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'The House Is on Fire': Naomi Klein Takes Media to Task on Covering Climate

'The House Is on Fire': Naomi Klein Takes Media to Task on Covering Climate

Eoin Higgins, staff writer

News coverage of the climate crisis can no longer rely on the false pretense of objectivity, writer and activist Naomi Klein said Tuesday.

The mainstream media is "profoundly distrustful of people who are saying 'actually, the house is on fire,'" Klein said, citing the impulse among many journalists to remain objective and hear both sides.

"But guess what," said Klein. "The house is on fire."


“Centrist” is media-speak for “corporate”. If the corporate media (owned of, by and for the wealthy) had it’s way, there would be no political alternative to the right (DNC/DuNCe) and the far-right (RNC/RuNt Cabal).

Oh! There really isn’t. The DNC/RNC owns the elections and they went to court to prove they don’t even have to report ACTUAL primary votes - let alone follow the ACTUAL vote count.

Like Venezuela, we’ve had a coup… only it was successful in the USA.

Look on the bright side: we’ve experienced the apex of culture so enjoy the slippery slide down. Weeeeeeee!


The “markets” got us to where we are. Currently, Big Capital controls much of the popular media. Trusting guidance from that sector demonstrates a mindless naïveté that approaches the pathological. Doing anything effective about the situation would require across-the-board cooperation, and even then it’s going to be a photo-finish. Meanwhile, the House is merrily burning up.


Burn Baby Burn. Since people don’t have the balls to Rise Up, let the Politicians fix everything for us! That’s what we want, Right???

Callling these people centrists invests them with a patina of moderation, restraint, and rationalitty that has nothing to do with their policies or behavior.

It further suggests that they are in some way representative of a greater population somewhere, which they are not.


I made a breakthrough in clean energy for humanity. The market does not care. The press does not care. The government does not care.

For the press…

I feel this is very apt with how the media and governments are treating this.


“I’m sorry, it is impossible to be apathetic about the end of the world.” People are turning away because they are terrified.

We are so lucky to have the likes of Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg to speak the truth so clearly.

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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions

End our love affair with the automobile

Ride more trains and buses

Car pool

Walk and bike more

Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter

Become vegetarians or vegans

Refill plastic water bottles with tap water

Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation

Maximize use of reusable bags and products

Recycle junk mail

Forego fast junk food

Go to “slow food”;

Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans

Drive and accelerate more slowly

Climb more stairs

Plant more trees

Forego use of spray cans

Ride more trains and buses

Repair, mend and alter as much as possible

Buy solar panels

Compost as much as possible

Last person out of the room turn off the lights

Eat and farm organic

Ride more trains and buses

Fly fewer planes

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Use manual tools instead of power tools

Share more

Use rakes rather than leaf blowers

Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water

Maximize reusable bags and products

Push rather than power small mowers

Replace lawns with vegetable gardens

Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns

Compost as much as possible

Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);

Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;

Limit endless gadgets

Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Decrease consumption

Limit family size

Local Government Actions

Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)

Institute a carbon tax

Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit

Expand bike paths

Have shareable (zip) cars

Ban electric outdoor signs;

Eat and farm organic

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings

eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food


Federal Government Actions

Eliminate subsidies to fossil fuel corporations

Ban gasohol

Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war

Further shrink nuclear arsenals and increase treaties

Discontinue night baseball

Promote making electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible

Promote recycling

Set standards for making appliances to be as energy efficient as possible

Discontinue single use aluminum cans

Ban electric outdoor signs

Subsidize solar and wind power;

Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture

Reverse deforestation, plant more trees

Restrict spray cans

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide

End yearly auto model changes;

Proscribe junk mail

Scrap the mission to Mars

Adjust tax laws to limit family size


I believe you are exactly right, ronbo.

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Big Capital controls all popular media.

In the Midwest, it swim baby swim

All of these ideas have costs. They’re all inefficient uses of our time when there are better, quicker, faster, safer options that simply use more energy consumption. You make it sound like doing these things have no consequences. They do. Inefficiency is expensive. It leads to less innovation, less opportunities for healthier, longer lives. Less satisfaction because we aren’t doing the things we want to do. Less economic growth which always hurts the poor the most. You must account for the costs.

Buy nothing except food.

We would be so lucky if we could fall back on the standard of living of the Neanderthals; something much worse is waiting in the wings for our grandchildren.