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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey must be shorting his own company. Instead of running his business, he's once again running his mouth off and alienating customers. Mackey, a self identified libertarian and the chief climate scientist of Dumbfuckistan, told Mother Jones that climate change isn't "necessarily bad." It's time to shop elsewhere (The Whole Foods board might want to start shopping for a new CEO as well).

Here's what mister science had to say on the matter:

"We've been in a gradual warming trend since the ending of the "Little Ice Age" in about 1870, and climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad. In general, most of humanity tends to flourish more when global temperatures are in a warming trend and I believe we will be able to successfully adapt to gradually rising temperatures. What I am opposed to is trying to stop virtually all economic progress because of the fear of climate change. I would hate to see billions of people condemned to remain in poverty because of climate-change fears."
Those of us in the reality based community see things differently. Climate change is an express change to extinction, is already causing extremely weather (storms, draughts), and will irreversibly change how and where much of the world's population lives. The infrastructure cost to harden U.S. cities alone is massive. Not necessarily bad? How about Mackey being not necessarily well informed. We can help change that.

If you're a Whole Food customer you may send the company some feedback on its rogue CEO. The local stores are likely the best targets. If you feel compelled to take more direct action just stop shopping there. We can vote with our dollars. Maybe it would also be worthwhile contacting board members, and some of its vendors, who are not at fault.

Let's extend the benefit of the doubt to Mr. Mackey. He hasn't earned this community's trust -- doing things such as attacking health care reform with histrionic language and astroturfing news sites -- but we can appreciate that big numbers and "sciency" things can be difficult for ideologically driven blowhards to comprehend.

If you not too familiar with the science, this is a very good starting place:
http://www.skepticalscience.com/

(photo credit: sodahead.com)

Originally posted to owl06 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:19 PM PST.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS, DK GreenRoots, Moving Planet, and Meatless Advocates Meetup.

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  •  Hey John - so let me understand this (13+ / 0-)

    piece of logic.

    Because we fear climate change, we then choose not to construct coal powered power plants and ergo our economy comes to a stand still because we have massive blackouts everywhere.

    Seriously, is this what you are trying to argue? That we must never worry about spewing tons of greenhouses in the air because we will revert to the stone ages? Really.

    I always assumed that you have to be reasonably intelligent to lead a large successful corporation but you are proving otherwise.

    Glad that I don't shop at Whole Paycheck.

    It takes time to practice generosity, but being generous is the best use of our time. - Thich Nhat Hanh.

    by Frank In WA on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:33:24 PM PST

  •  It won't be long (9+ / 0-)

    until he claims global warming is caused by the fascist Obamacare.

    Most Republicans are against contraception because you can't get pregnant from anal sex. ---Chelsea Handler

    by hobie1616 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:35:20 PM PST

  •  When you click thru to the Whole Paycheck (13+ / 0-)

    website, and chose Mr. Mackey's "blog" you'll find it's not even written by him, but rather by someone named Kate Lowery.  The headlines on "his" blog entries either tout some book he "co-wrote" or sound like they were written by Ayn Rand's ghost.

    I think until Mr. Mackey has "moved on to spend more time with his family" I'll be going to Trader Joe's and Earth Fare.  

    A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

    by jo fish on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:39:02 PM PST

  •  I think what he is sayiing is true - (6+ / 0-)

    If you look at things in the long term, the earth does go through warming and cooling cycles.  I'm sure we all remember when NYC had 3 miles of glacier on top of it.  That went away, so no problem.  I little bit of warming isn't going to be bad.  We may have to re designate Denver as the Capitol of the United State.  With the exception of parts of Alaska, most everywhere else will be under 200 feet of water, but we can get through that, remember "Waterworld".  Even they had muddy faces after working hard.  

    The CEO of Hole Fudz is absolutely right, in a few million years, the earth will swing back and probably start a new ice age, then he'll say we're complaining about having too many ice cubes.   /SNARK!!

    "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984" -7.63 -5.95

    by dangoch on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:43:34 PM PST

  •  He should just stop... (6+ / 0-)

    ...before even the willfully ignorant customer base starts figuring out that he is only in this for the money, not for their well-being.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:46:36 PM PST

  •  Climate Change Means Hitting EVERYONE'S Noses. (8+ / 0-)

    That's supposed to be the test for libertarians: freedom to swing your fist as long as you don't hit anyone else's nose.

