My Facebook feed has been abuzz lately with postings from a Progressive friend about climate change. As one might expect, the view from that side of the political street is not looking good. One particular article put forward the ultra-gloomy contention that human-caused global warming is likely irreversible and most of the world will soon become unfit for human habitation even if we exceed the most ambitious goals proposed in the Paris Accords to curb our carbon emissions. The crux of the authors’ hypothesis is that present CO2 levels are already so high that vast areas of permafrost in the sub-Arctic are starting to melt. Permafrost contains huge amounts of methane, a gas with almost ten times the heat retentive capacity of CO2. Release of even a small portion of this entrained methane will cause a warming feedback loop which will raise global temperatures at an exponential rate, melting more permafrost and releasing more methane. The result? Catastrophic warming that may very soon and very quickly progress beyond our ability to slow it down, let alone reverse it.
As is usually the case with climate change literature, the dire outline of the scientific problem is followed by a proposed political solution. Our slim chance of survival, say the authors, hangs on humanity suddenly acquiring the wisdom to reject the nationalist, capitalist economic/political model that has landed us in this frying pan and put Big Government in control of, well, everything. The Ship of State needs to make a sharp turn, and we mean right now!
Hmm! Putting aside the obvious inconvenience that ships, especially the State variety, are seldom capable of sharp turns no matter how urgent the need, what exactly would this course correction look like? A possible answer comes from another Facebook post, from the same source. It linked to a group calling itself The Climate Mobilization. Their stated goal: To transition the US to 100% renewable energy within the next 10 years, by whatever means necessary. I paid a visit to their website for a look at these “means” and found they are right out of the Radical’s Handbook; boycotting and blockading businesses and whole industries, general strikes, massive protests and other “non-violent interventions”. Their timetable warns of their intention to “escalate until we win!” Does this sound like anarchy itching to be unleashed? I thought the idea was to turn the Ship, not sink it. Continue reading