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Thinking the Unthinkable: What if America's Leaders Actually Want Catastrophic Climate Change?

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By Dave Lindorff


Could US leaders want global warming to happen? by ThisCantBeHappening

What if the leaders of the United States -- and by leaders I mean the generals in the Pentagon, the corporate executives of the country's largest enterprises, and the top officials in government -- have secretly concluded that while world-wide climate change is indeed going to be catastrophic, the US, or more broadly speaking, North America, is fortuitously situated to come out on top in the resulting global struggle for survival?

I'm not by nature a conspiracy theorist, but this horrifying thought came to me yesterday as I batted away yet another round of ignorant rants from people who insist against all logic that climate change is a gigantic fraud being perpetrated, variously, by the oil companies (who allegedly want to benefit from carbon credit trading), the scientific community (which allegedly is collectively selling out and participating in some world-wide system of omerta in order to get grants), or the world socialist conspiracy (which of course, is trying to destroy capitalism).

What prompted me to this speculation about an American conspiracy of inaction was the seemingly incomprehensible failure of the US -- in the face of overwhelming evidence that the Earth is heating up at an accelerating rate, and that we are in danger of soon reaching a point of no return where the process feeds itself -- to do anything to reduce either this country's annual production of more atmospheric CO2, or to promote some broader international agreement to slow the production of greenhouse gases.

It seems insane that this nation's leaders, corporate and political, would even now still be deliberately refusing to take action to protect the Earth, which of course they and their children and grandchildren will also have to live on, and yet almost to a one they are on the side of the deniers or the delayers. The business leaders for example overwhelmingly provided campaign funding to the Republicans -- a party that makes jokes about global warming and openly urges more burning of coal.

Okay, a lot of Republicans are wacky believers in a 6000-year-old world where Adam and Eve hunted dinosaurs and god talked to Moses. But it seems equally or even more insane that people who clearly know better, like President Barack Obama, or most of the Democratic Party leadership in Congress, would resist even minimal efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and would directly work to undermine international efforts at reaching a rigorous treaty on global reduction of carbon emissions...

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to:  www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/1441

 

Dave Lindorff is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper www.thiscantbehappening.net. He is a columnist for Counterpunch, is author of several recent books ("This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the (more...)
 

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less and less unthinkable. And more and more ... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 2:40:43 PM
as much as sheer, short-sighted, pea-brained stupi... by j dial on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 5:41:41 PM
The human race WILL change its ways. After all, we... by Bud Martin on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 6:29:20 PM
MAN CAUSED CLIMATE CHANGE ?... by Matthew Jacobs on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 1:49:50 AM
Discussions of climate change and carbon emissions... by John ODonnell on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 4:21:42 AM
Just like tobacco companies chose to ignore the he... by Philip Pease on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 10:58:48 AM
Everywhere, The Amazon, Canada, Alaska, .We need m... by Davey Jones on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 1:04:43 PM
as long as civilization values that power and hier... by martin weiss on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 7:41:15 PM
Furthermore, it would have the tacit approval of t... by Paul Repstock on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 9:17:35 AM