The rapid and terrifying acceleration of global warming, which is disfiguring the ecosystem at a swifter pace than even the gloomiest scientific studies predicted a few years ago, has been confronted by the power elite with equal parts of self-delusion. There are those, many of whom hold elected office, who dismiss the science and empirical evidence as false. There are others who accept the science surrounding global warming but insist that the human species can adapt. Our only salvation—the rapid dismantling of the fossil fuel industry—is ignored by both groups. And we will be led, unless we build popular resistance movements and carry out sustained acts of civil disobedience, toward collective self-annihilation by dimwitted Pied Pipers and fools.
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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.
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Bill McKibben: Devastating Extreme Weather is Linked to Human Caused-Climate Change (Democracy Now!)
mediagrrl9 on May 26, 2011
“We are making the world a more violent and dynamic place … that is what global warming is about,” says environmentalist Bill McKibben on Democracy Now! May 26. So far, 2011 has already become the deadliest year for tornado outbreaks in the United States since 1953 with more than 500 people killed. While audiences are seeing the warning “severe weather” increasingly flash across TV screens, little connection has been made to the role humans have played in driving climate change. McKibben is the founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org and has a new article out called, “A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!” He is also the author of many books including, “Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.”