Re: [OPE] Alexander Cockburn on carbon catastrophism

Date: Sun Feb 10 2008 - 18:37:44 EST

The case for anthropogenic climate change has overwhelming scientific
support. It can not just be written of by vague hypothesis about
alleged social motivations for the theory.

> For reasons I find very hard to fathom, the environmental left movement
> has bought very heavily into the fantasy about anthropogenic global
> warming and the fantasy that humans can prevent or turn back the warming
> cycle. This turn to climate catastrophism is tied into the decline of the
> left, and the decline of the left's optimistic vision of altering the
> economic nature of things through a political programme. The left has
> bought into environmental catastrophism because it thinks that if it can
> persuade the world that there is indeed a catastrophe, then somehow the
> emergency response will lead to positive developments in terms of social
> and environmental justice. This is a fantasy. In truth, environmental
> catastrophism will, in fact it already has, play into the hands of
> sinister-as-always corporate interests.
> Complete article
> I think that what it is really about is that smoking and farting are not
> permitted in polite society, and that if you didn't worry and fret about
> something, you would appear not to be seriously engaged with anything
> bigger than yourself. Also, it has to do with thrift. If workers are happy
> to make do with less to save the planet, employers save money in labour
> costs.
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