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Evaluating the Climate March on its One Month Anniversary
October 21, 2014
by Michael Donnelly
A month ago today, 300,000 people descended on New York City for the “This Changes Everything” People’s Climate March. While the parade infamously made no demands/no measurable way of gauging success, there is one inconvenient truth that can be measured. In the past month, the US spewed another 461,000,000 metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere, up 2.5% from the same month last year. And some tons of it came from flying people to and from the march. March organizers, when asked, begrudgingly admitted that “around 3000” flew in, but the number is at least ten times that. Much carbon was also disgorged from buses, trains and private vehicles traveling to the event.
When asked about the “renewable” energy product fair’s huge carbon footprint, angry celeb Mark Ruffalo stated, “Oh brother. That is a question you shouldn’t be asking here today because that defies the spirit of what this is about.”
He went on to say that anyone who questions the carbon spewed by the celebs that flew in on private jets “is either a coward or an ideologue.”
It is precisely the question that “should be asked.” The fossil-fuel-based-foundation-funded (headed by the Rockefeller Bros. Fund) spectacle of flying people on Wings of Tar Sands across the continent – roasting polar bears – so they could witness a six-figure salary professional green in a polar bear suit get arrested and post selfies with the stars “changed” nothing when it comes to actual reduction of carbon pollution. In fact, it increased it.
As long as the Climate “Movement” is funded and run by elites seeking to control the message; seeking to cash in on “renewables”(which is what the entire fossil fuel divestment scam is all about) while assiduously avoiding (or condemning a la Ruffalo) any mention of actual carbon consumption, nothing changes and collapse is inevitable.
The entire Environmental Movement is funded and neutered this way. Addressing Population and Consumption is off-the-table – THE elephants in the Boiler Room – for a reason. Recently, it came out that HALF of the species on the planet have gone extinct in the past 40 years. The Big Green groups collectively raised and spent over $20 Billion (with a “B”) during that same time period. (What’s that definition of insanity, again?)
Bottom line: we could run the grid on unicorn farts, but if we keep on consuming at the same (or more likely, higher rates), we still eat the planet.
This changes everything
This was a fund-raiser
MICHAEL DONNELLY might be an “ideologue” when it comes to protecting Gaia, but he’s no “coward.” He was offered a plane ride from Oregon to the parade. He gave up flying for good six years ago after crunching the numbers on how jet travel is the single largest contribution an individual can make to carbon pollution/Climate Chaos.