Monday, December 24, 2012

Thank you, AlterNet...

(Nick Buxton & Ben Hayes) for this amazing, and yet not surprising, piece on how defense and security companies are planning to cash in on climate change and environmental collapse.  Astounding and disturbing, to say the least.

And I quote:

"Confronted with one of the greatest challenges our planet and its peoples have faced, our political leaders have clearly failed us. In stark contrast to the radical coordinated action to bail out banks and prop-up the financial system, governments have instead chosen to step aside, giving a free hand to the markets and the fossil fuel giants, rather than daring a carefully planned conversion of our carbon-based economies. Their choice is not one of inaction, as is often suggested, but one of actively ensuring dangerous climate change. For every coal plant built in China, oil field mined in the Arctic, or shale gas field fracked in the US locks in carbon into the atmosphere for up to 1000 years and means that even radical steps to decarbonise in future years may not be sufficient to prevent runaway global warming."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

And I suggest more of this.