The Last Good Man

“You have the entire scientific community saying we have to be very aggressive in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Yet you’re seeing the heads of coal companies and oil companies willing to sacrifice the well-being of the entire planet for their short term profits. And because of their power over the political process, you hear a deafening silence in the U.S. Congress and in other bodies around the world about the severity of the problem. Global warming is a far more serious problem than Al-Qaeda.”

That is Bernie Sanders speaking, the Independent Senator from Vermont and possibly the last good, honest man ever elected.

Bernie is another outlier, a socialist among rabid capitalists, one who puts the public good above profits.

The poor public. We are being failed by pretty much everyone who is supposed to give a shit. Politicians are hos and pimps, almost without exception. The NGOs, like 350.org, are following the same model. Bill McKibben has become a corporate shill, insisting that we can have our economic growth with some invented term like “renewables”, which don’t exist.

We built our civilization upon fossil fuels and didn’t have the foresight/restraint/will to conserve them carefully.

We built our civilization upon growth and didn’t put any limits on ourselves.

We still don’t.

Somewhere in a previous post, I said I feared that 2013 is maybe the last year we have a chance at saving the planet from extinction. No one knows where that tipping point is, and the problem with tipping points is that you only see them once you’re past them. Many people smarter than me say we’re cooked, nothing to be done, extinction is baked in regardless of what we do today. I’ve said it myself, and on many days, I believe it.
And yet, I still can’t quite believe that the human race is going to let itself be killed off without a fight. Whatever happened to our vaunted survival instinct?

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8 Responses to The Last Good Man

  1. Chris says:

    Our instinct to survive is buried under layers of bull shit slathered on by Madison Avenue, Wall Street, religion and the entertainment industries. The masses are ignoring realities,truth and discomfort. Someone will save us

  2. witsendnj says:

    Haven’t watched this yet but it almost looks like the notion of tipping points is getting out there: http://www.weather.com/tv/tvshows/tipping-points/main. And your point about nonexistent renewables is well taken but anathema to climate change activists. I got into an argument with some of them when it sort of dawned on me – doesn’t the mere fact that the most prominent climate scientist on earth, Jim Hansen, and certainly one of the most well- known authors, George Monbiot, plus who knows how many others are huge supporters of nuclear power tell you that they, at least, understand that there is no way that wind, solar, wave, geothermal, biofuel etc can provide energy comparable to what we derive from burning fossil fuels? Haha they dropped that question without even attempting to answer it.

    • igotsomethin says:

      You are a well known trouble maker! That is said with a smile and approval. When people finally wake up, if they ever do, boy, are they going to be pissed. I just can’t wait.

  3. Bev says:

    I’m not sure why we seem to assume there will be a happy ending: maybe some new “green” tech will save us. We’ve had a good run of “progress”, but it won’t and can’t last forever. I simply cannot see what would induce a significant enough percentage of the powers that be to do anything other than get it while they can, to change the outcome. Indigenous people have been protesting gas fracking up here, and they were treated to a military-type reaction from the RCMP. So not only is the government not doing the right thing, they are actively fighting those who are, including children and old ladies. I do have great admiration for native folks, though, as they seem very prepared to put their bodies right on the line.

  4. pauline says:

    Sigh, if only all politicians were like Bernie. He is a gem.
    And we are going the way of the dinosaurs, only faster. Their extinction took tens of thousands of years, not quite the overnight extinction portrait in movies. Our current 6th great extinction, on the other hand, started about ten thousand years ago and, according to the data from a variety of reliable sources and analyzed by only a very few with no monetary gain, i.e. Dr Guy McPherson, our end is near…

    And as for our survival instinct, more powerful than that is our conquer and claim instinct…. It’s going to get us all killed.

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