    We by definition all our noses are being struck.

    An honest libertarian of integrity would recognize that government now has a direct regulatory interest in all human activity, since the sum of everything is damaging property and killing people all over the world.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:55:46 PM PST

  •  Maybe this clueless asshole (6+ / 0-)

    should just step down right now.

    As it is, with all the  truly stupid things he's said, he really stands a chance of alienating his customer base forever.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 05:16:24 PM PST

  •  "Ideologically driven" (6+ / 0-)

    or just opportunistic?

  •  This seems like the standard "it's natural" (5+ / 0-)

    argument that climate change deniers tend to trot out when faced with the science.

    They lie about the actual trends and throw their hands up, in effect offering that climate change isn't significantly affected by human impacts and isn't something we can fight, either.  So, live dumb, happy and shop at send more money into his pockets in the forms of:

    1.  Tax rates for the wealthy/corporation owners, instead of being diverted to environmental issues

    2.  More consumer shopping at the rather expensive Whole Foods stores, because you won't be . . . uh, contributing to environmental nonprofits?

    It's about his desire to make more money.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 05:30:05 PM PST

  •  shrewd effective marketing if your objective... (5+ / 0-)

    ... is to totally fuck over your entire company in a very public fashion.
    congrats dude. it's working

    People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think. -George Carlin

    by downtownLALife on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 05:49:33 PM PST

  •  Fresh water is life. (2+ / 0-)
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    The most imminent threat from climate change is the change in fresh water distribution.

    This is the elephant in the room.  Nearly our entire civilization is built around the planet's current water distribution.  We live our lives near fresh water.  Our power plants are built on or near bodies of fresh water.  Our power plants are dependent upon a copious supply of water to create steam to turn turbines to create electricity.  Hydroelectric plants depend on a constant supply of precipitation and run of.

    If the distribution of water changes significantly, not only our drinking water supply will be affected but our ability to create electricity will be in jeopardy.

    This is the argument that needs to be made.  There are already significant changes happening to our planet's water distribution.

    Mountain snow pack has been decreasing and drought has become almost a norm.

    Predicting the effects of global warming is almost impossible because we don't have any significant historical data with which to make an educated prediction.

    But even I can predict what will happen if global warming causes significant and lasting changes to precipitation patterns and the fresh water supply.

    •  this comment (2+ / 0-)
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      is very, very resonant with me.

      i do have a bias, having spent a bit of time in water resources, but our inattention to maintaining water quality, in combination with these all-but-certain water quantity and distribution challengs (which, let's make no mistake, are clearly out of our control) bode ill.

      my pet go-to indictment of the perversity of our economic system may be summed up by the likes of nestle et al who have the temerity to grab water and make us pay two bucks for a (plastic, natch) bottle of the stuff

      "i hear you're mad about brubeck ... i like your eyes. i like him too." -donald fagen

      by homo neurotic on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 06:45:23 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  irresponsibly stupid (4+ / 0-)

    what a ham-fisted mangling of what seems a pretty thin grasp on climate science to begin with.

    every bit as stupid as ghw bush having offered up how the caribou love the alaska (?) pipeline -- just rub up against it for a good scratch. only this is global scale. and the science is pretty damn clear. and terribly sobering.

    i don't even know where to begin. so much stupid packed into one paragraph.

    We've been in a gradual warming trend since the ending of the "Little Ice Age" in about 1870, and climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad.

    yeah, well, what's not perfectly natural and is necessarily bad -- not to mention being an altogether new kettle of fish -- is unrelenting, unsustainable human activity progressing at a scale and rate such that it impacts the global climate, knocking it out of its long-established dynamic equilibrium.

    I believe we will be able to successfully adapt to gradually rising temperatures.

    bully for you, cupcake. and i believe i deserve a free pony on my birthday. and sez who are temps rising gradually? clearly not even within a 10 foot pole's reach of current findings and projections.

    I would hate to see billions of people condemned to remain in poverty because of climate-change fears.

    yeah, well, i hate seeing billions of people condemned to poverty right the hell now because of our blinkered shit sandwich of a dominant economic paradigm.

    must. shop. elsewhere.

