Tuesday, February 25, 2020

What Is This Constancy of Argument That ‘Doing the Right Thing’ Will ‘Put People Out of Work’?

Disclaimer: I try to see both sides of issues, but I’m angry and this article is angry and I apologize for that.

My god, you hear it on every issue:
·       Stopping fracking
·       Shutting down oil wells
·       Plastic single-use bottles
·       Electric cars
·       Mining
·       Agricultural pollution
·       Over-fishing
·       Over-logging, and on and on.

As if it was a choice. As if simply not thinking about how the planet and all its animals are disappearing as we trudge off to the mall is going to solve itself.

Not to put too sharp an edge on it folks, but alreadyright now—if we were to immediately stop fucking up the planet, it’s already too late.

Too late to survive? Probably not, but already way too late to continue to exist on the planet as we have always known it.

Lions and tigers and bears? Gone. Most of the fish in the sea? Gone. Life in Miami, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and most of the great cities throughout the world that are oceanside (think Venice)? Not gone, but unrecognizable and unlivable as we knew them.

That’s now. That’s already a done deal. That cannot be changed. We will have to live with that.

Will the air get cleaner? Yep. Renewables will take care of that, but the oceans rising 6 to 20 feet is no longer controllable.

We argue about migration and are actually ignorant enough to have that conversation. 80 million people alone are going to leave Bangladesh—they’re not going to stand there and drown. Two billion people throughout the world today are going to be displaced.

And we talk. We debate the Paris Accord and call nations together to shake our finger at them for not reaching goals. Goals that were not enough when we set them, twenty years ago.

Fucking politicians tell us they can’t do this, contribute that, or undertake the other because jobs are at stake.

The house is burning and we’re arguing about jobs as it falls to the ground in ashes. What are we going to do when the starving arrive at our doors? Tell them we did it to save their jobs?

We’re so fucking stupid as a race that we look out the window and think it’s nice to have a mild winter. Corporations admire Amazon and cheer Jeff Bezos as the richest man on the planet, while the planet is disappearing under our feet. 

We actually concern ourselves over whether Harvey Weinstein will get long enough in prison, Lamar Jackson will take the Ravens to the Super Bowl next year and Great Britain will be better off after Brexit.

We talk about that shit as though it still mattered.

And it does in many ways.

But good god almighty, we still actually argue about whether the Green New Deal is a good thing or a bad thing--and if that asshole, Donald Trump, is going to actually let us have it.

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