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Climate change is not liberal propagandaThere is only one truth you need to know The Music Shop from this bookrom this review Denying climate change is profitable and as long as it remains profitable the environment degrades It will get to a point of no return Do you want to do something now voluntarily or be The Black Sphere forced to do something later when it s probably too late In theace of an absolutely unprecedented emergency society has no choice but to take dramatic action to avert a collapse of civilization Either we will change our ways and build an entirely new kind of global society or they will be changed Московские фиалки for us Fossiluel companies are among the most profitable and they are destroying the planet on the ast track enabled by lobbyists and politicians because it s economical and profitable or them to do so than to change what they are doing Do you want to give BP a dollar so you can drive a Suburban or do you want to deny BP that dollar or cut it back to20 cents and drive a hybrid These choices are ours to make and the only way the Scoundrel fossiluel companies will hear us is economically because they don t care about us ecologically Corporations whose primary objective are profits cannot be allowed to influence decisions about the PLANET Poor nations suffer because rich nations pollute When things get bad the poor nations will be the irst to go Media commentators speak of compassion atigue as if empathy and not ossil uels was the Seven Roads to Hell: A Screaming Eagle at Bastogne finite resource We are living beyond our environmental budget and the bill is coming due It s hard to write a review of this book without discussion how youeel about the topic How you process the information This book is to some degree preaching to the choir Klein is radical and this book is no holds barred Right wing Americans aren t going to read this and suddenly say Oh wow I get it now My bad If we go down party lines only 50%ish of Americans believe climate change is something which needs to be addressed Unfortunately the other 50%ish control corporations and lobbyists Better planet one way or another results in lower profits Or a complete breakdown of certain industriesCheap goods rom China Bad or the environment good School of Velocity for Wal Mart You could see why Wal Mart as an example would want to deny climate change You know why the sky in China is brown So we can have cheap goods And guess what It s not entirely China sault Every time we buy some tchotchke pan coffee mug electronic device made in China we are contributing to climate change We need to consume less and we need to consume thoughtfully Buy local do we really need asparagus which traveled 7500 miles Think about the corporations you support and where your goods are coming rom Corporations are making deliberate decisions or profit which hasten climate change This is a book Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries for people who want to understand the economics of climate change Who want to make educated buying decisions Saving the planet isn t just about biking to work one day a week it s thinking about where and how you spend your money The book everyone should read on climate changeIn a sweeping powerful book Naomi Klein articulates why in order to effectively stand up to climate change we mustundamentally restructure the global economy It is clear that the current economic system built on neoliberal ideas particularly around global trade has utterly Local Girls failed to stand up to the challenge and may inact be A Is for Awful fundamentally incapable of doing so So weind ourselves answering the uestion what do we value The philosophy underpinning the economy or our physical environment I certainly know my answerThe book is not without its laws It s certainly not an appropriate primer to the physical nature of climate change barring a ew vivid case studies it doesn t deal with the science Klein also makes her points in a somewhat roundabout way almost muffling her points with too many case studies rather than cutting to the chase Also despite the book making extensive efforts to highlight the plight of disenfranchised ethnic groups it is still very western centric But these My Little Half-Moon flawsall away with the scope of what she has accomplished with the book It is a powerful call to action one of those books that causes scales to Hello, Good-bye fall awayrom your eyes and makes you see a problem that was standing in plain sight If you re not pissed off demanding change after reading it then we A Succubus for Freedom and other tales of Obscene Orgies fundamentally disagree on humanity s place on the EarthYou should read it I wish someone had taught me to uestion capitalism before college This past year at university has made me so weary of capitalism and its greed based conseuences and Naomi Klein s brilliant This Changes Everything Capitalism vs The Climate has persuaded me even While I do not claim expertise on the topics of environmentalism or economics I still must say it is my responsibility and our responsibility to protect this earth we live on Klein does a thorough and effective job of explaining how capitalism contributes to climate change and while this review does a better job than I could on breaking down how she does it I want to include a relevant By posing climate change as a battle between capitalism and the planet I am not saying anything that we don t already know The battle is already under way but right now capitalism is winning hands down It wins every time the needor economic growth is used as an Excuse For Putting Off for putting off action yet again or From Z to A-Lister: How To Build Your Personal Brand for breaking emission reduction commitments already made It wins when Greeks are told that their only path out of economic crisis is to open up their beautiful seas to high risk oil and gas drilling It wins when Canadians are told our only hope of not ending up like Greece is to allow our borealorests to be خلقیات ما ایرانیان flayed so we can access the semisold bitumenrom the Alberta tar sands It wins when a park in Istanbul is slotted The Avril LaVigne Handbook - Everything