized meal offerings. Many other cos. could be named that see the connection and are trying to do the right thing.

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  2. Timothy Conway
    July 27, 2018 @ 11:14 pm

    P.S.– when you write “Congress needs only to find the political will to pass a revenue-neutral price on carbon as it enters the economy (at the well, mine or port)”

    — let’s also add “eliminating govt subsidies for meat and dairy” and also consider levying extra sales taxes on those substances, which carry such a heavy CO2 and methane footprint in their production.

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  3. David L Trauger
    August 1, 2018 @ 6:36 pm

    The fundamental difficulty in addressing climate disruption is that it forces to address another taboo issue: human overpopulation, the primary ecological driver of carbon dioxide pollution and fossil fuel consumption.

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  4. Youri
    August 13, 2018 @ 7:51 am

    We need a Green New Deal, and a Global Leap Manifesto and the environmentalist have to address how we can eat sustainably since our consumption of meat and other foods that are more deadly then all fossil fuels together even if we stopped those extractions.

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