Poll-itics: Nearly half in U.S. say government should do more to protect environment

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what does it take

Earlier today I posted about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline fight exploding (behind the scenes) including my usual rant about elected officials being shortsighted, and about how the tar sands pipeline would bring the dirtiest oil on earth through America, how it would create very few long term jobs, how gas prices would increase, dependence on foreign oil would not lessen, and how Bill McKibben and NASA’s Jim Hansen both warn that it would be “essentially game over for the climate” if this crackpot project gets the go-ahead.

I included a mention of the recent Shell oil rig disaster, and wondered what it would take to open some eyes of fossil fuel devotees.

Gallup:

gallup poll

The "too little" should be even higher.

What does it take to convince Americans that their health and quality of life are at stake? Why must we always be on the brink of disaster, literally at gunpoint, whether economic, criminal, or environmental, before we take effective and permanent action?

Why must we always wait until a crisis has taken lives before we make any real attempt to save lives?

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