It’s actually hard to believe how little most Americans seem to care about the rapidly approaching end of a habitable planet. The scientists keep publishing ever more dire predictions, irreversibly deadly things are happening more quickly than the most alarming reports concluded even a few years ago, we can feel the results in our own skins week after week, but — eh.
The Democratic party decided a month or two ago that it wasn’t necessary to hold a debate on how we’re going to slow climate catastrophe. The number one issue is not catastrophic climate change, yes, there was another deadly climate event the other day, sure, and we all know it’s getting hotter and hotter, but voters, polls show, are more concerned with the racist rhetoric of our unhinged attention-craving president. The leaders of the Democratic party decided, no doubt based on extensive polling, that talking about steps to avert climate disaster is not a winning strategy for 2020.
The month that just passed, June 2019, was the hottest June on record. This month is on course to become the hottest month ever recorded. You know, if you live in an air-conditioned home, have good AC in your car, everywhere you go is cooled to a beautiful temperature, all the humidity removed, the hottest month on record is not as big a problem for you as for many millions of old people, tiny children, people with asthma and worse, living in quarters without even fans, or outside.
Global warming, largely the result of the carbon released from the continual burning of millions of tons of fossil fuel, is a big part of the crisis, the thing that’s driving it. When the planet gets hotter the polar ice melts, sea levels rise, the warmer ocean means more severe, wetter, slow-moving, storms, more flooding. The increased heat also means drought, wild fire, water shortages. Coastal homes will be under water soon. Several island nations in the south Pacific will soon be under the ocean. Every day more and more species of animals and plants become extinct. Mother nature is very, very pissed.
You add up all the reasons to care about the biosphere, there are too many to count. We are part of nature, our hubris aside, we are creatures living in nature. We are homo sapiens the “wise ape” and some very well-paid geniuses are now figuring out how to “terraform” Mars — you know, some of us will want to survive when this shit-hole earth is completely used up, everything of value extracted from it, only a toxic hell-hole left.
You tally up the reasons to continue destroying our planet: there’s gold in them thar hills!
What the fuck? Is it really as simple as “Manifest Destiny” (we have to kill all the indigenous savages who refuse to get out of the way because God said so)? Seriously, what the fuck?
As near as I can figure, insanely wealthy old white men (I’m sure there are blacks, Asians and other “others” involved, but not nearly as many as old white psychopath bastards), profiting massively from the destructive fossil fuel industry, have decided that since they’re going to die soon anyway, fuck it, let’s rape the shit out of this place before we go. Who cares? We’ll be dead, and all of our efforts will not have been in vain if we can take everybody else with us.
When these fossilized vampires reckon the price, the deaths of a million, ten million, a billion takers is a small item on the ledger. Who cares? What have these parasites ever produced, except for more parasites? More than this earth can support. It’s not as though love, care for others, stewardship of our natural world, our grandchildren’s future, is even remotely as compelling as the profit motive.
It’s profits that make the world go ’round, exploiting the natural world for our advantage is our right as job creators. How dare the weak, the useless, make any demands on us, try to use “democracy” to coerce us to curtail our liberty for the sake of some imagined future?! Fuck them and their “future”. Makers vs. Takers, motherfuckers.
God bless the child that’s got his own, that’s got his own.