    "i hear you're mad about brubeck ... i like your eyes. i like him too." -donald fagen

    by homo neurotic on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 06:30:54 PM PST

  •  This mad clown has had a series (3+ / 0-)
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    of unfortunate revelations:

    The chief executive of Whole Foods Market Inc. wrote anonymous online attacks against a smaller rival and questioned why anyone would buy its stock, before Whole Foods announced an offer to buy the other company this year.
    The postings on Internet financial forums, made under the name “rahodeb,” said Wild Oats Markets Inc. stock was overpriced. The statements predicted the company would fall into bankruptcy and then be sold after its stock fell below $5 per share.
    In February, Whole Foods announced it would buy Wild Oats for about $565 million, or $18.50 per share.
    The company acknowledged that the postings by “rahodeb” were written by CEO John Mackey.
    dated 7/12/07
  •  since no one asks who is taking their money (0+ / 0-)

    they deserve to discover it's people like this.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 06:50:16 PM PST

  •  So Barney the dinosaur walks into a bar (0+ / 0-)

    Not his usual milk and cookies kind of place, but his friend Rex the reptile hangs out there a lot.  

    Barney is really upset.  "Have you heard about the ice age that is supposed to be coming?  I keep hearing about it and I'm very worried."

    "Dude, chillax.  You know it's got to be bs.  How stupid is that.  I know, I know.  Those snotty pterydactyls...I see ice, I see ice.  Sure.  Think they're so smart, 'I went to flying school, naner, naner.'   All shiny, hovering over their foam covered rapachinos.  Don't pay any attention to them.

    Here...eat a branch.  You'll feel better.  I have heard though that you guys might need to find another forest.  Guess you've chewed through this one."

    Munching, Barney sighs.  "I hope you're right, but I'm going to read up about it some."

    Rex rolls his eyes.  "Wasting your time,  you know those wussy wise guy raptors ...all worked up over nothing.  But do what you want.  

    Hey is it a little chilly in here?"

    Scales over your eyes Mackey?  

  •  Won't shop at whole foods (2+ / 0-)
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    profewalt, Bunbun

    Wegmans is way better.  They treat their workers well and run a nice store.  Their management aren't assholes like right wing nut Mackey.

    Stop shopping there already!

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:37:29 PM PST

  •  How long before he gets fired? (2+ / 0-)
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    radical simplicity, Bunbun

    I doubt if the shareholders are happy about him driving away his customers.

    We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

    by denise b on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:40:20 PM PST

  •  Can't afford the food or the CEO's ignorance. (1+ / 0-)
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    Bunbun

    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

    by the fan man on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 05:36:47 AM PST

  •  Send this yokel back to dumbfuckistan! Boycott now (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Rahodeb needs to be fired before this chain tanks (1+ / 0-)
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    cordgrass

    This man is a total nut job.

  •  Mickeys wild oats posts need to go viral now (0+ / 0-)

    To illustrate just what a sicko nutbagger he really is.

    The whole foods moniker is a corporate pimp job on liberals and people who really care about the environment and the food we eat.

    Their organic label is total fraud and needs to be exposed. This whacko is laughing all the way to the bank

    An investigation into how whole foods has been misrepresenting their food needs to begin.

  •  There is stupid, then there is stoopid... (1+ / 0-)
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    cordgrass

    To say that such an explanation is ridiculous is...ridiculous in itself! Based-on-nothing-pseudo-philosophical-babbling that serves nothing more than expose a person's disengenuine mind.

    Trying to make a serious issue look casual to fit your ideology is crazy. And conservative.

  •  I Used to Shop (1+ / 0-)
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    cordgrass

    at Whole foods but when Mackey announced that health care for all is not constitutional, I dropped his chain of stores like a hot potato. Mr. Mackey, if you're out there, let me quote the section of the preamble of the Constitution that proves you wrong: "(P)romote the general Welfare". Now, if you need a modern-day translation of this, it means maintaining the health and well-being of the citizenry of a democratic republic. It was worded the way it was back in the day because we didn't have big profit-making conglomerates running our health care system. And, unfortunately, the framers of the Constitution had no way of knowing that health care would be dependent on whether or not some corporation could make money off of someone's illness. Mr. Mackey, for the record, whether it be health care reform or global warming, you, sir, are a blithering idiot. Get a clue.

  •  He's komening the brand (0+ / 0-)

    What an idiot.  The cashier at my local organic grocery co-op was laughing with me this morning about it

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