Periodic reminder that the window of opportunity for moderate solutions on climate was slammed shut in favor of oil company profits for 30 years and now all of the options are extreme.

11:02 PM · Sep 17, 2021

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The only choice we have left is choosing radical change and thereby getting to shape it somewhat or waiting to see what extreme changes Mother Nature has in store.
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I meet people all the time who think we have more say than that, and that a comfortable path still exists. That not rocking the boat is still an option. Generally these folks are the ones who still value compromise and civility over survival. Truly sorry, but time to wake up
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The other day someone asked me what the climate movement was going to do to appeal to moderates and I had to point out that actually all anyone did for decades was try to appeal to moderates and win over climate deniers and *gestures everywhere* perhaps time for a new thought?
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Replying to @amywestervelt
I will bet that we'll do extreme options like injecting carbon into subduction zones before we make any sort of change to daily life.
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My kids are vegan. Both. No cars (20+ years old) Not even a driving license yet Not flying on holidays, even pre pandemic. No, not my doing. Their choice.
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Replying to @amywestervelt
If people wanted gas cars and energy, is it oil/gas’s fault? What were they supposed to do? At any point people could’ve stopped buying gas SUVs, installed PV, stopped buying crap, stopped traveling. They’re STILL not doing it, even as we watch the world unravel around us.
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If I want to sell a substance that endangers life, I would have a hard time to claim that only the buyer is responsible. In fact, we put merchants of illegal drugs in jail.
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Replying to @amywestervelt
On the one hand: I hear you. Can understand why you call that extreme. Otoh: Did we call the advent of age of steam engines "extreme"? Or trans-continental rail? Or the interstate system? In my book, each of those would warrant the label "extreme" too. But we called it progress…
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Replying to @amywestervelt
I was thinking of calling it “The Great Slowdown”. Either we find a way to live slower, with less energy or we can continue to speed into disaster and everything will slow down a *lot* more as roads buckle, homes get devastated, heat cripples regions, etc.
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I noticed years ago, that labour saving devices, cars, phones, everything that was meant to make life easier, and give us more leisure time, has just allowed capitalism to speed up. More work and profits. They won't slow down. More ships in the Arctic? We have to force a stop.
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