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Mobilization to Save Civilization

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The government will help speed up the development of airplanes using fossil-free fuel.

During World War II, much of the country was mobilized. The Manhattan Project alone had 130,000 scientists. In addition:

[T]he president set staggering goals for the nation's factories: 60,000 aircraft in 1942 and 125,000 in 1943; 120,000 tanks in the same time period and 55,000 antiaircraft guns. In an attempt to coordinate government war agencies Roosevelt created the War Production Board in 1942 and later in 1943 the Office of War Mobilization. . . . War production profoundly changed American industry. Companies already engaged in defense work expanded. Others, like the automobile industry, were transformed completely. . . . Chrysler made fuselages. General Motors made airplane engines, guns, trucks and tanks. Packard made Rolls-Royce engines for the British air force. . . . The Ford Motor plant [built long-range bombers].

Carrying out the new policies needed for the present emergency will require an even greater mobilization, because it requires a complete change in the energy system. Fortunately, it has progressed far enough that we know it is possible. A big part of the American president's job is to motivate Americans, and leaders of other countries, to take on this most-difficult-of-all-times task.

By means of such policies, America could be put in position to do what President Obama said he wanted - "to take bold action to reduce carbon pollution" and "lead the world in a coordinated assault on climate change."

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Recognizing the extent to which the media have been guilty of aiding and abetting companies that use deceitful propaganda in order to promote their own short-term benefits, even at the risk of destroying civilization, the media determines that it will no longer:

Suggest that climate scientists are divided on the reality and cause of climate change.

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David Ray Griffin is emeritus professor of philosophy of religion at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. He has written 30 books. His most recent book is Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis? (Clarity (more...)
 

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