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If you have any contacts on the Carbon Credits subject please let me know. Meanwhile I am reaching out to experts I know, including one we both most trust and admire, Susan Fallows Tierney a true expert on utility regulation and economic equity.

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According to the dry days map, the Pacific Northwest is one of the dryer places in the US. Even west of the Cascades. That doesn't make sense to me. And in fact, I remember probably around 1990 give or take a few years, seeing the amount of rainfall in Seattle, where I lived as a small child, and Washington DC, where I was living at the time. In DC, when it rained, which was fairly frequently in summer, if I remember correctly, it POURED!!! In Seattle, it drizzled, but for days on end. Annual rainfall in both was around 39 inches.

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Question still remains, what will Texas & Congress do to meet these challenges? Not much until magical thinking and prayer chains are replaced by reason, science and courage to take on oil & gas money machines in Texas & neighbor Louisiana.

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agree: phenomenal, seminal article!

Bill McKibben, climate scientist and activist:

"Zeitgeist Matters: If you want to know who changed Manchin's mind--you did"

"...this is a win engineered by everyone who ever wrote a letter to the editor, carried a sign at a march, went to jail blocking a pipeline, voted to divest a university endowment, sent ten dollars to a climate group, made their book club read a climate book. It’s for the climate justice activists who brought this fight into whole new terrain, the scientists who’ve protested, the policy wonks who wonked, and the people whose particular fights may have been sacrificed by the terms of this deal. (Them in particular—if Manchin had to deal because a pipeline he wanted was going down in flames, well, the people who made that possible are heroes)."

"It's not yet a done deal, and in any event far from a final win, of course. Now it’s time to make that same zeitgeist weigh on the financial industry, the other source of ultimate power in our society. It’s time for bank CEOs to feel what Manchin finally felt—the little shudder of worry at the idea that their names will be forever linked with the ravaging of a planet."

"Together we can do it. Together we’ve done this"

full article here: https://billmckibben.substack.com/p/zeitgeist-matters July 27 2022

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We simply have to hope that some now unknown technological fix is invented that will mitigate the impacts of climate change. We sure as hell aren’t going to do it by cutting emissions.

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Thanks Jim, I agree this software will help increase visibility of the global warming threat. I'm curious about what is the prospect for the US and other countries to start using Carbon Credits as a way to reduce emissions?

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Reagan planted the "government IS the problem" seed in this country, and with it the conviction on the part of far too many citizens that government is incapable of anything but wasting our tax dollars and complicating our lives with inessential restrictions and red tape. Thanks so much for showing us just a few of the many extremely competent and helpful government programs and web tools that can help all of us plan for the future. Thanks also for reminding us to pay attention to climate change and treat it like the emergency that Greta Thunberg has been telling us for several years now that this is.

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This is one phenomenal piece, one of your best Jim. Congrats.

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