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There's no such thing as Optimism

Updated: May 20, 2022

Until recently, every prediction and every warning made made by climatologists has been wrong. Too mild, too fearful, too low and too slow.

Literal.

The Paris Agreement was signed 7 years ago. It was weak at the time, it's positively superannuated now.


Of all the countries which have ratified it (which is nearly all countries), two are on target to reach their promises - Morocco and The Gambia. Promises which might have limited to global heating to below 2 degrees (a claim I find absolutely unbelievable, but whatever), but if implemented today, don't stand a chance. 188 countries are not going to meet their targets.

188 countries are not doing enough to hit their not-enough targets.

This year, people in the richest parts of the world are going to die from starvation. It's been happening for decades in the global south. No-one in power seems to care very much about that. There is no sign from any quarter that when it comes to the rich nations anything is going to change.

The blame will be placed at the feet of the blamer's personal demon - the government, the Russians, the global downturn, the chip shortage, gay marriage, Elon Musk, plastic straws, capitalism itself.


The reality is, that every politician, pundit and publication which has taken money from a fossil fuel company is guilty of conspiracy to commit genocide.


Every shareholder of a fossil fuel company is a financier of, and profiteer from, genocide.


Every person who works for a fossil fuel company in any capacity should be tried for genocide. From the kids in the post-room to the CEOs.

It is staggering that no-one is calling for these trials.


Optimism in direct opposition to the facts is a form of insanity.

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Rory

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Guest
Aug 07, 2022

I agree. I drive a Nissan Leaf and am hoping to charge it entirely using solar one day. We were warned by my thoughtful insightful English and General Studies teacher in the 1970s that climate change would lead to precisely what is happening today. Oil

company employees I have met are selfish and form their opinions based on their salaries.

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Guest
Aug 06, 2022

Would you have executed David Bellamy, then?

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Ben Green
Ben Green
Aug 12, 2022
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The passage of time, and the changing of society was not kind to David Bellamy. He inspired a generation of young botanists to open their eyes and marvel at the world around them. Sadly, he was never able to raise his own gaze beyond that which he saw directly before him. He was wrong on climate change. As far as I know, he never sat in an office, earning billions for shareholders and millions for himself by lying, defrauding, poisoning, suffocating and murdering. You are always allowed to be wrong (especially when other, powerful people lie convincingly), you are not allowed to be a genocidal psychopath.

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