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  •  Selfish/Patriotic Environmentalism (1+ / 0-)
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    The Earth, the biosphere, even local ecosystems are far more robust against climate change than humans and our civilizations are.  

    Civilizations are quite fragile: Jared Diamond has written a book about so many civilizations collapsing due to 'degrading their environment'.  But 'degraded environment' is a loaded term- what it really means is changing the environment so the civilization can no longer sustain itself.  Note that almost all cases when civilizations collapsed due to environmental degradation - the people didn't die out (typically their numbers dropped or they just pulled up stakes and moved)... but the people became far less powerful.  

    The big [selfish] danger of climate change to us Americans, is not that all life on Earth will die (there's virtually zero chance of that), not even all humans will die (there's very little chance of that) - it is the United States of America will not survive it (that's likely, in fact!).  After America falls, the people remaining will be weakened and less able to defend against being controlled by others (remember the Native Americans?).  

    IOW: the danger is not the end of Americans rather the servitude of Americans to the emerging world powers.

    We need to publicize the reality that enlightened selfishness & patriotism dictates we fight climate change.  If we're willing to let our economy - and young men - suffer to defend the nation against other nations then we must be willing to sacrifice a little to defend America from environmental disaster - which can wreak more havoc upon us than anything foreign power.  

    OTOH: if we're not willing to defend ourselves against this HUGE threat then let's stop worrying about the little threats and defund the military, NSA & DHS... Maybe Americans are a selfless lot and want geopolitical power to shift - we've had our 5 decades of fame.  Time for someone else to shine - maybe Canada!

    -- illegitimi non carborundum

    by BadBoyScientist on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 01:55:06 PM PDT

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    •  Now there's a thought -- (0+ / 0-)

      Mini-Bush PM Stephen Harper as the Most Powerful Leader on Earth!!

      I like your take. Of course, unfortunately, the chances of such a major reordering of priorities achieving political or even popular resonance, no matter the framing -- at least until things get monumentally worse -- is about equal to Michele Bachmann suddenly becoming sane.

      "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. But we can't have both." - Justice Louis Brandeis

      by flitedocnm on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:27:44 PM PDT

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