Friday, November 6, 2015


An article in the New Internationalist (hat tip to memengineering) ends by saying "Paris is going to be an emotional rollercoaster". To my mind, things are already moving so fast that is hard to present analysis, as opposed to reaction. I am heartened by the fact that elites and mainstream media seem to see Paris as an Event, (following Badiou) with both real and symbolic import. As someone often discouraged by the apathy of a general populous buried in "ideological rubble", I can take heart that our upcoming local climate actions will have added resonance due to this conjuncture with Paris COP 21. As for elites and media, the NY Times is reporting that Obama is poised to reject Keystone XL. Of course economic factors are primarily responsible, and the fact that a good jobs report takes union heat off Obama, but still, activists can celebrate a victory and deserve to. Few, including me, believed we would see this day. I hope the "peak oil" crowd re-thinks their strategy going forward! Leave it in the Ground is a revolutionary meme, it means leave those assets stranded, something you never hear. There is also news that an investigation underway of Exxon/Mobile execs for "climate crimes", knowing (as did tobacco execs) that their product was harmful but hiding evidence and denying the facts. And I see where Michael Bloomberg (ex-mayor of NYC) is doing a public media shaming campaign of state Attorneys general who are attempting to block the Clean Power Plan. So a lot of nervous elites going into Paris and a struggle at the top over fears of climate change affecting the global economy. There will be plenty of reactionary spin in response but if climate stays in the headlines, it's all good.


  1. Let's celebrate! Whatever President's Obama's reason for rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline is we still can celebrate.

  2. Okay, Paris done now. Even Justin Gillis, the climate warrior non pareil says it is "not the agreement the planet needs." Jim Hansen, guru of the apocalypse says it is a "fraud". So surely I can be forgiven for thinking it will have little or no effect on anything other than some technocrats' careers, and maybe, just maybe, a little money shaken loose to do some useful technological research.

    So...are you shuddering with fear at the prospect of planetary mayhem in your golden years? Gillis, of all people, is pushing that out further: maybe there will be hell to pay in, oh, a century or so. How long can you cry wolf, after all?

    I continue to watch the data, and I still see nothing alarming in the near-term: maybe not ever. The next fifteen years of observations should be pretty darn interesting: will you be watching the graphs or reading the usual folks you always agree with?

    On the political front, these days I find myself being scared in a way I've never felt before. I drift evermore Chomsky-ward...