6th Mass Extinction, Bill Mckibben, Canfield Ocean, Climate Change, Collapse of Industrial Civilization, Corporate State, Ecological Overshoot, Economic Collapse, Edward Bernays, Environmental Collapse, Free Market Ideologues, Inverted Totalitarianism, Mass Die Off, Mass Media Manipulation, Paul L. Street, Peter D. Ward, Under a Green Sky: Global Warming - the Mass Extinctions of the Past - and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future
“There’s No Economy on a Dead Planet”: Reflections on a Missing Election Issue
“A Powerful Symbol of the Age of Man”
Climate change is indisputably anthropogenic – human-made. The long deep-pocketed propaganda, public relations, and lobbying arms of the corporate carbon industrial complex have long insisted that global warming is a reflection of unalterable natural forces that operate independently of human control. But the preponderant majority of the climate-sentient world agrees with the overwhelming consensus finding of contemporary earth scientists that global warming is anthropogenic (“human made”) – that it reflects the visible hand of human practice, politics, and policy. It knows that the story of the world’s broken ecology is about the human release of greenhouse gases resulting from the uncontrolled extraction and use of carbon-based fossil fuels.
The harsh reality has to be acknowledged in elite capitalist media. Reflecting its duty to provide its privileged readers with reasonably accurate information, even the neoliberal, arch-capitalist Anglo-American Economist magazine acknowledges the dominant role of human agency in a recent special supplemental report on “The Vanishing North.” According to The Economist last June, “The shrinkage of the sea ice is no less a result of human hands than the ploughing of the prairies. The cause is global pollution, and the risks it carries are likewise global. The Arctic, no longer distant or inviolable, has emerged, almost overnight, as a powerful symbol of the age of man.”
“Accelerating the Catastrophe”
What do the two dominant U.S. business parties offer towards the goal of saving the planet – well, its living species – from the crisis of anthropogenic global warming? Less than nothing. An escalation of the assault, in fact, making the problem worse.
Writing about the drastic melting of “the earth’s air-conditioner,” Gillis notes a chilling lack of urgency in reacting to the problem the part of rich nation governments, whose “main response has been to plan for exploitation of newly accessible minerals in the Arctic, including more oil.”
Instead of acting to limit greenhouse emissions, those governments see the retreat of the great northern ice cover as an opportunity “to accelerate the catastrophe…The reaction,” Noam Chomsky notes, “demonstrates an extraordinary willingness to sacrifice the lives of our children and grandchildren for short-term gain. Or, perhaps, an equally remarkable willingness to shut our eyes so as not to see the impending peril.” …
…The Republicans and the Democrats both decline to take the great time bomb of climate change with anything remotely like the seriousness it deserves since doing so would disrupt “the economy.” They both worship at the altar of growth and the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats” – capitalism’s longstanding fake, eco-cidal answer to popular pressure for jobs, and end to poverty, and the downward redistribution of income and wealth. They both refuse to let long-term considerations of livable ecology and human survival interfere with the short-term pursuit of material expansion and the bottom line, not to mention the short-term logic of the election cycle.
I often wonder why people, who know that climate change is real, refuse to discuss it. They refuse to discuss it because it will upset their regimen of making money and carrying along with business-as-usual.
Bill Mckibben was on some late night TV show and he mentioned that the executive of some oil company said that if we need to move our food production north, then we will. Here is why that won’t work. Climate change means widespread famine, wars for dwindling resources, the fall of States, and the final extinction of man. There’s no more pretending that economic growth is possible or even a sane path for us to follow. Yet the system continues on through coerced participation.
I wonder if our forebears from 100 years ago would alter their actions if they knew from scientific and observable evidence that their way of life would cause the extinction of their progeny. Do you think they were more sensible back then? At that time, Edward Bernays and the tools of mass media manipulation had not yet entered society. Are not climate change deniers and free market ideologues the flat-earthers or Salem witch hunters of the 21st century? Feel free to give me an answer if you have one.
If you destroy the oceans, the cradle of life, then they will overtake you, returning you from whence you came…
Found the video and embedded it into the post. I had to watch it a few times, dumbfounded at the two knuckleheads on the left.
