Wormwood hasn't yet been tossed down a long flight of stone steps, (metaphorically speaking) but its coming.
5 years from now, no one will remember that they ever listened to this clown.
" The company is a subsidiary of the Cline Group, which controls large coal reserves in Illinois and parts of the Appalachian region."
"The Penokee Range is the headwaters for the Bad River, including Copper Falls State Park, and Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay, said Matt Dallman, director of conservation in northern Wisconsin for the Nature Conservancy."
If "clean coal" development isn't happening in the U.S., it's not because DFHs (Dirty F*#king Hippies) are against it, it's because nothing is happening in the U.S. A piece focused on that corrupt, criminal inaction might rattle a few cages. A piece reassuring Big Coal and its many backers that they'll always be in the driver's seat won't.
But, as Roberts notes, climate hawks aren't in charge. Because of the filibuster, and now GOP control of the House, the balance of power rests with people who deny the need to take just about any action to stop climate change. So why is Fallows concerned with rebutting them, (Quietnorth note: "them" refers to climate hawks or "Dirty F*&king Hippies" as the case may be) rather than trying to win over people to his right, who are actually in a position to change things?
Energy innovation is not a nationalistic game. If tomorrow some other country invented cheap energy with no CO2 output, would that be a bad day or a good day? For anybody who's reasonable, that would be, like, the best day ever. If all you care about is America's relative position, every day since the end of World War II has really been bad for you. So when somebody says to me, "Oh, the Chinese are helping to lower the cost of it, or creating something that emits less CO2," I say, "Great." The Chinese are also working on new drugs. When your children get sick, they might be able to take those drugs.