To Buy Or Not To Buy ? that is not the question

The fact is that the vast majority of global greenhouse gas emissions come from just a handful of corporations, aided and abetted by the world’s governments. We need to let go of the idea that it’s all of our individual faults, and take on the collective responsibility of holding the true culprits accountable.

The Slow Burning Fuse

juliet-jones-1954-09-19It’s tough being environmentally conscious – you order takeaways that comes in plastic containers; you have a craving to eat meat; you drive your car instead of bicycling to work because it was raining. All reasons to maybe feel guilty.

Yet we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves, rather we should save our scorn for the system that inflicts environmentally damaging things and situations on us. The emphasis on individual action leaves people concerned about everyday activities that they can often barely avoid doing because of the fossil fuel-dependent system we live in.  If we want to function in this society, we have no choice but to participate in that system.

It is understandable why people may feel guilt though.  Scientists and politicians keep warning us that we are the ones causing climate collapse. Check out the New Zealand Government’s abysmal video they released for World Environment Day.  They make…

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13 thoughts on “To Buy Or Not To Buy ? that is not the question

    • chuckle. i called it covert geoengineering. its not hidden. all anyone needs to do to see it is go out side and look up. ‘undeclared geoengineering’?’

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      • Nomad, I agree that the US military is the biggest single contributor to climate change, but when you add all the corporate contributions together it exceeds military input. Likewise I think we need to be careful of terminology. Although the author of the article refers to “climate change,” I think they’re really referring to global warming. And geoengineering is meant to reduce global warming by producing solar dimming. That is a type of climate change but in a different direction. Also I agree (like most of the Constitutional framers) that the US needs to get rid of its standing military.

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        • “when you add all the corporate contributions together it exceeds military input. ”

          Maybe. Id like to see some statistics on that. And the corporate and military domains overlap. The corporations (many of them) are employed by the military. Especially the oil and manufacturing corporations, so what you say maynot be so. Again, Id love to see some stats. Remember this is a massive world spanning entity that is so big it can misplace 21 trillion dollars with a shrug of the shoulders.

          I tend to use global warming and climate change interchangeably. Climate changes inexorably put the specific change that is of concern here is global warming.

          ” And geoengineering is meant to reduce global warming by producing solar dimming. That is a type of climate change but in a different direction. ”

          You really think so? And do you believe geoengineering is actually taking place? With no public consent or disclosure? Is it just like the mass surveillance that has been revealed by Snowden? Are they doing in secret? Literally hiding it in plain sight. Not to many people are willing to acknowledge that geoengineering is going on. They have trained their eyes not to see.

          But be that as it may, I have not one iota of faith in our controllers that they have our, the world’s, best interests at heart. Global warming mitigation might just be a cover story for something more sinister.

          And who knows. This concern for global warming arose coterminous with geoengineering. Is there a causal correlation. If so, which way? Is “geoengineering “, or whatever they are fumigating us with, the cause of the manmade portion of global warming?

          Climate change in a different direction? Under these governing psychopaths? I’m a little sceptical.

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          • I’m inclined to believe the military does the bidding of corporate fossil fuel companies and defense contractors rather than the other way around. And yes I believe geoengineering is already occurring, without our consent, using very dangerous chemicals to try to reduce incoming solar energy. I definitely don’t support it.

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            • they do the bidding of the corporations? regardless, the military is the corporations biggest customer thus fueling whatever impact the corporations have on global warming. without the military demands the corporate impact on the environment would be greatly reduced.

              you believe geoengineering is already occurring? careful. you might be labeled a conspiracy theorist.

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        • some data
          “…Wednesday, Brown University released a report revealing that the Department of Defense is “the world’s largest institutional user of petroleum and correspondingly, the single largest producer of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world.” According to the report, the DOD released approximately 1.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, between 2001 and 2017.

          Burning diesel and jet fuel for troop and weapons transport and usage causes 70% of the emissions, the report said.

          In other words, the same institution that has kept America at war since 2001 is not only killing people, but also the planet. As CNBC pointed out, “The findings showed that if the Pentagon was listed as a country, its emissions would make it the world’s 55th largest contributor of greenhouse gases”—bigger than Portugal or Sweden.”
          https://www.truthdig.com/articles/how-the-pentagons-forever-wars-are-killing-the-planet/

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        • “Here’s the awful truth: even if every person, every automobile, and every factory suddenly emitted zero emissions, the earth would still be headed, head first and at full speed, toward total disaster for one major reason. The military produces enough greenhouse gases, by itself, to place the entire globe, with all its inhabitants large and small, in the most imminent danger of extinction.” — Barry Sanders, The Green Zone

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  1. “We need to let go of the idea that it’s all of our individual faults, and take on the collective responsibility of holding the true culprits accountable.”

    That we do need to do. The primary one is the US military. Reducing it drastically would solve a lot of problems. Not just mitigate climate change.

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  2. There is no accountability whatsoever. And yet, there is much blame to go around. Are we as supposed ‘caretakers’ of this planet doing our part? No! Are we holding our governments accountable for what they put in play that is damaging this planet? No! Are we really trying to do a damn thing to hold the Pentagon aka the U.S. military accountable for the havoc it is wreaking all across this planet? No! We are ALL to blame. We are ALL at fault and there is no use engaging in finger pointing since we refuse to stop driving big ass SUVs. In fact, it has been stated, and I see this for myself, that Americans absolutely refuse to drive compact cars and have instead opted to drive SUVs. We are not even trying and the fact is, the climate change ship has sailed. It is too late to do a damn thing about a damn thing. You have only to look at the fact that shit is out of control as it relates to weather, worldwide. The states are flooded and the situation is getting more dire by the nanosecond. And since ice is melting in Antarctica and Greenland faster than I can blink, that means the ocean levels are rising and weather patterns are going to be more severe. We have passed the point of no return.

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  3. I have a feeling you might be right, Shelby – about the point of no return that is. I’m going to still trying to do all the things you mention in your comment, though – like holding government accountable. I think we can kiss civilization goodbye (good riddance in my view), but there still a potential for preserving the human species in a few select areas. Perhaps Antarctica after the ice melts.

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