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I think that the problem for the planet is that you are right, the US will keep going as it is until a fracture occurs. But it will keep going until it is probably a complete climate catastrophe that wrecks it, and that may be a long way into the future.

Even the loss of drinking water in the SW is too slow to impact decision making for another 25 years, by which time it will be far far too late.

Rome is burning and the White House is fiddling hard and fast into the long night.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 17th, 2010 at 01:04:02 PM EST
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Didn't take a climate catastrophe to end the USSR; plus folks like me have a living memory of what the dismantling of an empire looks like. Still stickin' to my guns.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Aug 17th, 2010 at 06:13:23 PM EST
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... and people willing to seize the opportunity ... frequent and steep enough oil price shocks (I think the opportunism can be taken for granted) is enough for the present American Empire.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Aug 17th, 2010 at 06:19:05 PM EST
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