There is a new movement of denials – although the Holocaust deniers are still around, the far right have found a new thing to deny – this time that the Earth is heating up due to excessive energy consumption and wars for more oil to burn going to more wars for more oil and gas and water control…
The Bush family – who made their fortune with great help of the Nazis – controls a huge region in Paraguay, neighbouring the Christian Tongil sect/movement’s leader, Mr. Moon, which is incidentally the second largest fresh water reserve on the planet and protected by the US military.
Now why do you think that they bought that? Because they like the Paraguayan countryside, or because they know that the water is running out? And how would they know that the water us running out? Well, their business models depend on oil and war and all those things that destroy the water, so it isn’t very difficult to see how that realisation came about. Even people like Bush might care for their own children. If they can make such decisions wittingly, then they can be tried for crimes against humanity, as NASA’s James Hansen, himself a conservative/republican, advocates.
This quick post was prompted by an incoming link from yet another climate change denier. I left a comment in the blog, but seeing as it was held for moderation I imagined that it might not pass the filtering process, so I better paste the comment here. It is a response to some distortion by a Conservative in the City, claiming that Al Gore started the advanced the environmental movements against climate change – which is either completely ignorant and dimwitted or a deliberate denial of history of social movements.
Ever since Gory Al produced his Toyota advertising piece, yes, indeed, there has been a scam moving across the planet suggesting to governments and people that we can produce and shop our way out of this predicament, if we just buy small Toyota cars and energy saving light bulbs.
However, the environmental movement began more than 150 years ago with such poems as “Cologne” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (pasted below) and began to take contemporary shape with Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” in 1962.
If anything, Gory Al at best set back the movement and at worst destroyed it, by making his nonsense both the rallying point of governments and ignorant consumers and also the central point of critique for climate change denials, which is not entirely unlike Holocaust denial, since people are dying as I type from lack of water, resulting in failing crops and what is worse.
Even the Word Bank estimates that there will be 40 million people without water in the Andes within 4-6 years and the problems have begun. Al Alto in Bolivia (sister city of La Paz) is suffereing from severe shortages and the same goes for Lima in Peru that only has water for 75% of the inhabitants and many more are coming, as the glaciers disappear and people seek to the cities.
It won’t help much, though, a city like Lima already depends for the most part on the water from the same glaciers; so the prospects in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador are dire, to say the least. From the ashes into the fire.
Having worked with people there over the last three years I urge any climate change denier to come out and talk to the people who with tears in the eyes stand beneath brown dead mountains that a few years ago were white, living, blossoming things – and beneath glaciers that are almost gone and crops that have dried out. Tell them that it is scam.
The Andean threat, of course, is quite small compared to when the Himalayan glaciers run dry within 20 years or so, leaving about half the current population of the planet without water and rendering them environmental refugees. Importantly, all the estimates that scientists make are continuously dwarfed by unexpected feedback loops and converging factors – glaciers receding ten timess faster than estimated five years ago, oceans acidifying twenty-three times faster than previously thought:
“Last month, researchers warned that a new global deal on climate change would come too late to save many of the world’s corals. A report from the Carnegie Institution at Stanford University in California found that carbon dioxide emissions are likely to acidify seawater enough to cause widespread damage to major reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Even stringent cuts designed to stabilise greenhouse gas levels still put more than 90% of the world’s reefs in jeopardy.”
Come out there and tell the millions of people suffering already that there is no such thing as climate change and a heating of the planet. The ice is melting, the water is disappearing – what more do you need as evidence?
IN Köhln, a town of monks and bones,
And pavements fang’d with murderous stones
And rags, and hags, and hideous wenches;
I counted two and seventy stenches,
All well defined, and several stinks!
Ye Nymphs that reign o’er sewers and sinks,
The river Rhine, it is well known,
Doth wash your city of Cologne;
But tell me, Nymphs, what power divine
Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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