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The War of the Worlds

Will the world's elite stop seeing two planets?

When the “summit to save the world” wraps up this week in Copenhagen, 41,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent will have been emitted into the atmosphere – roughly the same output as a moderately sized city. The pollutants are streaming from the tailpipes of limousines (hundreds of which had to be driven into the country from Germany and Sweden to meet the demand), and from the engines of the private jets ferrying in VIPs. So many jets are coming into Copenhagen that the city’s airport is unable to accommodate them, forcing pilots to drop off passengers in Denmark and then fly to Sweden to “park.” Every luxury hotel in the city is booked and offering its high profile guests such sustainable fare as scallops, foie gras and the finest caviar. It’s hardly an example in curbing excess …

Copenhagen is functioning as a perfect microcosm: For every dogged activist, subsisting on tofu and living off the grid, there are untold numbers who somehow consider themselves outside or above the problem; people who are unable to see the irony in jetting across the world to discuss the issue of carbon emissions. Until the world’s elite stop seeing two planets – the one that needs saving and the one on which they live – 41,000 tons of pollution is the only thing this kind of summit will produce.

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Bacchus

The author of the Gaia Hypothesis now informs us that we have extended the human population past any reasonable expectation that the earth's resources can sustain a European lifestyle for all. Lovelock, the man who studied the characteristics of living systems for NASA, tells us that the current interglacial period will end, no matter the consequence of COP15 or any other human conclave. According to Dr. Lovelock, we have 2 choices, retreat gracefully back to an eath systems sustainable population of 1-2 billion persons and utilize the best technologies to ensure the survival of humanity, or party onward into an otherwise catastrophic but avoidable circumstance.

Our "leadership" is dancing with those who revere artifice and want to ignore the well being of the majority in order to extend and facilitate the selfish comfort and privilege of the wealthy. The demonstrations in Copenhagen are, in my opinion, a direct result of the perception that there is a 2 tiered approach to governance. If you are part of the majority, who live within the lower 90% of the socio-economic strata and who are more closely to the natural world, there is little reason to perceive that international governments are attempting to act in your best interest. There is a plethora of argument supporting the likelihood that the financial and technological advantage of the elite class of any country will continue to enjoy the priority and insulation from such concerns as indicated by climatologists and the environmentally aware.

The international underwriting of the magical profits from derivative financial instruments currently ties up more public assets than anything but war and weapons trading; it is being written off as a cost of business as usual. The billions recommended to address the effects of greenhouse gas emissions pale in comparison to the trillions we have been required to waste on the greed of wealthy bankers. It is no wonder people who are concerned about the health of the planet are losing faith in the 'leadership' at the helm.

The emperor's new clothes are barren.

Bacchus

The author of the Gaia Hypothesis now informs us that we have extended the human population past any reasonable expectation that the earth's resources can sustain a European lifestyle for all. Lovelock, the man who studied the characteristics of living systems for NASA, tells us that the current interglacial period will end, no matter the consequence of COP15 or any other human conclave. According to Dr. Lovelock, we have 2 choices, retreat gracefully back to an eath systems sustainable population of 1-2 billion persons and utilize the best technologies to ensure the survival of humanity, or party onward into an otherwise catastrophic but avoidable circumstance.

Our "leadership" is dancing with those who revere artifice and want to ignore the well being of the majority in order to extend and facilitate the selfish comfort and privilege of the wealthy. The demonstrations in Copenhagen are, in my opinion, a direct result of the perception that there is a 2 tiered approach to governance. If you are part of the majority, who live within the lower 90% of the socio-economic strata and who are more closely to the natural world, there is little reason to perceive that international governments are attempting to act in your best interest. There is a plethora of argument supporting the likelihood that the financial and technological advantage of the elite class of any country will continue to enjoy the priority and insulation from such concerns as indicated by climatologists and the environmentally aware.

The international underwriting of the magical profits from derivative financial instruments currently ties up more public assets than anything but war and weapons trading; it is being written off as a cost of business as usual. The billions recommended to address the effects of greenhouse gas emissions pale in comparison to the trillions we have been required to waste on the greed of wealthy bankers. It is no wonder people who are concerned about the health of the planet are losing faith in the 'leadership' at the helm.

The emperor's new clothes are barren.

McLarry

It'll be interesting to see how the children of all these people; big business, corrupt politicians, right-wing conservative talk show hosts, will view their parents when they're all dying of cancer and can't buy a fresh banana or anything for that matter due to all the polutants pumped into the ecosphere so that a very small few a generation or two earlier could live in a big house and eat at restaurants isolated from the rest of us?

"Yeah, my grandfather was the CEO of Exon Mobile and when he died he was worth half a billion dollars. He left me a big chunk of that money which I now use towards medical bills to stave off death from skin and lung cancer me and my family now suffer from. Unfortunately, the medication is almost gone and they can't produce any more due to the plant that makes up a crucial ingredient in the cancer cocktail is now extinct from all the slash and burning that went on in the '90's and early 2000's down in the rain forrests to make way for cattle to feed Burger King customers."

Now that's family values at it's finest.

McLarry

It'll be interesting to see how the children of all these people; big business, corrupt politicians, right-wing conservative talk show hosts, will view their parents when they're all dying of cancer and can't buy a fresh banana or anything for that matter due to all the polutants pumped into the ecosphere so that a very small few a generation or two earlier could live in a big house and eat at restaurants isolated from the rest of us?

"Yeah, my grandfather was the CEO of Exon Mobile and when he died he was worth half a billion dollars. He left me a big chunk of that money which I now use towards medical bills to stave off death from skin and lung cancer me and my family now suffer from. Unfortunately, the medication is almost gone and they can't produce any more due to the plant that makes up a crucial ingredient in the cancer cocktail is now extinct from all the slash and burning that went on in the '90's and early 2000's down in the rain forrests to make way for cattle to feed Burger King customers."

Now that's family values at it's finest.

Anonymous

They should have all skyped to actually do something that might help the environment. "Hey guys lets get the gang together to encurage people to stop driving and flying by all going to northern Europe!"
"[fossil fuel-wasting]-Field triiiiiiip!"

Anonymous

They should have all skyped to actually do something that might help the environment. "Hey guys lets get the gang together to encurage people to stop driving and flying by all going to northern Europe!"
"[fossil fuel-wasting]-Field triiiiiiip!"

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