Volatility

March 6, 2020

“The Fire is in the Minds of the People”

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(Title quote from Dostoevsky’s The Possessed.)
 
It is climate/weather with extreme conditions of drought, low humidity, high temps and high winds, not fuels, that is responsible for all large wildfires. I have not seen a single exception.
 
“Topography and fuels do influence blazes, but if you don’t have the right weather conditions, ignitions do not blow up into huge conflagrations.
 
“In the case of Paradise, as well as in many other large fires I’ve visited over the years, “fuel reductions” failed in the face of extreme fire weather. In a sense, the continued advocacy for “fuel reductions” by various public agencies, forestry schools, collaboratives, and the like is delusional, and borders on maleficence since it lulls communities into believing if they only cut enough trees and brush, they won’t have to worry about wildfire.”
 
It is malefic because they say, “If you give us license to log as we see fit, you can continue with business as usual with less fear of fire.”
 
That’s a direct lie which dovetails perfectly with the mass psychological imperative sense that Business As Usual, such as extreme commodity logging, must continue.
 
Indeed, Business As Usual as a whole is dependent upon business as usual for each significant part, such as logging.
 
The more the specters of the climate crisis, the wholesale poisoning of humanity’s food and water, or pandemic threats like the Coronavirus threaten to shut down the economic machine, the more stubbornly the mass of atoms will double down on denial and take refuge in the most idiotic, long refuted lies.
 
 
So in any context what they really want is any kind of lie which lets them believe they can fix any problem while continuing Business As Usual.
 
The climate-industrial movement and its “Green New Deal” vision of capitalist utopia comprise the biggest, most encompassing lie: “If we make a few minor tweaks to Business As Usual as a whole, we can continue Business As Usual with no fear of global heating and climate chaos.”
 
And so to circle back to industrial logging, putting it in this perspective:
 
1. Climate change, through escalating heat, drought, dryness and high winds, is driving ever greater fire. The science is unanimous, where it comes to wildfire the climate and weather trump all.
 
2. Logging corporations and their kept government agencies join hands with climate deniers to find scapegoats and invent lies, all toward the lie that “thinning” (logging) is an anti-fire action when it really makes fires more common and worse. They propagate their campaign of lies in order to claim that not only mustn’t they stop, they must escalate Business As Usual.
 
Ecocide and disaster capitalism always come together to form this escalating feedback loop and will continue to do so until they collapse completely.
 
3. In the meantime their lies are believed or tolerated since almost everyone, including the mainstream “environmental movement”, really wants Business As Usual to continue.
 
More profoundly, they believe on the level of fundamentalist religion that the economic civilization must continue and escalate.
 
Thus it’s not just ironic, but in a deep sense appropriate, that the last great disaster capitalist blow-out is going to be precisely the green-capitalist binge, “Green New Deal”, fake environmentalism’s obscene proposal to keep raping the Earth in the very name of saving it.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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