This is obviously malign bullshit. However, there's a version of this idea that I think makes policy sense.…
1. Fck carbon offsets. Useless.
2. Instead, to sell "carbon-neutral" oil, a co. must *verifiably & permanently sequester the amount of CO2 contained in the oil* -- no bankshot market BS; direct funding of CCS or DAC projects.
3. Start it voluntary; eventually make it mandatory.
We should be taking steps toward a world in which oil & gas companies are expected to bury as much CO2 as they dig up -- "carbon neutrality" should be required for social license.

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15 Oct
One thing I think is worth keeping in mind around the "popularism" debate is that, in an actual democracy, where each voter counted equally & majority voter preferences carried the day, *Democrats would already be winning*. That's not much practical help, but it's true.
I think often about the Waxman-Markey climate bill. Dems assembled support from:
* a majority of the public
* a majority of the biz community
* a majority of House reps
* a majority of senators
* the president

And the whole thing is now remembered as ... a pathetic failure.
It's true that Dems have to deal with the system as it exists -- they have to overcome large & wildly unfair barriers. Gotta be realistic. But it's easy to get too down on them. They're doing well enough that, in a sane political system, they'd be winning.
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Dudes try to understand Kyrsten Sinema: a thread.

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Alex @pareene thinks Sinema is planning to leave the Democratic Party and try to succeed as an Independent.…
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Ha ha, inevitable: reactionaries are now telling educators in Texas that books about the Holocaust must be "balanced" by "opposing views."

All you fuckwits who went along with the "illiberal college students" nonsense own this.…
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Is all this going to end with a bunch of right-wing parents refusing other, more-routine vaccines? Kinda feels like that's where we're headed.
Modernity was great while it lasted.
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Has anyone written a good account of why Peter Thiel is so reliably The Fucking Worst? Where did he come from? Why is he the way he is?…
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Here's the author of that book on Fresh Air:…
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