You Need to Know about Avril LaVigne for demolition to make wayor yet another shopping mall It wins when parents in Beijing are told that sending their wheezing kids to school in pollution masks decorated to look like cute cartoon characters is an acceptable price A Fatal Debt: A Novel for economic progress It wins every time we accept that we have only bad choices available to us austerity of extraction poisoning or povertyAmidst several striking points I most appreciate Klein s emphasis on valuing nurturing and regeneration over domination and extractivism As someone who researches and thinks a lot about gender I see this struggle play out between the masculine urge to destroy and to practice aggression theeminine urge to heal and to protect I wish we as a society cared about caring instead of profit because that would help the environment and it may have prevented the incompetent Donald Trump The White Ballets from becoming President With the awful Donald Trump s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement we need to actast A uote that reflects my sentiments in this paragraph about how we should uestion what we prioritize in society Now I realize that this can all sound apocalyptic as if reducing emissions reuires economic crises that result in mass suffering But that seems so only because we have an economic system that etishizes GDP growth above all else regardless of the human or ecological conseuences while ailing to place value on those things that most of us cherish above all a decent standard of living a measure of eature security and our relationships with one another So what Anderson and Bows Larkin are really saying is that there is still time to avoid catastrophic warming but not within the rules of capitalism as they are currently constructed Which is surely the best argument there has ever been or changing those rulesOverall a dense and important book about an urgent topic in contemporary society I am genuinely so afraid of the suffering The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions About Getting Into College future generations will have to experience because of our negligence and at the same time I am hopeful that we can lessen their burden if we mobilize now Please join theight Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin for climate justice with me and so many others Some processes set in motion are unstoppable Until three centuries ago human destructiveness was primarily limited to each other Apartrom deforestation overuse and local exploitation the relatively Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South few Homo Sapiens could do little harm to nature and they killed each other without directly harming the planet Not that one could attach a value to human life but the difference to nature is that the damage isn torever After devastating wars the survivors repopulated the ruins but if there is no animal or plant left to repopulate the badlands they will stay dead Unless they are anyway so poisoned and contaminated that life Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices for pioneers is only possibleor a short painful time and the only residents sterile cancer eaten mutantsAt the beginning of industrialization the argument that there were no alternatives was partly correct Exploitation was a necessary evil and Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism formed theoundation of current prosperity and there was no sustainable alternative at these times However the TINA argument has become obsolete and continues to be used in the context of climate change and Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas fossiluels as if we were still living at the beginning of the 20th century and there were no new technologies The justifications After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry for postponing necessary innovations are contradictory Technologies such as nuclear power and natural gas would continue to be neededor a healthy balanced energy mix A transformation of the electricity grid to integrate decentralized renewable Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread forms of energy would take decadesFirst innovative technologies have been suppressedor decades or nearly a century Now they are being delayed by restrictions bureaucratic harassment and subsidies Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes for established corporations To maintain the costly obsolete and destructive old system money that is otherwise desperately needed is wasted Therefore change can only be initiated by the civilian population and innovative companies Corrupt politics and corporations would delay a nuclear phase out and effective climate protection measures into the 22nd century It is particularly perfidious that NGOs such as climate and environmental protection organizations are often instrumentalized and the entire highlight isocused on a not too explosive aspect of the topic If possible with as ew connecting points to the real problems as possible To pet the panda instead of keeping the bamboo orest To swim with the dolphin instead of protecting the sea This discredits the credibility of many charitable organizations It s a similar dilemma to Wikipedia because to be ree and independent you need donations and that makes you dependent on the donors and patrons Media coverage prefers topics about climate change instead of environmental degradation and pollution An annual inventory maybe and news like So and so many on the leaderboard of threatened species slipped up or down With ten parameters including signal light with dots From green or everything is She Weeps Each Time You're Born fine to blackor everyone is dead Even this label has two spongy definitions if the data is insufficient or a species has not been assessed Convenient when species are eradicated accidentally or as collateral damageOn the other hand the climate is so wonderfully vague sophisticated and comprehensive that it can produce endless debates and reports Practically without having to commit to concrete acts and above all action approaches It is in the unpredictable nature of the thing It is as if people are talking about the weather with ewer and Seven Days, Seven Dinners