Quote of the millennium:
I posted the Zeeshan Hasan article to make people aware of the possibility of a “Canfield ocean-induced mass extinction”. Nuclear power will not solve our problems.
Paul f. Getty said:
I read “Under Green Sky” when it first came out. I found it by chance, at my son’s university’s bookstore, and I was sort of bored at the time and had the time to get through it. It awakened in me something that had fallen asleep for many years…..a real worry about the future of mankind. I read Limits to Growth when I was 22, and was shocked that no matter how much I tried to convince others of the dangers of continuing on our present path, nobody, NOBODY cared!
But certainly, for sure, they would care, now that this monster of global warming was on our horizon!
Nope. Nobody. Still nobody cares when I talk to them. Some get angry. But I never convince them they should worry.
And that, of course, makes me worry more.
Will Cain spouting off in that video about his idea of ‘conservatism’, which in reality for people like him means preserving the status quo (i.e. capitalism, a fossil fuel-based economy, American exceptionalism, and the unwillingness to face the reality of industrial civilization’s environmental overshoot), is a textbook example of the hubris of man and the blind faith in technology to solve all problems.
I agree with Bill Maher on the absurdity of this ‘conservative’ idea that mankind will just have to adapt to whatever hellishly degraded world our fossil fuel-dependent society creates for future people. It is actually even worse that someone who flat out denies AGW and climate change. But that seems to be what we have done, substituting another less desirable resource for one that has been depleted, from the ocean’s overfished stock to the low-hanging fruit of energy.
Professor Christoper Rhodes believes mankind will follow the same rise and collapse in population, based on available resources, as any other living thing. For all our cleverness and ingenuity, when it comes to long-term planning and sapience, we are no different than bacteria:
Its a good thing nobody cares, including your son, otherwise he wouldn’t be attending university, he’d be outside tending a small plot of soil he was generously allotted by someone. To save the planet we need to de-industrialize the country and stop global development remember?
“”The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States. We can’t let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization, we have in the US. We have to stop these Third World countries right where they are.” – Michael Oppenheimer, Environmental Defense Fund
“”The prospect of cheap fusion energy is the worst thing that could happen to the planet.” – Jeremy Rifkin, Greenhouse Crisis Foundation
“Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”- David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club
You son would not need an college education if people like this ever get control. Looks like I’m fighting for your son’s future.
If the cure is worse that the disease, then extinction must be a preferable avenue in the minds of the status quo-preservers. What is the prescription for our predicament? Surely it cannot be business-as-usual.
Paul f. Getty said:
Fighting for my son?
The best thing that can happen for my son is that every citizen of the world know and understand our predicament as far as global warming and peak oil and diminishing resources are concerned. Instead we have a concerted effort to confuse the world’s people in a coordinated campaign of lies and distortions promoted by global corporations, for short term profit. The average person is not getting the truth. When they hear it, they have heard so much other pro growth, pro fossil
Fuel garbage that they dismiss real scientific evidence and fact.
I feel the people of the world, if they understood the real situation, might make the right decisions.
“The power of images to create [their] own reality has left us the most illusioned nation on earth. It has created an illusion about who we are, about where we are going, about what is happening around us, and has disconnected us so deeply from reality that we can no longer make rational decisions that affect our future.”
~ Chris Hedges
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist,
author of “Empire of Illusion”
Paul f. Getty said:
Isn’t Chris hedges a gem? He understands the modern human condition like few others. Mike, you’ve got to get with Chris one day. I think you could each gain so much from a few hours together, delving into mankind’s present reality and presenting the rest of us with new insights.
Living in a world of corporate-spun illusions…
Paul f. Getty said:
The destruction of a whole region of our earth is going on under our watch. The tar sands project is breaking this scientist’s heart:
“The destruction of a whole region of our earth is going on under our watch. ”
Exactly, and it is being done secretly through the UN and World Bank backed REDD program. All to save the planet…sniff..
The REDD project is breaking this scientist’s and environmentalist’s heart:
Read here http://www.redd-monitor.org/2012/09/28/protests-in-chiapas-against-redd-stop-the-land-grabs/
Paul f. Getty said:
“boosting the chance of extreme US weather”.
Wow, boosting the chance of extreme weather, what a terrific series of complete weasel words. Wouldn’t want to go out on a limb there. Lol!