”Next month, we'll know whether we'll have a climate denier or an advocate for climate action in the White House”
No, we’ve known for more than 6 months we’d have a climate denying delayalist in the White House, just like we have now. Along with virtually the entire corporate duopoly party, Obama and Clinton both deny the truth about climate—that it’s far more serious than almost anyone knows or is willing to admit. Dozens of studies are now confirming that, and an increasing majority of climate scientists is finally saying what many have known all along.
Anyone who understands in an embodied way as well as intellectually, how dire the situation is, opposes fracking and TPP and wants NAFTA repealed, wants an immediate ban on fossil fuel development not only on federal lands, but on all lands, wants the fossil fuel industry nationalized and shut down as quickly as possible as we build replacements for it of efficiency, wiser lives, and clean safe resilient renewable energy. Anyone who gets it and is willing to admit it wants a rapid transformation of agriculture and industry to ecological forms—exactly the opposite of almost everything we have now, and wants us to take fast, radical steps toward global ecology and healing the psychological issues that are at the heart of all our problems. And anyone who understands the complexity and interwoven nature of the problem wants the US military to be recalled from the hundred and fifty plus countries it’s in, to be cut by half immediately and by 90% over the next 5-10 years, to be replaced with a Civilian Climate Corps of engineers, builders, laborers, writers and artists, educators, lawyers and everyone else, and spending on real solutions to the one multi-faceted problem we face now.
The first step is to declare a state of emergency and begin a US-led global climate mobilization. We can’t let ourselves be fooled by the sleight of hand of inadequate measures like Clinton has promised. Neither Clinton nor Congress will be willing to do anything but violently oppose the programs that will make a difference; unless either convinced to or removed from power by a massive peaceful revolution we’ll drift beyond the point of being able to save civilization while the corporate elite gaslights the public and deludes itself it can survive what’s coming. We can’t wait another 4 or 8 years to start this; it has to be now. Miriam Pemberton seems to get that sometimes but is either still trapped in obsolete ways of thinking about the crisis or is just unwilling to say what needs to be done. We need to help each other get past this block to our action demanding solutions.
PS I was a little disappointed, as I was hoping for some help from the article on direct comparisons I'm collating--how many wind turbines and solar panels and thermal plants could be built if we "sacrifice" x weapon systems? for example.