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I think one of the problems is this:

"...let's leave aside the FACTS that we're poisoning and depleting our aquifers..."

You're writing it in the present tense, but it has already happened. It Is Already Over. People can't get their heads around what is actually going on.

Here's my favorite recent demonstration of how screwed we are:

by asdf on Tue Nov 12th, 2013 at 12:12:11 AM EST
People don't understand simple exponential growth.  For the use of something to "grow" it has to use the sum of all previous years - that is, after all, what 100% means - plus a bit, the growth in that time period.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Nov 12th, 2013 at 01:24:52 AM EST
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My advisor, AA Bartlett, died recently. He was big on the Youtubes for his lecture on exponential growth.

Five million views!

by asdf on Tue Nov 12th, 2013 at 01:00:50 PM EST
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Showing off your advisor, I like that :D

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 12th, 2013 at 01:04:25 PM EST
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Haha let me tell you about  my uncle.
by asdf on Tue Nov 12th, 2013 at 01:17:18 PM EST
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