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Albany Fiddles Over Congestion Pricing…

2:13 PM EDT on June 21, 2007

... as NASA Scientist James Hansen and six other scientists publish a new global climate change study that concludes, "The Earth today stands in imminent peril and nothing short of a planetary rescue will save it from the environmental cataclysm of dangerous climate change."

Steve Connor writes in The Independent (via Gristmill):

"Civilisation developed, and constructed extensive infrastructure, during a period of unusual climate stability, the Holocene, now almost 12,000 years in duration. That period is about to end," the scientists warn. Humanity cannot afford to burn the Earth's remaining underground reserves of fossil fuel. "To do so would guarantee dramatic climate change, yielding a different planet from the one on which civilisation developed and for which extensive physical infrastructure has been built," they say.

Yes, but what about Manhattan parking garage owners and car commuters from Eastern Queens? Are we willing to sacrifice their interests just to save the world?

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