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Climate Change is Growing the Fossil Fuel Industry.

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"The problem with Americans is they think something is better than nothing."

-Alfred Stieglitz

"Carbon capture is total bullshit." -Michael Bloomberg

Capitalizing on D-Day to peddle US oil (which he still thinks is his job), Rick Perry told the EU:

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Seventy-five years after liberating Europe from Nazi Germany occupation, the United States is again delivering a form of freedom to the European continent. And rather than in the form of young American soldiers, it's in the form of liquefied natural gas. [i]

Of course, it's nonsense. US CO2emissions are 8X the EU's highest producer, Germany, and 15X-150X the rest. Buying from us would increase pollution. And pollution takes freedom away.

But put that aside. Consider his analogy -if it's analogy. Almost 75 years after Nazi Germany fell, and almost 30 after the Cold War there remain over 60,000 US troops in Europe, 170,000 abroad, and US bases in over 150 countries. Not to mention we still have 30,000+ nuclear missiles aimed round the world.

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I suspect, remaining occupied took the shine off liberation. But if one needs convincing, since WWII, we've toppled more than a dozen governments and tried in at least 50 other cases. That's not counting how many times we've simply meddled (numbers might not go that high.) [ii]

Still, America's held fast to the title of 'liberator'. At least enough to fool -if not everyone- a voting majority of Americans, and to keep a mostly straight face when talking to the rest of the world. Yet we can't earnestly say we've helped, considering the outcomes. Nor even meant to, considering the means; ecocide in Vietnam, more bombs on Baghdad than on the Axis Powers, etc., etc., etc.

It's boggling we all haven't died of freedom, already. 75 more years would kill us for sure. Burning fossil fuels at our current rate would heat the Earth at least 4 degrees by 2100. 75% of us -about 8.4 billion people- would face 20 or more days of deadly heat per year. [iii] For measure, on average 12 million -0.6%- died per year in WWII.

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Perhaps its time we stop looking at America, fossil fuel, and capitalism as three separate entities.

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And MIC.

Btw no mention of Tulsi Gabbard's Off Act. Capitalism's dual engine growth thru fossil is dooming life on the planet. We are captured in a death spiral.

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Good point about Gabbard, thank you. Allow me to admit it was an oversight, not forgiveness. True, also about the death spiral.

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Here is an interesting look at one source of greenhouse gas emissions that almost never gets mentioned in the mainstream media:

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The gasses emitted by this source will be extremely difficult to reduce given our penchant for consumption.

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You're right, it needs to enter the discussion in a big way. Still not convinced its OUR penchant for consumption causing it. Rather, as with fossil fuels, the market finds ways -like waste- to keep profits up when demand isn't. Or take water, for example, no matter how hard we try to conserve we only use 10% anyway industry and big ag uses the rest. So, again, the easiest way to curb waste is to curb capitalism.

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Thank you for the extensive list of sources.

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Thank you for responding.

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