Filed under: Energy, Environment, Junk Science, Politics | Tags: George Monbiot, The Green Movement, Their Ideas Don't Work!
You may never have heard of George Monbiot, who is a columnist for the left-leaning The Guardian newspaper in Britain. He is perhaps better known as a major green activist, a child of the late 70s, who believes deeply in global warming.
Setting targets for greenhouse emissions, issuing citizens with a personal carbon ration, regulating building standards, wind farms, banning (yes) incandescent lightbulbs, patio heaters, garden floodlights, reducing airport capacity by 90%, closing down all out-of-town superstores, are only some of his goals in a campaign for austerity to prevent disastrous climate change.
Now that he is reaching middle age, he seems to be beginning the struggle to grow up. He has taken a hard look at green ideology, and discovered that it just doesn’t work. The answers that greens have provided to the problems they perceive don’t solve the problems. Oh, he still sees a disastrous future of warming and decline, but he is dimly realizing that the solutions offered by the environmental movement don’t solve anything.
We have enough non-renewable resources of all kinds to complete our wreckage of renewable resources: forests, soil, fish, freshwater, benign weather. Collapse will come one day, but not before we have pulled everything down with us.And even if there were an immediate economic cataclysm, it’s not clear that the result would be a decline in our capacity for destruction. In east Africa, for example, I’ve seen how, when supplies of paraffin or kerosene are disrupted, people don’t give up cooking; they cut down more trees. History shows us that wherever large-scale collapse has occurred, psychopaths take over. This is hardly conducive to the rational use of natural assets.
All of us in the environment movement, in other words – whether we propose accommodation, radical downsizing or collapse – are lost. None of us yet has a convincing account of how humanity can get out of this mess. None of our chosen solutions break the atomising, planet-wrecking project. I hope that by laying out the problem I can encourage us to address it more logically, to abandon magical thinking and to recognise the contradictions we confront. But even that could be a tall order.
Monbiot, like all far leftists, has little understanding of humanity. Man, except for those like Montbiot himself who think the right thoughts, is thoughtlessly and greedily destroying the earth. Fossil fuels, carbon, corporations, a lack of social justice, greed, economic growth, population growth,industrialization , decline every where he looks— forests, soil, fish, fresh water, benign weather, declining stocks of minerals, societal collapse. And the stupid public doesn’t get it and is unwilling to adapt to austerity, and less of everything.
Denying man’s humanity, neglecting our ingenuity, neglecting the vast progress we have made in conquering hunger, disease, clean air and clean water, preserving endangered species, the Greens deny our accomplishments to make us the cause of what their “magical thinking” sees as inevitable decline.
We remain a carbon-based species. CO2 is only a trace gas in the atmosphere and is not the cause of global warming. The earth is always warming and cooling. But for Monbiot, a major Green, to realize that their ideas simply do no work, and they need to put aside magical thinking— that’s an important first step!