Sunday, November 2, 2014

"Men argue. Nature acts.” Voltaire

There's a midterm election coming up Tuesday, and no, I don't know anyone who's going to vote in it. People just don't care and I can't say that I blame them. There's all kinds of leftover Halloween scary going on and you better vote Democrat or the Republicans will take over the Senate and really? Then what? This country has been paralyzed since 2010 and I don't see that changing any time soon. But something is changing;
Effects of climate change ‘irreversible,’ U.N. panel warns in report - The Washington Post I know that one of the biggest climate deniers Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), a senior member of the environmental committee, is up for reelection and he'll probably win thanks to all the bribes donations from the energy sector. I think back on President Obama and the Democratic Platform in 2008," to defeat the epochal, man-made threat to the planet: climate change" In 2013, in his Inaugural address, "urging that Congress take action on a market-based solution like the one Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on a few years ago" What he was talking about was the 2003 Climate Stewardship Act. A decade is hardly "a few years ago" also this legislation was defeated, it finally morphed into the 2007 Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act and was killed as surely as we are killing this planet. So yes, McCain and Lieberman worked on some "market-based approach" and it failed. The planet doesn't give a damn about "The Market" and climate change will take it's course. But I do like that there's always some "FREE Market" response that's supposed to save the day, because that's been just so effective especially when it comes to the economy. Why shouldn't it save the climate too?  It's just strange to me that it seems that almost everyone elected, either does not have to deal directly with the weather or gets paid off, so the wind is always at their back and there's no evidence that will convince them that things are changing, specifically the climate. Our planets existence is up against institutions with powerful ideologies, run by wealthy elite owners. They don't want anything to change and are willing to pay to do so. I'd like to believe that Democrats are different and they aren't as guilty of being allied with the oil industry, but that just isn't true. "King Coal" McConnell is up for re-election in Kentucky, his father in-laws boat got busted for cocaine, any publicity is good publicity.  Are we supposed to believe that if we vote for the right candidate, the fracking's going to stop? Corporations have all the power and government isn't going to do a thing about it." the oil-and-gas industry received a total of $446 billion in government subsidies" While the Arctic melts and we continue to spend $1 on renewable energy for every $80 a barrel on oil, things are going to get a whole lot warmer. What we are going to do is burn every last drop of oil to prop up the free market. Then when the "irreversible" situation gets out of hand, there won't be a free market or any market.

"We probably could have saved ourselves, but we were too damned lazy to try very hard, and too damned cheap." Kurt Vonnegut



 

 

 

2 comments:

  1. Remember all of the talk about the dumbing down of the educational system years ago? I think we are seeing the bitter fruits of that, compounded by a de-emphasis on science in preference to good ol' readin', 'ritin', and 'rithmatic.

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