fewer animal sounds in the background and monocultures overgrowing everythingHowever people do not talk about concrete phenomena that affect the weather For example about the thawing of permafrost subsidence of the ocean currents defrosting the polar ice caps acidification of the oceans desertification rising sea levels rainforest deforestation microplasticsracking etc But about the manipulable macro themesIt is better to use nice vague parameters such as global annual #Temperature CO2 Emissions And Statistics #CO2 emissions and statistics the probability of century events Or one leaves the planet at all and relies on the A Northern Light fluctuating solar activity A potential collapse of theood and drinking water supply outside the developing countries is also preferably less mentioned unless it causes too much refugee If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas flow if no actual war makes peoplelee But then rather the immigrants not the reasons or their escape are the scapegoats So one builds and better border ortifications maybe with one or the other autonomous border guard robot Walls have always worked Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, flawlessly in the past It is cheaper to draw a clear dividing line than helping the country behind in development As a cynical bonus gift developing countries may still be compelled to set climate targets To leave the monopoly on global warming science in the industrialized nations The uestor an acceptable standard of living will be harder to suppress and this is parallel to an increase in the climate and environmental impactIronically the West benefits in part rom climate change in the orm of prolonged growing seasons and shorter winter and meanwhile drastic conseuences remain limited to emerging countries So White Water far climate changes have been continuous processes over long periods with anomalies like volcanic eruptions or solar storms There have never been so many drastic changes at all levels in such a short time Climate certificates and emissions trading are a drop in the ocean they have loopholes and legal mishaps than proven resultsUS military and container shipsor example were not included in the calculation Especially with the military too many unpleasant uestions would be raised For instance assistance in the upgrading of dictatorships in oil rich countries and the bombing of their enemies worldwide protection of oil wells and pipelines by military presence and bases etc In short the petro military complex Climate wars The Slave Dancer for resources could already be on the agenda First all resources of the earth are consumed and with the resulting superior military power the remains violently claimed The amount of issued certificates is arbitrarily raised like on a stock exchange which modifies limits and minimums and causes inflation The licenses should have been expensive and difficult to obtain instead energy intensive industries are earmarkedor selling large uota surplus certificates Another indirect subsidy If you go after that one would have to assume that there is much less pollution than certificates Maybe there will be hyperinflation with those documents on which a Special Agent few billion emissions per piece are printedThisits in with the negligent casino mentality Bipolar that this pragmatically and technocratically uantifies animals and natural spaces as resources to be used Everything in nature is carefully calculated with perverted Sleep with the Fishes financial mathematics and statistics to preciselyind each exploitation possibility The rescue measures however ridiculed with the same instruments On the stock exchanges such a business transaction would result in severe penalties Here on the other hand it s all just about nature Sanctions are The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History for instance possible against countries that issue protectionist subsidiesor renewable energies what is against ree trade agreements Peak Oil is not mentioned but deserves attention As with diamond cartels or Fort Knox you do not know what is on with it How many tons of diamonds are stashed in Antwerp and with how much usury are they selling Are real gold bars gold plated lead ingots or even no bars in Fort Knox And will the oil reserves last 50 or 200 years In the irst case one heads towards another significant problem Not primarily because of the A World on Fire fuels that can be made differently Or theinancial crisis when oil companies and petrochemical industry collapse And with them the vast majority of trading companies Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life fall like a house of cards But because of the many other substancesor which there are no alternative primary materials without which however industry and commerce can not be sustained In addition to the known alternatives there are uite a ew new processes machines and ideas Many have not yet been tapped or invented because money has never been invested in research and economic use Or the patents were bought and thrown into a safe and the involved scientists made silent Solar energy and geothermal energy can be used in different ways Or take the imitation of the photosynthesis of a plant with new variants of photovoltaic systems Direct use of energy rom water wind and tides offers the perfect supplement 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate for cloudy days The use of chemical energyrom The Oxford New Greek 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To organize or too poor to refuse the influx of temporary money and mining jobs or to where they can buy off the governmentsA number of solutions are put orward along with significant victories across the world Looking to the annual reports of the oil companies if what they call proven reserves are actually utilized the total emissions The New Job Security from those reserves is many times than what environmental experts concede will increase the world s temperature by over 4 Celsius That increase will have devastating conseuencesor many millions across the world as the oceans rise and acidify as global temperature increases and climate is severe with severe draughts and