It’s becoming very difficult to distinguish between the climate refugees and those that are refugees of the USAs 21st century resource wars. In the end I suppose they are pretty much the same.
We are quickly approaching a “critical mass” when it comes to our climate and our ever dwindling petroleum resources. Remember peak oil? Well it’s here. There are now three times as many wells as there were just 20 years ago, yet they are now just barely maintaining supply. All that despite the fact that demand has plateaued right along with supply, with renewables taking another 2% of the market every year. Yet the west, lead by the USA, insists on fighting regional wars in the Middle East and central and South America (and a few in Africa) in order to consolidate the remaining reserves, creating a massive refugee crisis in Eastern Europe and along Americas southern border. A refugee crisis only exacerbating the growing one from rising seas, inland flooding, and drought.
I guessed back in the 1990’s that humankind, and particularly Americans, would have a hard time grasping both peak oil and global warming. They are so obtuse, and have grown so fat on the technology boom of the late 20th century that they simply cannot fathom a world where the weather is out of control and petroleum by products don’t exist. I guessed back then that it would take a singular disaster, one reminiscent of a Hollywood blockbuster, to get people to change their habits and recognize their fate. Yet one has not materialized. It has been a slow march of ever increasing disasters that have us still living in the same kind of denial that a frog has in a pot of hot water. Of course the saddest part is that the frog has no intellect. It won’t know what’s happening to it until it’s being served with two side dishes. Mankind on the other hand knows exactly what’s happening, yet we CHOOSE to do nothing, or at least the equivalent of nothing.
In the end I guess that old philosophical genius George W Bush May have been correct. The rapture may be our exit strategy now.