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Every Church takes it upon itself to pursue certain missions. Ours is no different.

Followers of the Church of the Holy Shitters believe mankind's current activities are contributing to a change in the Earth's climate. We also believe we can, should and will do something about it. In fact, it is one of our prime Church missions.

Climate change and the rising temperatures associated with it involves the entire planet. It is a global issue. Therefore, it demands a global effort to address in any meaningful way.

The economies of the world are based largely on fossil fuel to provide their energy. Burning fossil fuel pollutes our environment. Not only does it pollute but it’s also changing our environment with serious negative consequences. The theory goes that the burning of fossil fuel is increasing the level of CO2 in our environment and resulting in a general warming of the planet and an altering of world weather patterns.

People in the US are superconsumers. Each of us, on average uses 11kWof energy. That is a larger user rate than any other country on Earth! We also have the 3rd largest population.

We need to change the way we do things. It will require a mammoth effort. It can be done. We've done it before during WWII. We can do it again!

Taken from the book Plan B 4.0 Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester R. Brown let's take a moment to look back on the effort that was made by this country during WWII. It was quite astounding.

For the war, the United States underwent a massive economic restructuring. In his State of the Union address on January 6, 1942, one month after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the country’s arms production goals. The United States, he said, was planning to produce 45,000 tanks, 60,000 planes, 20,000 anti-aircraft guns, and several thousand ships. He added, “Let no man say it cannot be done.”

After his State of the Union address, Roosevelt met with auto industry leaders and told them that the country would rely heavily on them to reach these arms production goals. From February 1942 through the end of 1944, nearly three years, essentially no cars were produced in the United States.

In addition to a ban on the production and sale of cars for private use, residential and highway construction was halted, and driving for pleasure was banned. Strategic goods—including tires, gasoline, fuel oil, and sugar—were rationed beginning in 1942. Cutting back on private consumption of these goods freed up material resources that were vital to the war effort.

To raise money for defense, the government relied on a number of techniques — calling on the American people to ration certain commodities, generating more tax revenue by lowering the personal exemption and selling government war bonds to individuals and financial institutions. All of these methods served to provide the government with revenue and at the same time keep inflation under control.

From the beginning of 1942 through 1944, the United States far exceeded the initial goal of 60,000 planes, turning out a staggering 229,600 aircraft, a fleet so vast it is hard today to even visualize it. Equally impressive, by the end of the war more than 5,000 ships were added to the 1,000 or so that made up the American Merchant Fleet in 1939.

In her book No Ordinary Time, Doris Kearns Goodwin describes how various firms converted. A sparkplug factory was among the first to switch to the production of machine guns. Soon a manufacturer of stoves was producing lifeboats. A merry-go-round factory was making gun mounts; a toy company was turning out compasses; a corset manufacturer was producing grenade belts; and a pinball machine plant began to make armor-piercing shells.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill often quoted his foreign secretary, Sir Edward Grey:

“The United States is like a giant boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it, there is no limit to the power it can generate.”
Thus, we see from our brief look back, just what this country is capable of doing when we are motivated. We have the power and the capability to impact the climate in a positive manner. All that is required is the will to act.

The first thing that needs to happen to embark on this mission is leadership from the top. Our job as members of the Church of the Holy Shitters is to pressure and persuade our top leadership into action. To force them to Shit or get off the pot!

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The Church of the Holy Shitters will post articles on our holy S.H.I.T. day ( So Happy It's Thursday)  

Next Thursday 2/14/13:  The Reluctance to Change vs the Willingness to Change

Hoping to add some humor, provoke thought, spark debate,  deepen understanding, and shed some light on the fecal side.  
Remember:  "If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit." ( Shitbit by Poop John the First of the Church of the Holy Shitters)
Church of the Holy Shitters
Originally posted on http://holyshitters.com/

Originally posted to Holy $h*tters on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Climate Hawks and DK GreenRoots.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:00:07 AM PST

  •  This kind of response is trapped somewhere (3+ / 0-)
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    in hell--between the Deniers, the Cheneyesque neo-con mentality that "conservation is a personal virtue" and mass consumer culture that almost no one seems willing to forego, even to save the planet.

    In The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New WorldPaul Gilding also discusses the need for a War Effort level response to Climate Change.

    I know it is critical, but I really so no evidence whatsoever that this will happen. I mean, on 2/17 the Sierra Club and 350.org are staging a protest in D.C. How many people are likely to attend. My guess is that a miniscule fraction of the kossacks within 50 miles of one of those buses or 200 miles of driving to DC themselves will be there.

