We’ve Already Reached the Tipping Point on Global Warming

“The world I want is a world that does not subjugate, does not separate, does not monger fear and inadequacy in order to control.  The world I dream of has clean air, clean water, does not poison its people.  Instead it educates them, gives them room and space to dream.  It respects the plants and animals that share our planet, does not see them as resources to be exploited but as sacred things to be exalted and protected.”

This post inspired by the Medium article: We’ve Already Reached the Tipping Point on Global Warming. I’ve Seen It.  I have included no photos here as the linked article has enough of its own.  Read it if you want pictures.

Now, I dislike promoting anything to do with TED Talks, which have morphed into something akin to meaningless, through overuse and manipulation, but I wanted to use the above quote from this article on Medium since it resonates somehow with my own views, so I have let my dislikes slide this time and for this purpose.

The article starts off well, with the title “We’ve Already Reached the Tipping Point on Global Warming”, but then attempts to stir and warm our hearts by comparing us to icebergs and gee-ing us up to do something.  A noble gesture, but somehow crazy.  Yet worth the read.

If the climate tipping point has been reached, and I have no doubt that it has, then attempting to turn that situation around with platitudes, singing choruses of ‘Kumbaya’ while holding hands in a circle, promoting global climate talk-fests or pretty much anything else to “right this ship and chart a better course” in “service of this planet”, god, humanity, or any other lost cause, is really oxymoronic, pointless, and equivalent to trying to stop a rolling iceberg (see the video).

Face the facts people.  If any of us (or our descendants) are to live through the next several years, decades or centuries, then most of us have to die first.  And soon.  And those that remain (if there are any), need to remember why.  They will also need to learn or relearn how to live in very different circumstances to how we have lived.

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What’s All The Fuss About Another New Little Coal Mine?

This post inspired by: Adani Carmichael: Australia’s largest coal mine free to proceed after Greg Hunt gives approval

Photo:  Environment Minister Greg Hunt, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, announced on Thursday the mine would proceed. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Well of course they did that.  They have an industrial economy to preserve don’t they?  Bugger the environment.  Bugger the consequences.  They did what’s best for jobs.  They did what’s best for our way of life.  They did what’s best for a struggling economy to keep staggering along for a few more months or years.

Isn’t that what we all want, deep down?  No?  Then why aren’t you all out on the streets raising hell about it?

Me?  I used to be like all these people getting steamed up about government ineptitude and corporate complicity.  I attended a few climate rallies.  Wrote letters to government ministers.  Signed petitions.  Contributed to action funds.  What good did it do?

Now?  I couldn’t give a fuck.  I’m just waiting for the whole shaky edifice to come tumbling down around our ears.  I don’t think I will need to wait for much longer.

Another year or so.  Maybe not even that long.

Climate Activists Have No Idea

This post inspired by: A move away from new coal mines adds up

I was going to include the photo from the above article (It’s always nice to have a picture to look at), but I couldn’t in all conscience do that.  Have a look at it and then read on to find out why.  I’ve added a little colour to compensate.

Coal’s days are numbered and the sooner we face up to that the better.” says Ross Gittins, The Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor.

I remember saying something similar myself, at least once not so long ago.

There is absolutely no reason not to stop expanding the coal industry right now.

The effect that would have on jobs‘ is not a valid reason.  Jobs are only a temporary and recent phenomena (and need to go also).

The effect that would have on our economy‘ is not a valid reason.  Our economy is only a temporary and recent phenomena (and needs to go also).

We wouldn’t be able to generate electricity‘ is not a valid reason.  True, but still invalid.  Electricity is only a temporary and recent phenomena (and needs to go also; what? please no, not electricity; sorry, but yes).

All those folks chanting about ‘climate action’ and ‘renewables’, are doing so without the slightest idea of what they are asking for.  Unless we just keep on doing exactly what we are doing now (working our butts off, mining like there is no end to it, living it up with our modern lifestyle), for as long as we can that is (and I am not advocating that as a valid course of action, quite the contrary), then few, if any, of those things that we enjoy today will be available to us in the future that ensues.  If my meaning appears a little obscure, try reading the previous sentence without the bits in parentheses, just the coloured parts.

Very few people, I think, actually get that.  Well, we’d better all start thinking about it …and forget the starry eyes and rose coloured glasses of those who think that by human endeavour and ingenuity, technology, and if we continue to believe that if we reach for the stars, we will somehow get there.  Those people are living in dreamworld.

We just cannot expect to achieve the conditions that would be necessary to at allow some sort of chance to obtain a reasonable climate for the foreseeable future and, at the same time, maintain the sort of lifestyles that we expect, and probably could no longer live without, today.

So.  Not only should we cease contemplating the expansion of coal, we should stop digging it up anywhere, at all, for any reason.  At least until there are just few enough of us left, that whether we chop down a few trees for building and firewood, or dig up a bit of easily obtainable coal here and there, or even stumble across a few pools of oil somewhere, it is not going to make a difference at all to the climate.  ‘Few enough‘ being the operating phrase there …and therein lies the root of our real problem, soon (well, maybe over a few generations) to be solved.

Oh, did you find why I didn’t include the picture?   It’s promoting that good old ‘renewables’ myth again 🙂