solar cycles

Redirecting the Redirected: Returning Attention to Climate Change Policy and Planning

Corporate interests with strong ties to conservative politics have undermined American’s awareness and understanding about climate change. Record profits from fossil fuel businesses have been threatened by talk of reducing consumption. Rather than change their business model, these entities went on the offensive against knowledge; facts were stretched until barely recognizable, bolstered with easy untruths, and fed to the public alongside infotainment through co-opted media.

The same fossil fuel interests bought politicians who are easily led by cash infusions or manipulated through electoral scaremongering by increasingly ignorant, easily acquired political factions (hello, Tea Party).

Presto: Americans are the least likely to believe in anthropomorphic climate change, and they’re likely to vote for candidates who mirror their own tractability.

But the truth has a nasty way of bitchslapping consumers and voters until their attention is returned to the facts. Hurricane Sandy, following this past summer’s wretched Dust Bowl-like drought, delivered a one-two punch to the public’s consciousness. Americans are ripe right-the-hell NOW for corrective action in the form of education and effective policy.

Therein lies the problem: there is no ongoing nationwide sustained discussion on climate change reaching a critical mass of the American public, and they in turn are not demanding better, effective, and immediate policy. There’s lots of hand-wringing over the damages caused by the drought and hurricane. There’s discussion about improvements to emergency response (tactical), and chatter about building dikes a la Netherlands to protect New York City from future hurricanes (tactical).

Yet there’s only tactical discussion–no society-wide dialog about strategic approaches to climate change.

The challenge to the educated and aware is to change this scenario and fast. The longer it takes for the tractable to become engaged and aware, the more time fossil fuel interests have to re-poison the minds of the public before the next truth-borne bitchslapping. Continue reading

Emptywheel Twitterverse
bmaz Was there a singularity point in time where the Beatles taught the Stones how to really rock? Yes but maybe only one https://t.co/6UjoVAiMmw
7hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @cnnbrk: Six charged in West Virginia water contamination. http://t.co/vm2ZJHoP3m.
7hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @LemonSlayerUS As I noted, I'm pretty sure Graham was hanging around bc he was so involved in the 9/11 Inquiry.
7hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @kgosztola: .@WashingtonPost editorial board protests Obama's "bailout" for Cuba http://t.co/VkAn3evvO6 Cause only Wall St firms deserve…
7hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @BeschlossDC: Castro met Malcolm X in Harlem NYC 1960: #Reuters http://t.co/VHBo4i6r4r
7hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel How much in taxes does Sony pay the US, anyway?
7hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @ramez Property w/o cautiousness.
7hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @gr8tale You obviously didn't click through.
7hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @jrgaillot: RT of you have had enough of @MarcoRubio pushing for a policy that has failed the Cuban people for half a century http://t.c…
7hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel I mean, John Brennan's abject failure to stop cyber attacks while Homeland Security Czar not mentioned in CIA hearings. But now? central
8hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @mazdaki: University of Florida students hold candlelight vigil for #PeshawarAttack victims. Wall painted #PeshawarStrong #FB http://t.c…
8hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel I repeat: MI has offered to pay a man $48 M to coach football at a university but Leg refuses to tax enough to fill our potholes.
8hreplyretweetfavorite
December 2014
S M T W T F S
« Nov    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031