October 31, 2011

Stop Thinking Like Dinosaurs

Film frames from the 2009 documentary 

Excerpt from an interview with Michael C. Ruppert in the movie Collapse, 2009:

"Let's suppose for the sake of discussion that there's 600 billion barrels in the Arctic. First of all, it happens to be under the polar ice cap. That's a problem. ... That's why a lot of conservative think tanks and oil companies are cheering the melting of the polar ice caps."

On October 23, 2011, Joel E. Cohen wrote in an Op-Ed titled Seven Billion for the New York Times:

"One week from today, the United Nations estimates, the world's population will reach seven billion. Because censuses are infrequent and incomplete, no one knows the precise date - the Census Bureau puts it somewhere next March - but there can be no doubt that humanity is approaching a milestone.

The first billion people accumulated over a leisurely interval, from the origins of humans hundreds of thousands of years ago to the early 1800s. Adding the second took another 120 or so years. Then, in the last 50 years, humanity more than doubled, surging from three billion in 1959 to four billion in 1974, five billion in 1987 and six billion in 1998. This rate of population increase has no historical precedent.

Can the earth support seven billion now, and the three billion people who are expected to be added by the end of this century? Are the enormous increases in households, cities, material consumption and waste compatible with dignity, health, environmental quality and freedom from poverty?"

On October 31, 2011, Seth Borenstein wrote in an Associated Press article titled Skeptic finds he now agrees global warming is real:

"A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.

The study of the world's surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. ..."

"One-quarter of the $600,000 to do the research came from the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of skeptic groups and the tea party. The Koch brothers, Charles and David, run a large privately held company involved in oil and other industries, producing sizable greenhouse gas emissions."

Hmm, what gives with this sanctioned carrot from the Koch Foundation? Are our industrialists and politicians setting the stage to 1) finally confirm to the citizens of the world that things might possibly be really, really, really FUBAR and 2) sell us on their magic cure-all to the planet's energy supply issues and environmental nightmares?

To quote Michael C. Ruppert - "this is some serious fucking shit."

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