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I wouldn't put it beyond the average consumer to pile on more debt for the sake of the holiday spirit. It's not just American's that are at issue: compare the debt problems with global GHG emissions. In 2009, the recession helped us reduce emissions where voluntary measures failed. Instead of either continuing the necessary downward trend, or even keeping things steady, we have bounced back such that we will make up for the reductions of last year (from ClimateProgress.org):

"Scientists have revised their figures on global CO2 emissions, showing that levels fell by just 1.3 per cent in 2009 – less than half of what was expected. This year they are likely to increase by more than 3 per cent, greater than the average annual increase for the last decade."

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