On 60 Years of Climate Change

I read an interesting article this morning on climate change in the Guardian today, “Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored).” It links to a second article I haven’t read yet but will, “How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous.”

Climate change is a discussion that can be quickly derailed by battling scientists (though 97% of publishing climate scientists concur that human activity is accelerating any natural warming), energy industry misinformation, skeptical politicians, or some activists with over-the-top doomsday scenarios. Nonetheless I’m convinced that some kind of climate doomsday is looming, but have no idea when or how. I believe at some point we’ll hit a tipping point beyond which any number of environmental dominos will start to fall — a cascade of events we won’t be able to reverse. I’ve read estimates suggesting we’re just a few short years away. I don’t know…

What I do know is that a meaningful solution is impossible under capitalism. The 60-year history outlined in the Guardian article makes this clear enough. The changes needed are so monumental, and the economic disruptions will be so profound, there is simply no way this can be accomplished in a system focused on private profit and investors’ quarterly returns. And if they miraculously figure out a way to profit, it will be too late and huge sectors of the working class will be displaced and pauperized.

The international working class needs to take power, each in their own country. Only then will it be possible for the entire planet to work collectively to resolve this problem which threatens every corner of the Earth. This may sound utopian to some, but socialist revolution in the U.S. is possible, and elsewhere too.

All comments are welcome. I only ask that we remain civil and respectful of one another. If you clicked over from Facebook, please comment here rather than back there.

9 thoughts on “On 60 Years of Climate Change

  1. It is the use of oil and other fossil fuels and their products that has caused the problem. They are bad under any type of economic or political system. They hurt everyone.

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    1. I think we’re agreed. I’m not saying that fossil fuels will change their inherent nature under a workers and farmers government versus capitalism. I’m saying that with the necessity of profit removed, society can decide more rationally and scientifically what course of action is needed and then follow through. I presume this would include a massive move away from fossil fuels, but that would have to be decided at the time based on an assessment of all the pertinent factors. Workers would make the decisions and any workers whose immediate livelihoods might be affected would be protected from economic harm.

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  2. Sorry, you are right to see the dramatic importance of the Guardian article, but there is no way on this earth that humans will “work collectively to resolve this problem which threatens every corner of the Earth.” People have been calling for this chimera of “socialist revolution” every hour since the dawn of the 60s, but nothing has happened except the consolidation of power in mega-corporate and -industrial hands, like the disgusting, horrid example of Facebook.

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      1. The link is to talk given in 2007. A decade and a half of horrifying economic inequality in the world/US and the rise of fascism in the world/Us make those rousing words utter lies.
        “A fighting vanguard of the working class has emerged in action in the U.S.—taking the rulers by surprise, as registered in their divisions and heated debates over immigration policy” – bullshit. What “fighting vanguard”? “Fighting” with their F-150s? Optimism must be warranted by facts, not by dreams about to be crushed once again.

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  3. Sounds similar to the Chinese system. Cuba and Vietnam have similar systems. Venezuela tried to implement such a system but so far their attempts have failed to work.

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