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Environmental Ignorance and Global Warming Denial Kill Orders of Magnitude More People Than Terrorists Kill

Posted in Action at 7:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: How the fossil fuel and other dirty energy industries contribute to the deaths of probably millions in lesser-developed nations

If the NSA was truly serious about fighting terrorism, then it would not abuse privileges and expand to fighting drug peddling, tax evasion, etc. If the NSA was serious about saving people’s lives, then it would bother about none of these relatively small problems and start dealing with healthcare-centric cartels, fossil fuel advocacy that distorts and corrupts our press and literature, and perhaps even car accidents.

It is true that there is terrorism in this world (even state terrorism, as demonstrated by the CIA/NSA), but that doesn’t automatically make it the only subject which needs to worry us. Greenpeace, despite an aggressive approach at times [1], does seem to understand where activism matters. The extinction of our species is possible not just because of events outside of Earth (like meteor/asteroid risks that Nature recently covered [2]); it is possible when too many of us fight for food and water amid unprecedented climate which knocks us off equilibrium. In Hong Kong one can see how human greed and nastiness drive some of the planet’s biggest species into extinction [3] and Japan needed to learn from a nuclear disaster (and future cancer epidemic) before waking up. Solar energy is promoted by Japan following yet another nuclear disaster [4], but isn’t it too late? It’s never too late.

“The Philippines is taking much of the toll of global warning denial/ignorance in top polluting nations, which just couldn’t care less about what poor people in the other hemisphere or near the equator.”Noam Chomsky, in his usual nonchalant way, speaks about fracking [5] after indigenous people in Canada, who had immigrated from Asia thousands of years ago, were being crushed for protesting against this attack on their land (by European immigrants) [6].

All that pollution is not without victims. They may be far away, but they do exist. The Philippines is taking much of the toll [7] of global warning denial/ignorance in top polluting nations, which just couldn’t care less about what poor people in the other hemisphere or near the equator. A huge number of deaths gets reported [8] (record-breaking levels, due to unprecedented force of typhoons) and it’s not even the end of it [9] (yet another typhoon is coming). Sandy (the storm affecting eastern parts of the United States) was hardly a wakeup call because the United States continues to be a world leader in denying climate change. Europe is not much better and even if it can acknowledge the problem it is too slow to react to it. Financial considerations drive policy and the cost of some “poor people” dying in a distant nation is not high enough; their plea is hardly a factor to be weight by politicians, let alone billionaire oil tycoons and their billionaire investors (like Bill Gates).

As usual, among those who try to reduce dependence on oil (fossil fuel), there are open-source proponents [10]. This is really a matter that should be treated as a top priority; it’s too bad that Western politicians instead try to distract us with mundane and irrelevant problems. Perhaps the fact that they are lobbied and funded by fossil fuel giants plays a role in this.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Seeing Red: Dutch King pelted with tomatoes during visit to Moscow
  2. Risk of massive asteroid strike underestimated

    Meteor in Chelyabinsk impact was twice as heavy as initially thought.

  3. Elephant Ivory Seized in Hong Kong

    In October 2013, Hong Kong officials seized large shipments of elephant tusks from West Africa. The city’s border control found 189 tusks, weighing over 1,600 pounds and with a black market value of more than one million dollars. The seizure came about two months after the last major haul of 1,000 elephant tusks from Nigeria, which also contained rhino horns and leopard skins worth more than $5 million.

  4. Kyocera completes Japan’s largest offshore solar energy plant in Kagoshima

    As if to highlight the recent anti-nuclear sentiments – politicians who will no longer have anything to do with nuclear energy – Japanese tech giants Kyocera opened on Monday what is currently the biggest solar power facility in Japan. The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Plant is 1.27 million square meters of solar panels – 290,000 of them, to be exact – which will be able to generate 70 megawatts of power, able to supply electricity for about 22,000 local households, making it the biggest solar generation plant in Japan.

  5. Chomsky Attacks Rush to “Destroy the Environment as Fast as Possible” with Fracking and Tar Sands

    But indigenous peoples in Canada blocking fossil fuel developments are taking the lead in combatting climate change, he said. Chomsky highlighted indigenous opposition to the Alberta tar sands, the oil deposit that is Canada’s fastest growing source of carbon emissions and is slated for massive expansion despite attracting international criticism and protest.

  6. Anti-Fracking Activists Blockade the West Side Highway in NYC to Protest Spectra Pipeline

    The action commenced at Gansevoort Pier, where activists staged a lock-down against Spectra last year, and marched to the West Side Highway. The fracktivists then deployed a yellow and purple banner stating “Radioactive Gas Shut Down This Highway,” and blocked traffic

  7. Typhoon Haiyan: at least 10,000 reported dead in Philippine province

    Estimated death toll soars as path of destruction leaves many parts of Philippines inaccessible to government and aid officials

  8. Typhoon Haiyan: ‘Every single building. Every single house. Destroyed’ – Governments pledge millions, but the ruined city of Tacloban still waits
  9. New storm to pass same route of Yolanda?

    A senior meteorologist based in the United States said another tropical disturbance is threatening the country, especially the areas already devastated by the havoc of super typhoon Yolanda.

    “A tropical disturbance spinning north of Papua New Guinea is expected to track through the Philippines in a very similar fashion to Haiyan (Yolanda) at midweek,” Accuweather.com’s Kristina Pydynowski said.

  10. Hyperloop Project Revs Up

    Musk did not feel he had the time to develop his idea further, so he made his plans open source, inviting others to work on their execution.

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2 Comments

  1. salparadise said,

    November 13, 2013 at 3:18 am

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    Climate change is constant, it’s driven principally by solar output.
    Human activity driven global warming is a scam designed to remove power from democratically elected bodies and place power in the hands of a self appointed, specially enlightened few.

    Please give some time to considering the weatheraction site and various others, trying to get sense back into the climate debate.

    Theories are meaningless unless they can be proven and the CO2 increase = temperature increase theory has been disproven. CO2 has increased, year on year, temperatures have not – therefore the theory is busted. A new theory is required. It’s only the terminally stupid and those on the pay roll that still insist that ‘CO2 is the culprit’.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Where was it disproven? And what about the greenhouse effect, ozone layer, etc.? The consensus among people who study this is that the world is getting hotter and historical data supports them, so what you say is patently false.

    You say that “Human activity driven global warming is a scam designed to remove power from democratically-elected bodies,” but for all I know we hardy have democratically-elected bodies, we mostly have corporations-elected bodies, especially in the United States (election campaigns are funded by corporations). That’s why a lot of climate change ‘scepticism’ comes from there; energy cuts don’t serve the interests of large corporations. This ‘scepticism’ is only to be expected when policy is written for corporations rather than the interests of people.

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