Our weekend is going to be filled with wedding planning—deciding on a date, a church, a reception venue, maybe nervously scanning the guest list—and if I have some extra time I may be able to build that chicken coop that Caroline’s always wanted; if I really work hard, though, I might could get around to “saving the planet;” all I’d have to do, according to Richard Eskow, is “Flood Wall Street:”
Wall Street is, in a very real sense, the epicenter of our environmental crisis. To ignore that fact is to risk dooming our other climate efforts to failure, or to use them merely as palliatives for troubled consciences. There’s no other way to say this: Capitalism, as practiced on Wall Street today, is an existential threat to humanity…
Today’s blatantly amoral capitalism is an anomaly in modern history, a throwback to the days of the Industrial Revolution. But it is an anomaly we can no longer afford. The skies of 19th-century Manchester, England, darkened with soot and smoke, but the planet survived. Today’s threat circles the globe and is already darkening our future. There is no escaping it — not in space or time.
Hmm, maybe I’ll put this off until next weekend. Actually, I’m not sure if this is a jeremiad against capitalism or if it’s the shooting script for the upcoming eco-action film Global Warming: The Movie. Climate change rhetoric really does feel more and more like a mock-up of a disaster flick trailer: the ominous predictions, the constant wailing that “we’re running out of time,” the portents of catastrophe. In the global warming movie, of course, the dashing yet sensitive eco-friendly hero would stem the tide of climate change by activating some kind of solar-powered deus ex machina that would suck all the excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use a wind-powered electromagnetic pinch to shut down all the coal-burning power plants across the globe: humanity would learn to live without electricity under the benevolent leadership of a newly-instated Green Socialist world government. It would probably sell about as well as that climate change musical, but maybe it could enjoy an ironic vogue on Netflix.
Most disaster movies, of course, feature a character that attempts to warn the populace of the impending disaster, but to no avail; today’s environmentalist are filling that role nicely, with one important difference—they have the government muscle to back it up:
The Obama administration is preparing to introduce major steps to phase out production of a popular chemical coolant used in refrigerators and air conditioners, citing growing evidence that the substance is contributing to the warming of the planet.
The White House will announce on Tuesday a series of voluntary commitments by some of the country’s largest chemical firms and retailers to move rapidly away from R-134a and similar compounds used in nearly every office, home and automobile in the country, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort.
As we saw earlier this month, the European Union is looking to ban high-powered hair dryers in order to save the environment; over here, Democrats are trying to ban coolant. If the global warmists get their way, your hair will constantly be wet and your refrigerator will be perpetually lukewarm. Under an environmentalist regime, we’ll all have unhappier lives and much lower standards of living; it can be useful to laugh about it, but at the end of the day it’s a distinctly real and frightening possibility.