Monday, March 17, 2014
Stephen Harper, the Melting Planet, and the Collapse of the Capitalist System
He has tried to deny the reality of climate change as long as any crazed person could.
Even as he torched the planet, and turned Canada into a hellish place.
But the world is warming, the ice is melting faster than anyone once imagined.
Global sea levels may rise faster than anticipated due to a rapid melting of the north-east corner of the Greenland ice sheet, according to scientists. This was widely considered to be cold and stable.
“The Greenland ice sheet has contributed more than any other ice mass to sea-level rise over the past two decades and has the potential, if completely melted, to raise global sea level by more than seven metres,” said Professor Jeremy Bamber of Bristol University, a co-author of the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
And the only sure thing is that Stephen Harper and his Con regime are leading us to catastrophe.
The Harper government's plan for Environment Canada, the department tasked with coordinating the country's environmental policies and programs, involves millions of dollars in cuts and hundreds of job losses over the next three years.
For him and his hapless Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq are still criminal climate change deniers.
Who would claim that they are doing more to fight the problem when in fact they are doing less.
Minister Aglukkaq also promises that Environment Canada will develop and implement world-class regulations on pollutants, including carbon emissions, as well as "improve industry requirements for prevention, preparation, response and recovery efforts" on hazardous substances.
This will be undertaken despite 42.2 per cent cuts to pollution management and mitigation programs between now and 2016/17.
And Harper is a tool of Big Oil who has done nothing to prepare us for an environmental catastrophe that is bearing down on us like an express train.
But as if that wasn't apocalyptic enough, ask yourself how he plans to deal with this other man made crisis.
A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.
Modelling a range of different scenarios, Motesharri and his colleagues conclude that under conditions "closely reflecting the reality of the world today... we find that collapse is difficult to avoid."
Because what we're really talking about here is the collapse of the capitalist system.
"With a larger depletion rate, the decline of the Commoners occurs faster, while the Elites are still thriving, but eventually the Commoners collapse completely, followed by the Elites."
In both scenarios, Elite wealth monopolies mean that they are buffered from the most "detrimental effects of the environmental collapse until much later than the Commoners", allowing them to "continue 'business as usual' despite the impending catastrophe."
And since Harper and his Cons are part of the problem, but not part of the solution:
The two key solutions are to reduce economic inequality so as to ensure fairer distribution of resources, and to dramatically reduce resource consumption by relying on less intensive renewable resources and reducing population growth.
I suggest he is already preparing to deal with both emergencies in the same way. By slowly strangling our democracy, muzzling scientists, burning books, giving his security forces the power to track our movements, and read our e-mails.
And slowly turning us into a police state...
Because that is where he is taking us. And that's why.
Now imagine if Harperland is a sinister place today, what it might be like when everything starts breaking down.
What would a man like Harper do when faced with a crisis like that?
And then do what we must to make absolutely sure we defeat him and his dangerous regime.
Before it's too late...
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