Wade Davis: Life without wild things We have forgotten the flocks of passenger pigeons that blotted out the sun, the herds of bison that shook the ground and the untamed places in which we destroyed them. This is ecological amnesia
Yeah, that was at the top of my news feed this am. I do not doubt the science or the earnestness behind the warning(s). Unfortunately, doing anything approaching what they suggest is politically (and practically) infeasible. (unfeasible? is there a difference? word nerds?)
Where are we going? And why am I in this handbasket? c.
The suits are the latest in a small but growing effort to hold Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, Shell and other major energy companies accountable for the effects of global warming. Legal experts say the challenge is more comprehensive than previous endeavors, and is based on better climate science and more evidence to support a claim of conspiracy among oil company executives.
Poor Americans. Much in need of crushing paternalism and hyper-active finger-pointing in order to get anything done.
The USA currently 'enjoys' the lowest excise taxes on gasoline and diesel among the rich OECD club members. US excise taxes on polluting, maiming, fuel are higher than a number of poor, 3rd world countries.
In fact, a few years, the USA with lots of popular support invaded and occupied Iraq for two purposes. One to support the US-supported, nuclear weapons backed affirmative action ethnic cleansing program in Israel. Two, in the name of cheap energy entitlement that is so important to so many Americans.
Lots of countries with high green taxes have an active presence on the part of multinational oil & gas companies. If anybody can cite a campaign by multinational oil companies against higher excise taxes on dirty fuels, please share.
Congrats to everybody here. The cheap fuel entitlement is widely shared by Democrats and Trump Republicans. You have something in common!
I admire the willingness of individual voting Americans to harm their fellow citizens be it through particulate matter emissions or automobile accidents.
Some of us are possessed of a deep love and respect for the world that evolved us, and are saddened at the destruction and disrespect our species treats it with. I know it will be here long after we destroy ourselves, but I still abhor witnessing it.
But you are in opposition to those (other ~half apparently) who think that God(tm) created the planet for us to consume, and that we won't get to our greater reward until we really screw up the nice thing he gave us. I'd propose a war, but I think that serves one side better than the other.