Two sociologists have proposed to stave off the full force of climate change a little longer before our world ends. The problem is they want to work on changing the attitude of corporate CEOs, and politicians, who are in bed fully with the forces of destruction- such as the CEO of EXXON MOBIL , who just finished distributing 45 billion dollars to his stockholders last year.
At that meeting of stockholders, they voted with the CEO, Rex Tillerson, according to reporters there. And it was for business as usual. Tillerson made it clear, as have other CEOs, that business will go on. In fact, he clearly said that in a chilling statement: (PHOTO: Rex Tillerson, CEO)
“What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?…”
Yes, he said that letting the Earth die and all humanity with it is better. He said that he and other fuel companies could not meet the standards for greenhouse gases so they won’t even try.
Tillerson then said, meeting the standards would be “devastating to economies, societies and peoples health and well-being around the world…” Once more, they won’t even try. Are any readers here who would like to volunteer to die for rich oil CEOs, …to crash and burn in one big party?
That hair trigger is ready and could explode over the next 2 to 5 years. Then it’s all over. For CEOs, that means their time will be over also.
The two sociologist below want to change the minds of corporate CEOs and find a way to agree on cutting back drastically on green house gases and save the planet. This would occur over 30 years of gentle persuasion to bring about a change of mind on the part of corporate CEOs. In the meantime, it will be burn, baby, burn that coal and oil.
[The Planetary Emergency:: Monthly Review- John Bellamy Foster is the editor of Monthly Review and professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. Brett Clark is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Utah.]
These well- intentioned professors want to take a little time to talk it out over for a generation (20 to 35 years) with the forces of a corporate mind set, a mind set of constantly “growing the global economy forever”, even though they are dealing with finite resources and a growing population. The resources aren’t there. The mind of a corporate leader is also limited and narrow. They obviously think that they can always make an economy grow, never mind the reality or the consequences. For them, it’s take all you can.
Here is a note for you. The time for saving our planet with out heavy damage to the land and the people has past. Even now, the one track mind of the corporate CEO is locked on how much paper money he (she) can accrue before they depart a totally wrecked Earth. The two professors goal of changing the attitudes of CEOs in a short time and becoming model citizens of our planet is beyond the odds. (PHOTO: Digging for more dirty oil to support a few billion more vehicles for the planet.)
The professors goal of changing hearts and minds of CEOs and politicians, even in 35 years, will go nowhere. We will, by then, be deep in the grand finale that no one wanted but did nothing. No one said, let us reason together and save the planet. It takes both sides to take action, not learning how to get along with each other, since Rome is already burning on the outskirts. The article below by the professors wants all parties to know each other and eventually, they hope that the CEOs of the world will see the light.
From the article:
“Science today tells us that we have (did have-my words) a generation at most in which to carry out a radical transformation in our economic relations, and our relations with the earth, if we want to avoid a major tipping point or ‘point of no return,’ after which vast changes in the earth’s climate will likely be beyond our ability to prevent and will be irreversible. 4″
It’s now on the horizon. This is the deep threat, the end game. From pages 2 to 4.
Guy McPherson, professor emeritus of evolutionary biology, natural resources, and ecology at the University of Arizona and a climate change expert of 25 years… said:
“We’ve never been on a planet with no Arctic ice, and we will hit the average of 400 ppm…within the next couple of years, At that time, we’ll also see the loss of Arctic ice in the summers… This planet has not experienced an ice-free Arctic for at least the last three million years.”( In 2012, a large part of Arctic ice had melted.)
With the ice gone from the Arctic waters and “…minus the reflective ice cover on Arctic waters, solar radiation would be absorbed, not reflected, by the Arctic Ocean. That would heat those waters, and hence the planet, further, This effect has the potential to change global weather patterns, vary the flow of winds. and even someday possibly alter the position of the jet stream.”
(Remember those recent heavy snow falls and cold temperatures dropping down because of an increase in warmer temperatures allowing it. More wild weather is on the agenda as the Earth’s temperature keeps climbing.)
“Professor Peter Wadhams, a leading Arctic expert at Cambridge University, has been measuring Arctic ice for 40 years, and his findings underscore McPherson’s fears.” He said “The fall-off in ice volume is so fast it is going to bring us to zero very quickly.”
Wadhams is even giving us a guarantee that it will happen “with 95% confidence”. He says “that the Arctic will have completely ice-free summers by 2018.” [(U.S. Navy researchers have predicted an ice-free Arctic even earlier –by 2016). ] That is only two years from now.
[British scientist John Nissen, chairman of the Arctic Methane Emergency Group (of which Wadhams is a member), “suggests” that if the summer sea ice loss passes “the point of no return,” and “catastrophic Arctic methane feedbacks” kick in, we’ll be in an “instant planetary emergency.”]
The world is building up and releasing large amounts of methane, a threat to all life on Earth. See link above at (2 to 4) above.
“Ira Leifer, an atmospheric and marine scientist at the University of California Santa Barbara, and one of the authors of the recent Arctic Methane study pointed out ….that ‘the Permian mass extinction that occurred 250 million years ago is related to methane and thought to be the key to what caused the extinction of most species on the planet.” (In the Permian extinction, it is believed that 95% of all species were wiped out.)
Dahr Jamail on Barack Obama, oil and the Keystone XL program, from the interview with reporter Desvarieux on “NASA Climate Predictions Show Serious Threat to Humanity”. See this site.
JAMAIL comments on President Obama and Climate Change:
“I don’t think they even begin to touch the problem. If we just talk specifically about the famous scientist James Hansen, who’s been blowing the whistle about climate change for many, many years now, he’s of course with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and now associated with Columbia University, and he’s the person who said, look, if we continue, if we extract all of the tar sands oil from Canada and burn that and emit that into the atmosphere, we are absolutely at game over with climate change. There’s nothing we’ll be able to do whatsoever to even to begin to mitigate how bad it’s going to be for future generations. (PHOTO: Dirty Canadian oil is polluting the rivers, the Earth and the atmosphere.)
And yet you have Obama even contemplating passing, making allowable the Keystone XL Pipeline, which really, frankly, is going to be very, very surprising if he doesn’t allow it to move forward. Of course, there is already oil flowing out of the tar sands. But he’s basically in a position to either put a big positioning himself to allow it to increase.
And the reality is, if he was serious about climate change, he wouldn’t think twice about it; he would cancel any future expansion of the Keystone XL Pipeline, as well as instituting a full-scale wartime response across the U.S., and as much of the Western world as possible, to start making the dramatic changes necessary to shift over to renewable energy sources and get off fossil fuels immediately. That’s really–many of the scientists I’m talking with , they say that is how far progressed we are, that’s where we’re at, that’s what needs to happen, and compare that to what we’re seeing Obama do today.”
The inhabitants of Earth will pass away. They chose greed and died as fools.
NOTE: “Statistics show there are 600 million vehicles worldwide.”
“Statistics show there may be up to 2.5 billion vehicles.” (By 2050)