Monday, June 13, 2011

A truly important headline

This one:

Why the Right-Wing's Denial of Science May Screw All of Us

Here's a little excerpt (not that any of this is new to you):

The other day [Rick Santorum] told Rush Limbaugh "the idea that man… is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd." He went on to call it a left-wing conspiracy, "just an excuse for more government control of your life… I’ve never been for any scheme or even accepted the junk science behind the whole narrative."

And this man is running for president.

And here's one of the comments:

Ultimately the failure is in our inability to understand that fixing one thing does not fix all things. The science of Ecology is about understanding relationships and inter-dependencies. However, when it is filtered through our two dimensional lense of "find a problem and solve it" we deny the very existence of inter-dependence. Capitalism is the worst system in this regard since it is built on opportunism and short-term goal achievement. So we clean the rivers but leave the coal fired plants alone. Then we clean (a little bit) the coal plants but leave the dependency on automobiles alone. We "solve" the ozone layer hole but fail to appreciate the way the whole global greenhouse is causing global ice failure. Since we cannot change our paradigm, we ultimately fail as a species. Welcome to the last great extinction on earth - our own. Game over.

It's enough to make a person really depressed. (To put it mildly.)


  1. Anonymous2:19 PM

    I appreciate your sentiment Ellie; it is depressing. On the other hand, when we "blow it" completely, it will all be over and I'm not so sure that's such a bad thing.

    annie c

  2. I'm not sure who produced it, but I watched a show on TV that purported to demonstrate what would happen if all the people on earth were to suddenly vanish. Little by little the ecosystem would replenish itself and many of the bad effects of man's existence would be erased. I'm not saying that I want man to become extinct, but there is an upside should it happen...

  3. Ellie - Yes this is depressing. Actually, I'm afraid of what's really happening across our country and around the world. For anyone to claim that we don't have problems with global warming, continued pollution, and food genetics is not with the program of human survival.


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