inaction on climate change!!
The lead essay in Jacobin yesterday was "Against Geoengineering," and this piece is a critique of that essay. "Against Geoengineering" touches upon issues of climate change and of how a human society is to mitigate it.
Something to keep in mind… The Department of Defense uses 4,600,000,000 US gallons of fuel annually (2007). Carbon dioxide emissions are between 18.4 and 21.10 pounds per gallon of fuel depending on the type of fuel. The total
Something to keep in mind… “If our world is totally unsustainable, how do we retreat from it sustainably?" James Lovelock
Something to keep in mind... carbon emissions are caused by an economic system built on resource extraction and consumption.
Hundreds of business and government leaders from around the world, as well as experts, nonprofits, national officials, movie stars and celebrities will convene in San Francisco today and tomorrow for the Global Climate Action Summit. Missing is the US military. Heh. These folks are gathering ostensibly to find ways to meet the Paris Agreement goals. But, they will meet, talk, and what? Capitalists want profit. You do the math.
A parallel and alternative conference, sol2sol, reflecting social justice goals is also taking place this week. There is no difference between justice for Gaia and reverence for all people.
How To Avoid “Hot House Earth”
Here is a straightforward and simple path, a clear formula for action, a prescription if you will, that will allow us to avoid the catastrophic repercussions of a “Hot House Earth”.
The Arctic is now the fastest warming place on the planet. As it heats it is melting the sea ice. The melting of Arctic sea ice decreases the amount of reflective surface. Dark water absorbs more heat which:
Climate change appears to be a hopeless spiral into ever-hotter temperatures, with eventual outcomes being crop failure, release of methane clathrates from permafrost and from ocean floors and the transformation of Earth into a planet of Venus-lite, dead to the universe.
At the end of June, I posted a video here called Getting Serious about Climate Change. I was hoping for feedback and I got some. Some things were easy to fix like my mispronunciation of Arrhenius. Some things could not be fixed so easily without crippling my basic point. I traced the problem back to my over-flippant use of the term Institutionalism. My fascination with this line of thinking is largely due to my interest in its class analysis. So I have written the following in the hope that it will explain the reasoning behind that video.
For some time now, I have been trying to find a way to explain the sheer size of the climate change dilemmas. If merely pointing out the massive size were not a big enough problem by itself, the politicization of an engineering-industrial design-progressive economics matter made things worse.
I was reading a comment that stuck out to me (not on this site) from a self-described Democrat and "progressive" (which is a dead, co-opted term by neoliberal filth).
“shutting down fossil fuels”