    Among Climate Change "Accepters", a small fraction of 1% are willing to take the time to engage in the political activism that would need to be undertaken to get the establishment to mobilize much of anything. Until the Accepters take on a War effort to demand change, the establishment won't.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:25:03 AM PST

    •  I agree with you there is no evidence of this (2+ / 0-)
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      happening on the horizon.  But if the right circumstances converge it can and will.  There were plenty of of isolationists and as long as its NIMBY I'm not willing to get involved folks prior to Pearl Harbor too.  I like to try and keep the faith.  I've been waiting a long time though.  

      If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

      by John Crapper on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 10:47:00 AM PST

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  •  In That Time Business Owners Felt Imminent Threat (2+ / 0-)
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    from the Axis powers. Climate poses no imminent threat to ownership and that's why ownership is pressuring government to increase climate damage and not to prevent it. Ownership expects that a warming so severe as to cause a mass dieoff of most humans will still allow ownership to survive and prosper.

    The mission nobody has yet figured out how to make possible, is how to convince ownership to allow most of us and our heirs to survive.

    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 Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:37:22 AM PST

    •  Nature will not allow the status quo to stay (0+ / 0-)

      intact.  The sad thing is a lot of people will suffer and die in the process.  There are segments of the business world that are feeling imminent threat or close to it now (e.g. insurance companies, coastal businesses, barge operators).  There will be more as things deteriorate.  

      If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

      by John Crapper on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 10:50:51 AM PST

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  •  That's what I'm talking about (3+ / 0-)
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    Nice diary. I like Lester Brown's WWII example, Richard Register uses that one a lot too. I guess it was perhaps easier to mobilize people to fight against evil Nazis than against climate change. It's almost like we'll need to mobilize ourselves to fight against ourselves, which requires some serious psychological tricking, no? Perhaps the framing in this case would be better if we fought for something rather than against something, but I don't know if there's any precedence at least in western industrial history of large mobilizations in favor of love, kindness and respect for the earth. But it's always worth putting that energy out there, you never know when the paradigms might shift.

    Can't make it to Washington D.C. on 2/17? Check for a Forward on Climate Solidarity Rally near you!

    by citisven on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:38:08 AM PST

    •  Thanks! My next post will address some of (4+ / 0-)
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      the thoughts you express.  One of my goals in my posts is and will be to create some psychological shock to jolt the reader into thinking about things a little differently.  Our perception limits what is possible.  

      If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

      by John Crapper on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:48:41 AM PST

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    •  Shifting the paradigm... (1+ / 0-)
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      The best way to move this paradigm is to identify and develop disruptive alternatives. In its first three years, ARPA-E's Electrofuels Program has developed technology that makes it probable that two generations from now, fossil fuels will be  left in the ground as unsellable. This is the trailer for my documentary about the science of the Electrofuels Program, A Most Convenient Convergence:

      http://www.youtube.com/...
      •  I watched the trailer. Looks very (1+ / 0-)
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        interesting and promising.    We could really use a technological game changer but must be cautious not to rely on its discovery as an excuse to delay implementing proven paths to reduce our carbon emissions.  Hope you post a diary on this soon.  Thanks for passing the trailer my way.  I'm assuming the documentary has not been released yet.  

        If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

        by John Crapper on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:08:01 AM PST

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      •  FYI: I want back and read your diary on this! (1+ / 0-)
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        Very interesting and hopeful.

        If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

        by John Crapper on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:24:57 AM PST

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        •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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          There is likely to be some significant news on this front this month. Feb. 25-27 is the ARPA-E Summit in DC, and I believe there is major news from this sector that is likely to be released there.

          And my drinking game for the State of the Union Address is one shot for every mention of ARPA-E, a triple for "Electrofuels," and chugging the rest of the bottle if the President mentions one of the scientists I've interviewed by name.

          BTW, I've done several diaries on electrofuels. Did you see all of them?

          •  No - just read the latest one. But (1+ / 0-)
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            my curiosity is up on this now so I'll be doing it!

            If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

            by John Crapper on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:34:45 PM PST

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            •  You might like this... (1+ / 0-)
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              Holy Plastic
              Start with carbon dioxide; add water and any form of renewable energy, make something useful of non-biodegradable plastic. Use it or sell it and bury it afterwards in a landfill. This is doing the FSM's work (profitably,) permanently  sequestering carbon dioxide underground as "Holy Plastic."
              Holy Shit! Holy Plastic makes money!

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