April 1, 2017

The April Foolers of the Climate Crisis


The only world they know or want.

From a Greenpeace e-mail today, the subject heading and parts of the text:

Carbon Dioxide Declared Not a Primary Contributor to Global Warming

Nope, that’s no April Fool’s joke. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, actually said he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary driver of global warming…

Our top government leaders are turning their backs on science. It’s going to take every one of us standing together to expose the truth, hold these climate deniers accountable, and stop Trump, Pruitt, and the fossil fuel industry from literally destroying the planet.

There’s no actual quote in the e-mail but I’ll take their word for it that Pruitt said that. Why not? His type says stuff like that all the time.
Of course at this site we’re more interested in the other, more virulent kind of climate denier who turns his back on science. This is the type who says they understand that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to climate change but doesn’t actually want to do anything to reduce carbon in the atmosphere.
At this site we’ve declared many times the basic fact of climate change:
There is one and only one solution for averting the worst of climate change and for adapting to the level of crisis already locked in: 1. Greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 2. Stop destroying carbon and nitrogen sinks. 3. Rebuild sinks on a mass scale.
This will require a revolution of civilization. Most important, pressing, and direct, it requires that with all possible speed humanity must abolish industrial agriculture (the worst emitter and by far the worst destroyer of sinks) and undertake the global deployment of agroecology: The great rebuilder of sinks and the only way to produce sufficient and abundant food without extreme energy consumption; therefore the only way possible if humanity wants to continue to eat.
Anyone who says anything different is a joker, and anyone who says any version of “we can have it all”, that we can have the extreme energy mode of civilization (including the extreme emissions of fossil fuel extraction and burning, and including the campaign of destroying sinks inherent to industrial agriculture), is a fraud and a liar.
With that in mind, let’s see what this NGO has in mind where it comes to “every one of us standing together to expose the truth, hold these climate deniers accountable, and stop Trump, Pruitt, and the fossil fuel industry from literally destroying the planet.”

Join the Energy [R]evolution

With technology already available, renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and geothermal can provide 96 percent of our electricity and 98 percent of heating demand — the vast majority of U.S. energy use.

That’s not just good for the environment, it’s good for the economy, too. The solar industry already employs more people than coal mining and wind energy is cheaper than coal power in many U.S. states.

Still, we need more. We’ve got great opportunities today to build a cleaner energy system in time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Big companies like Apple and Google are setting great examples, committing to 100 percent renewable energy and making record-breaking investments in wind and solar. And across the country, everyday Americans are joining the energy revolution by through projects like community solar.

But they’re still the exception.

We’re campaigning to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and build a United States powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

Now who’s the real April Foolers? Indeed, the hype for Google and Apple, and “big companies” as such, did make me laugh. But then my laughter turns to coldness. The solution to the evils being wrought by corporate rule, climate chaos just one of these, is to double down on corporate rule and leave everything exactly the same, including the ravages of industrial agriculture. Is there a lower vileness than this kind of lie? And am I the only one sick of it?
Meanwhile the cult fantasy of replacing the extreme energy consumption afforded by fossil fuels with industrial-scale renewable energy is simply idiotic and malign. Physically and economically, industrial-scale wind or solar always depends upon the regular fossil fuel foundation. I’ve felt like Diogenes when I looked for a renewables apostle who could answer the simple question: How could industrial-scale renewable energy support itself without massive use of fossil fuels? None could answer. Indeed, almost none seem capable even of understanding the question.
Beyond the physical logistics of a massive industrial renewables buildout there’s the extreme amount of metal mining it would require. So much for the ecological grace of renewables. Culturally, politically, economically, an industrial-scale renewables buildout is supposed to replace fossil fuels in powering what would otherwise be the same corporate globalization regime. Greenpeace, with its rah-rah Make America Great Again rhetoric and paeans to “big companies”, is crystal clear on that. Is that what you think of when you think of restoring our harmony and balance as part of the Earth? On the contrary, here we have ExxonMobil-style rioters and looters, promising to continue with all the political and spiritual evils of the corporate dominion. Here as always we see how the “reformers” are offering no alternative whatsoever.
And in fact this kind of reform is impossible. The entire paradigm of corporate rule and extreme energy consumption is at the core of the Earth’s crisis. The fact is that anyone who would want a high-consumption grid based on CSP and industrial wind megafarms never would care sincerely about replacing fossil fuels in the first place, only about supplementing them. If the primary imperative value is to feed the gluttonous consumption maw, then climate change and other environmental crises cannot stand as equally important. Thus it’s no surprise that every climate conference populated only by these technocratic types, congenitally committed to corporate rule and extreme energy consumption, produces nothing but sham accords which never roll back greenhouse gas emissions or the destruction of carbon sinks.
By contrast, if averting the worst of the crises is primary, then the notion of maximizing energy production would automatically cease to be a goal in itself. On the contrary, it would be recognized as the ultimate cause of the crises.
At the bottom the e-mail signs off with this flourish: “Pruitt’s outright lies about carbon dioxide fly in the face of everything the EPA has stood for. It’s more important than ever that we unite to expose the truth and stand for justice.”
This is a flat out lie, as is proven by the entire history of the EPA. (For an excellent history see E. Vallianatos’ Poison Spring.) This lie exposes the typical gatekeeper function of this typical system NGO, whose goal, much like that of the EPA itself, is to ensure that thought and action remain imprisoned within the bounds of corporate domination, including acquiescence in all the worst extremes of climate chaos, poisonism, and every other environmental catastrophe. All this is hard-wired into the corporate project, and system regulators and NGOs have the mission of ensuring that no one breaks free of faith in the normativity of this project. They function exclusively according to the corporate/technocratic template I’ve expounded dozens of times, most recently in writing about these same regulators including the EPA.
Of course they still have a constituency. All too many people want to co-exist with the Poisoners, fantasizing about something like the EPA as a watchdog and enforcer. But that role doesn’t really exist within the corporate system. The EPA does the job it was designed to do, assist the corporations while running propaganda interference and fooling people into thinking such a watchdog and enforcer can co-exist with corporate rule. But in fact such co-existence is impossible, any good civics notion of regulatory agencies is a scam, and there’s no alternative to complete abolition of the poisons.
It is indeed more important than ever that we unite to express the truth and stand for justice, which is why we must smash the religious cult of pro-corporate regulators, pro-corporate NGOs, and the whole pro-corporate “reformism” fraud they gather to perpetuate. Getting rid of false ideas about regulators is a necessary first step toward building the necessary abolitionist consciousness.
It should go without saying that poisonism and climate chaos comprise one crisis, one criminal campaign driven by the same corporate and government criminals, and have one solution. They are inextricable in every way. But then another common lie is to try to separate them.
Within the limits of existing politics, every day is April Fools’ Day. We who are not fools and are finished with fooling need a completely new movement.
Help propagate the new and necessary ideas.

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