Fast forward to 2013. Tim Rinne of the (unfortunately) still-existing Nebraskans for Peace wants the US to cripple its economy with carbon consumption restrictions, to reduce anthropogenic global warming. Will it reduce AGW? Almost certainly not; India and China are not crazy enough to cripple their economies in the same fashion, and will simply use the carbon-based fuels we forgo.
A lot of it is just plain wrong. For example:
It will mean growing more of our food locally and eating seasonally to lower production and transportation costs.Problem is, locally grown food does not reduce carbon production. Global distribution networks are highly efficient. Shipping in train-cars of produce from California uses less carbon than the thousands of small trucks local growers need to take food to their local markets. What Tim really hates is big business, and he likes the hair-shirt feeling he gets from eating half-rotten turnips and contracting mild scurvy. Yes, it is stupid and more-than-slightly crazy, but there you go.
Liberals are weird. The end result of an action seems unimportant to them, as long as the action palliates their guilt. They felt bad about having the capability to incinerate Soviet babies, even though former-Soviet babies, now grown up, are far better off because we were steadfast about our nuclear capability. Now they want us to engage in a course of self-indulgent abnegation, even though it will not do anything to stop AGW, because it will less them feel less guilty about their small fraction of it.
I don't know about you, but palliating liberal-self-loathing is not high on my list of priorities. If they really want to reduce their carbon dioxide production to near-zero, there's an obvious course for them to take.