And, of course, the word 'climate' was not uttered even in the final debate. For an enlightening take see Chris Hayes on the Silence on Climate Change at the Debates ; but I think the reasons go deeper than Ohio (and, indeed, America) and affirm the worst fears of many. We (the world) just can't have it both ways. There simply is not enough fossil fuel to sustain present consumption let alone accommodate anticipated increased need as billions more in China and India demand our way of life— and who can blame them? If anything the drop in world production during the world recession has given the planet a bit of a breather --literally.
To even talk about 'growth' and 'climate change' in the same conversation is to open the debate to a conversation they dare not have because the answer is so obvious. "We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter." (Diderot, Rameau's Nephew (1762).) Growth (a.k.a. consumption) is the cause of global warming and we simply can't have one without the other. Yes Virginia it is true: There is no Santa Claus. Sorry, but we really can't have our cake and eat it too.Green technology may generate some jobs but no hope is more cruel than false hope. “Hope,” said Lord Byron, is “[t]he paint on the face of existence. Just a touch of truth rubs it off and then we see what a hollow cheeked harlot we've got hold of." I am aware of no scientist (let alone a scientific consensus) who has shown any credible evidence that green energy alternates can be developed in time to prevent a crisis of civilization as we know it. Even once arrived at putting such technology in place (institutionalizing it) on a world scale is quite a different, and decades long, matter. Even if we can somehow get there the polar ice caps, rising temperatures, worsening storms and droughts, along with disappearance of the coral reefs and rain forests (got oxygen?) suggest a tipping point: the damages caused thus far are irreversible and the dire and costly consequences will continue to be shown even if science and technology develop alternate sources of clean energy to fuel growth and satisfy insatiable need.
But "[i]n general men are stupid, ungrateful, jealous, greedy for other people's goods, abusive of their superiority when strong, and deceitful when weak." (Voltaire, God and Human Beings.) "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits... Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. (Albert Einstein.)You just can’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
The next 50 years may well be the most troublesome not just for this civilization will be decisive on the issue of whether the planet will be able to sustain any civilization. Think the Mother of All Downsizing.Investment tip: riot gear.
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