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Excellent article. All but for the same omission every individual and 'environmental' group makes when talking about climate change. All ignore the elephant in the room: livestock raising. Not one word about animal agriculture. Not one word about factory farms. And yet they are the single most responsible party for the emission of greenhouse gasses - more than all the cars, trucks, buses, airplanes and ships together in the world combined. More than all the jet fuel you, James Jordan, are talking about.
Yes, Confined Animal Feeding Operations produce 18 percent of the world's greenhouse gasses according to the United Nations. World Watch in Washington, DC states the true figure is a staggering 51 percent.
Yes, James Jordan: "We need to stop playing games with the issue of climate change. The situation is deadly serious." But I can't take you seriously until you face up to the meat industry.
Apparently you not afraid of Raytheon and Materion. But why then do you fear Cargill, Tyson Foods, and Smithfield Foods? There are 32 meat packing plants in Arizona. There are 63 beef cattle feedlots in Arizona. There are 920,000 cows in Arizona, all farting and shitting. That's where the greenhouse gas methane comes from and methane is up to 100 more potent than C02.
"We are at such a dire point in our natural history that we have no choice but to pursue radical (as in getting to the root of the problem) solutions, or we are going to lose everything. There is no time left for half measures and false solutions."
We have no choice than to pursue the radical solution of veganism.
System change is needed and the first system that should be changed is our monetary system. Present U.S. monetary system is used by threat of force from the U.S. military across the globe. In this system almost the entirety of what we use for money is created by banks when they make loans. As the loans are paid off the money is extinguished on the banks books and no longer exists. The banks are allowed to charge and keep interest and fees for money that they have created. Since only the principal amount of the loan is created as money and nothing is created for the interest and fees that also must be repaid, it is a system designed to put and keep us all in debt. At this it is succeeding very well.
Since the banks create the money, they get to make the decision on that for which it is to be used. Understandably environmental uses are behind whatever is last on the list. Money creation should be done debt-free by our federal government. Money would then be spent not loaned into existence for the actual things that people value -- clean air, clean water, clean renewable sustainable energy, a real healthcare plan, rebuilding our broken infrastructure, etc.
Linking Social Justice to Monetary Reform explains it all.
Looks like we have stopped talking about the science. take another bong hit everybody....
C'mon. This is America. Of course Raytheon and Rosemont are bankrolling the parade. Money is the state religion. Who's gonna pay for the cops? The toilets? Not the Sierra Club, they're volunteers.
Besides, if we all just get a Prius instead of a Hummer, it will all be rainbows and unicorns, right? Everyone knows gas loses it's carbon when you put it in a prius; the hybrid synergy drive catalyses it into dihydrogen oxide, and it neutralizes the effects of gluten and high-fructose corn syrup as a nice bonus! I'm trying to buy rights to the chimney output of the cement plant up in Marana to boot - a real goldmine (why aren't they also on the earth day board anyway?)...
All those cauldrons of methane boiling off in the arctic ocean and Yamal are sure to replace fracking and lead to our clean energy promised land. It's different this time. Jobs for everyone!!!
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