Huzzah! Let’s pop those Champagne corks because we are totally farked.
At least, CP commentator Leland Palmer threw in the sobering observation that an era of runaway climate change has begun.
It’s about billions of tons of carbon. Billions of tons of carbon are entering the air, each year, even as we speak…
…in the U.S., we are dealing with a financial elite that has become an elite because of oil and other fossil fuels. They don’t want to change, and they are so rich and powerful we may not be able to force them to change.
The Council on Foreign Relations, traditionally dominated by the Rockefeller family (who remain major stockholders in ExxonMobil and who are powerful enough within ExxonMobil to recently force the ex-CEO, Lee Raymond, to resign) has run a series of truly incredible articles by Scott Borgerson, talking in really incredibly daft terms about a new gold rush for “resources” including oil in the arctic and especially under the current icecap. Borgerson has recently carried this message to Congress, and testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee, who thanked him for his testimony and told him he had been very helpful. This campaign has included at least one op-ed in the New York Times by Borgerson, who also talks about “adapting” to global warming.
I’m not worried about ordinary, reasonable people. I’m worried about ExxonMobil, and Peabody Coal, and the Koch brothers that fund the Cato Institute.
I’m worried about an immensely powerful, disconnected financial elite with strange desires, apparently, who have recently apparently collaborated in bringing us the Iraq war and the financial crisis, and whose heavily influenced corporate media seems to want to talk about everything including pirates…but not very much about potentially exponentially increasing global warming.