One Shot Left

Common Dreams

The latest science suggests that preventing runaway climate change means total decarbonisation.

by George Monbiot (The Guardian UK)

George Bush is behaving like a furious defaulter whose home is about to be repossessed. Smashing the porcelain, ripping the doors off their hinges, he is determined that there will be nothing worth owning by the time the bastards kick him out. His midnight regulations, opening America’s wilderness to logging and mining, trashing pollution controls, tearing up conservation laws, will do almost as much damage in the last 60 days of his presidency as he achieved in the foregoing 3000.

His backers – among them the nastiest pollutocrats in America – are calling in their favours. But this last binge of vandalism is also the Bush presidency reduced to its essentials. Destruction is not an accidental product of its ideology. Destruction is the ideology. Neoconservatism is power expressed by showing that you can reduce any part of the world to rubble.

If it is now too late to prevent runaway climate change, the Bush team must carry much of the blame. His wilful trashing of the Middle Climate – the interlude of benign temperatures which allowed human civilisation to flourish – makes the mass murder he engineered in Iraq only the second of his crimes against humanity. Bush has waged his war on science with the same obtuse determination with which he has waged his war on terror.

Is it too late? To say so is to make it true. To suggest that there is nothing that can now be done is to ensure that nothing is done. But even a resolute optimist like me finds hope ever harder to summon. A new summary of the science published since last year’s Intergovernmental Panel report suggests that – almost a century ahead of schedule – the critical climate processes might have begun…

Read this entire article.

What George Bush is trying to do by changing environmental rules, on his way out the door, must be stopped. 

Will last-gasp “refinements” to the Clean Air Act let power plants locate near national parks next year? Will a new federal rule allow coal-mining debris to be dumped closer to streams? Will factory farms soon get a pass on reporting hazardous chemical releases?

So goes the worry list of environmentalists awaiting what they suspect may be an avalanche of last-minute “midnight rules” by the Bush administration that favor industrial polluters by relaxing or undermining environmental standards.

It is like George W. Bush no longer gives a damn. Not that he ever did…


7 thoughts on “One Shot Left

  1. Obama should tell them now that any money they spend based on these changes is not his responsibility, and to look for the laws to be reversed immediately after he is sworn in. Just about anything Bush can do, Obama can undo. Anything else, Congress can undo, and Obama can sign it.

  2. It would be (will be?) a joyous day to see he and his loathesome cronies taking baby steps in their much-deserved chained ankle “bracelets” 🙂 Regardless, the Universe has a lovely way of making all things right and balanced and just — sooner or later, in this lifetime or the next…

    And I wanna believe that Mother Earth will heal, and right herself as well. If we do, She will.


  3. Dove, that seems like a nicer way of saying what goes around comes around for the human race…

  4. …and it not likely to be pleasant.. for us at least. I suspect the rats will do well out of it, and the insects too.

  5. Isn’t this (Monbiot) the man who tried to arrest Bolton (I think it was) when he was speaking earlier this year?

    Good article. The Ministry of Truth is fully upon us.

  6. What gets me is that we only have about 25 years to get carbon emissions down to pre 1940 levels. After that we have but 20 years to restore atmospheric carbon levels to those of 1960. The alternative is to lose almost every American port city to sea water infusion in 70 years.
    We could always built a sea wall around the entire continent; but, we would have to start on that post haste.

  7. Dovelove,

    welcome and well said.

    I hope you continue to post here – we are – – – connected.


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