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We've run out of elections to waste -- this is the last chance to make a difference on climate change

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I'm no expert on Australian politics I don't know all the cross-currents that will determine this week's balloting.

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But I do know a fair amount about the climate crisis, having written the first book on the subject back in 1989. So I can say with confidence that if Australians want to play a serious role in fixing the greatest challenge we've ever faced, this may be about the last election where people retain enough leverage to make a real difference.

Global warming, after all, is a math problem: how quickly can we reverse the flow of carbon into the atmosphere? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its report last year, said that unless a fundamental transformation was fully underway by 2030, we stood no chance of meeting the targets the world set in the Paris climate accords. No matter what country you're in, "fundamental transformations" don't come overnight; if you want to dramatically trim carbon emissions in 2030, it means you better start in 2020.

The climate change election: where do the parties stand on the environment? That means that if Aussie politicians of all stripes are still passing around lumps of coal and fantasizing about huge new coal mines, that's not going to happen.

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Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The (more...)
 
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"We've run out of elections to waste." What Bill McKibben says here about Australia couldn't be truer of our US election in 2020. And a Biden vs. Trump election--what I've been branding the "Empty Suit Election" between a Republican arch-climate-destroyer and the Democrat fossil most clueless about the policy demands of climate emergency (an ambitious Green New Deal)--would be an irreparable catastrophe for humanity. If Democrats nominate Biden, every single conscious American should join the Extinction Rebellion; indeed, XR should have Biden's face on its recruiting poster. For win or lose--and Biden's chances of losing to climate criminal Trump are considerable--Biden's nomination will practically be "game over" for meaningful climate action.

We have one serious chance to stop Biden dead before we're all forced to join the Extinction Rebellion. If you haven't, please read this urgent article.

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I read the situation the same way. It's now or never if disaster is to be avoided.

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McKibben is certainly right when he says "I do know a fair amount about the climate crisis", because he helped invent it. It's too bad that model projections are being treated as data now. But it's worse than that, with alarmists who seem to have not even read the model projections declaring wild exaggerations of them. Groupthink will damage us all with destructive policies and smearing those who dare to indulge in critical thinking (or proper science).

I suppose some find the prospect of doom thrilling in some way, but it's wrong to inflict their prescriptions on the rest of us, especially those who have to endure much lower living standards. Mercy is sadly omitted from the climate doom declarations and desperate calls for "climate action™". We're living in deluded times.

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McKibben is so focused on wild exaggeration of modelling projections that he is taking an anti-human stance. In the real world, we need to consider humans. See, for example, click here.

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If you hope to change anything for the better through an election, you're going to have to demand verifiable vote-counting. That means THE VOTERS are going to have to count the ballots for themselves, instead of blindly trusting that Those In Charge are going to count honestly. The computers & mailed-in ballots MUST GO! .thepolemicist.net/2016/09/strike-vote.html


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