O nly two things to do:
1. zero out carbon emissions
2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions may continue.

What we can’t do: continue using electricity; continue “producing” anything. All systems are entangled.

“We” also can’t do anything about anyone else’s use of electricity. Globally, we are not going to be able to make any difference. If there is no “will” here, you can look around and see no “will” anywhere else that matters. What’s China’s “will” on emissions?

How to get there?
No idea.
Remove impediments? This means removing every member of any US governing body who continues to develop or support energy companies. Really it means not having governing bodies if this is all they can do.

How do we force change?
No idea.
It will be forced upon us by the simple fact of the rapid warming and the cascading effects of systems tied to global temperature.

We have absolutely done this and done this for the most part within the last 30 years. Seriously. When it was clear this would happen and announced it would happen, THAT was when the world did exactly the opposite of what it should have done–produced more emissions by using more electricity, burning more fossil fuels, “developing” more land, ie, destroying habitat in the service of a “built environment” of concrete and steel. Even if we are all culpable by our participation, I still believe we can and must identify and prosecute those who are the REAL villains. Any energy company executive; any owners of energy companies; any institution supporting energy companies. These are GLOBAL corporations but the US can prosecute those headquartered in its territory.

It’s the “merchants of doubt” – it’s the politics of denial that IS to blame for the political inaction; not just the politics, the propaganda of denial. How do we get serious about this if we don’t acknowledge these responsibilities? In the midst of a totalizing environment like capitalist consumerism how can we expect anyone to act apart on a scale that makes any difference?

Be sure, we can’t erase what we’ve already done, and THAT will already devastate much of the human systems of living on the planet. That will be the new “totalizing environment” of the very near future and it will not take sides or argue with you about the morality of starvation or dehydration or suffocation or disease.

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Douglas Storm is a host and producer for Interchange on Bloomington, Indiana's community radio station WFHB. "Why then do you try to 'enlarge' your mind? Subtilize it..."

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  1. Doug Harvey May 29, 2019 at 5:15 pm #

    The parallel between the global situation and the disease of addiction is striking. To see how far we’ve gone down this Bad Road is similar to realizing, for example, upon sobering up at, say, age 35, one realizes that half of one’s life is gone, and little has changed or been learned since adolescence and now it’s too late to get those years back. But one must start where one is, and this is where we are and it’s going to be awhile yet before “we” actually “start.”

    • Douglas Storm May 29, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

      I do wonder at the “capture” of fragile “agents.” Free will is fairly laughable in the face of constant social and economic pressures. The truest issue that came to the fore in the Jamail show was simply that none of us beholden to income and debt can do a damn thing about any of it.

      As for 35…

      Midway along the journey of our life
      I woke to find myself in a dark wood,
      for I had wandered off from the straight path.

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