We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Ahem - without naming names, or location other than NE CT, an environut good friend of mine was talked into installing a $86,000 set of solar panels (including the site work, base, freestanding panel support), $28,000 controller system w/ battery backup and the $13,000 electrician's bill to set the controller up, hook it to his home, setup the battery backup system and the grid/feed back loop to he can feed power to the system into what is called a "bank" - meaning that he can draw from the normal grid without cost to him. The State of CT gave him a "green subsidy" of $11,000 to install the system so his "net cost" was $116,000.
Here's the fun part. His normal electrical bill is about $155/mth on average. It will take 748 months, or 62 years for him to break even just for the electrical use - never mind the admittedly low interest rate over 35 years (a Federal subsidized loan) - according to my math, it's over 100 years before the system begins to pay for itself. :>)
I tried to tell him - I really did, but he bought into it hook, line and sinker - no pun intended.
If you're not first on your own list, it can only mean you're goofing-off. Now, BD, let me be frank: I know you're not an evil person, so, well, it has to be your time-management skill set. There IS hope, however. Please, before any further turmoil breaks out, see Dr. Bliss.
That Joe Romm doesn't like dissenting views much. My comment there was quickly censored and snipped - even though I simply suggested that perhaps blanket-labelling one's opponents as "deniers" wasn't calculated to make your position sound very rational and scientific...
By the way, all ... There is the most savage, deliciously insulting cartoon of Al Gore on the cover of The Weekly Standard, accompanying a very thorough, well-organized take-down of the whole global warming scam which is authored by Stephen Hayes.
Worth seeing, and reading. Bet that The Goracle would really reeely like to sue the magazine. Maybe he could use some of those ill-gotten gains from his carbon-offsets company to pay for the lawyers.
But he'll still look obscene and silly -- just the way he does in the cartoon.