Onion suggests organisms demanding a change in leadership
From The Onion:
Sometimes the Onion really grabs onto something. Here's the key paragraph:
“Since taking control of the ecosystem, human beings have misallocated its resources and left many of its operations teetering on the brink of collapse,” said Tracy Eldridge, a spokesperson for organisms demanding a change in leadership, noting that humans have overseen massive cuts in species around the world and that thousands more are expected to be eliminated within the next year alone. “Such wastefulness has threatened the long-term viability of the planet’s habitat, but humans appear unable to formulate an actionable plan to keep it running smoothly.”
“If they stay in charge and continue making all the major strategic decisions for this ecosystem, I don’t see how it can last more than another few years,” she added.
Yes, of course the idea that "human beings" are guilty of "bad ecological leadership" is a funny one. It's the Onion, people, laugh. Is that what we've been doing?
Here's the serious version:
The author John D. Sutter looks pretty interesting. Definitely someone worth taking out to lunch. OK, this is your Cassiodorus column for Earth Day 2019.
We are losing this war on climate change (were we fighting one? Coulda fooled me!) because climate change is accelerating and nobody cares. This is the subtext of Sutter's piece, though he doesn't quite want to say it outright. It's hard to believe this idea that the fossil fuel industry is going to magically disappear all by itself, implied in books such as Dieter Helm's "Burn Out". There are also clathrates for harvesting, no? Remember, though, that Bud Ward doesn't want you to worry a lot about the clathrates.
There's an obvious corollary to the idea of doing something meaningful about climate change. The Saudi royal family has to be cut out of its claim to an inordinate share of the action. It's as simple as that. Much of the rest of those oil fields will have to stay in the ground indefinitely. As for all of the other oil fields, the governments can eventually depreciate them as assets and buy them out at one cent on the dollar. Yes, even Venezuela. Did they not realize this when Chavez was in power? Oh and I guess Guaidó is planning some major puppetry on May Day.
The "transition" which Bonneuil and Fressoz do not (in their BRILLIANT book) report as having happened historically will have to be engineered politically in an imagined future. And the imagined future will have to be ecotopia. We will have to be ecotopians. How is this going to happen? If the rich were serious they'd have to show the world how Richistan (where they live) can become ecotopia. This piece in the Washington Post, "Capitalism in crisis: U.S. billionaires worry about the survival of the system that made them rich," has a Reddit post about it. But I can't read the WaPo because they're trying to spare-change me like downtown Santa Cruz street-sleepers and I keep saying "no." Anyone else here want to report on the article?