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Climate Activists Can't Afford to Ignore Labor. A Shuttered Refinery in Philly Shows Why

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/01/11/climate-activists-cant-afford-ignore-labor-shuttered-refinery-philly-shows-why

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“We can do big things in this country.”

However, we cannot do one small thing that affects everything else.

Get money out of politics.

The situation is such that delays are easy to sell because the alternative is to a system that demands that every industrialized nation on the planet move as quickly away from combustion generated energy as possible. Should the governmental sector take control as they can in times of war it will hit the middle classes the hardest while the loss of freebies for the fossil fuel energy sector will cause the real cost of production to drive prices to inexperienced heights. Perhaps rationing could be a good first effort.

In 2001 US GDP was 8 times greater than China’s GDP. Today their GDPs are equal.

Comparative GDPs are not the point of this post. The point is that China’s GDP is heavy on infrastructure development while US GDP barely funds infrastructure and heavily funds military ventures that are fossil fuel intense.

Until US economic priorities shift from military to infrastructure real jobs will continue to be casualties.

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A presenter on EcoShock Radio this week pointed out that crossing one tipping point leads to the crossing of all tipping points. The arctic has crossed from being a carbon absorber to being a carbon emitter. Australia is our future. Eunice Foote was correct back in the 1850s: burning fossil fuels would warm the planet to the point of agricultural failure and mass death by starvation.

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Some East Coast workers lose their jobs, everyone is worried. 10000 coal workers in WVA lose their jobs and no one cares!