The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) flood severe storms massive disruption to many ecosystems and climates And these companies have in their official statements that they intend to extractrom these reserves so we know exactly what they intend to do and we know what the conseuences will be if they are not stopped It s as simple as thatWe need renewal energy wind and solar and we need them now Natural gas is just as polluting as coal in The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis fact it may be polluting But there is resistance to changerom the ways we already know And to climate deniers all these The Jumbee fancy newangled wind turbines and solar panels are too threatening they are not as sturdy as a good old internal combustion engine And as Klein points out letting go of our power to generate energy to the vagaries of nature to sunlight and wind is against our worldview and modern scientific minded outlook where humankind is the master of nature to direct as we choose Real men burn coal What about geoengineering Klein addresses this also devoting a whole chapter to it Dimming the Sun I ll leave it to the reader to explore merely noting that the worldview which made humankind the ruler of the natural world is the same worldview which thinks that it can engineer whole planets with grand schemes like space based shields to block out the sun or by disbursing particulates in the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun s rays back out of the atmosphere Do we really want to play around with this technology and in lieu of renewable energy like solar and wind Aren t the emissions trading schemes going to solve this problem The various emissions trading schemes where countries establish limits To Helvetica and Back for their emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and then domestic companies are allotted specific limits and can buy and sell them amongst each other or get offsets by conducting emissions mitigating activity are widespread However there are multiple loopholes and unaccounted emissions For example ships on the high seas which put massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the air are not emissions that any one particular country is responsibleor Their emissions simply are not under the rules Other loopholes exist such as getting credit Simple Art of Greatness for reducing emissionsrom refraining Where the Heart Waits from activity that was illegal anyway such as illegal but cheaperlaring of gas chimneys at mines in Nigeria As Klein puts it With emissions up by about 57% since the UN Climate convention was signed in 1992 the ailure of this polite strategy is beyond debate The sad tale of trading in pollution ultimately reflects the lawed view that market based solutions are the only politically A Burglar's Guide to the City feasible method of tackling emissionsIn conclusion this book is timely crucial and to be welcomed as a refocusing of our attentions and priorities There are many across the world who already are laboring thanklessly to preventurther destruction of our environment but those with other priorities and who live removed The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth from nature can easilyorget what is happening Klein writes The deep sense of interdependence with the natural world that animates rural struggles American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago from Greece to coastal British Columbia is of course rather less obvious in the densely populated cities where so many of us live and work where our reliance on nature is well hidden by highways pipes electrical lines and overstocked supermarkets The epiphany is that rather than being masters of the Earth to engineer our world and extract every last drop of resourcesor our profit we are the Earth s stewards at best and we live inside its systems Where do we go rom here First realize that we are products of our age and of a dominant ideological project One that too often has taught us to see ourselves as little than singular gratification seeking units out to maximize our narrow advantage If we ocus solely on ourselves we will never see the threat which endangers us all Once alerted to this threat we need to work to say No to extractavist policies No to investment in Stories for a Romantic Heart: Over One Hundred Treasures to Touch Your Soul fossil industries and Yes to renewable energies What do you want to do with your life Do you want to amass toys and capitalor your personal enjoyment while the Earth itself is warped beyond habitability Or do you want to take part with people across the globe with similar outlooks and through similar efforts to make a sustainable Spain in Mind futureor us all I am very inspired by this book and I cannot wait or others to read it and react to it In all honesty I intend to alter my actions and take part in activism to combat climate change My ull review as well as my other thoughts on reading can be The Curious World Of Christmas found on my blogExpansive and visionary This Changes Everything urges that bold structural changes to the global economy must be made if greenhouse gas emissions are to be lowered and cataclysmic climate change avoided In lucid prose Klein details how neoliberal policies have wrecked havoc on the public sphere and environment over the pastour decades intensifying already rampant ineuality and industrial pollution As she surveys the threat and critiues incrementalist approaches to #Climate Change Klein Puts #change Klein puts a wide array of imaginative proposals on how social and environmental justice might be pursued and she examines recent successful anti capitalist victories across nations Klein s scope is international and inclusive her argument well researched and accessible the book s well worth rereading as well as convincing in its claim that only robust social movements will save the world rom imminent ruin Klein has every reason to be depressed about the way governments the world over are relinuishing their responsibilities when it comes to air water and land pollution Though she admits to altering in looking The Best Canadian Animal Stories forward to theuture we have left or our children in the Believing is Not Enough Naomi Klein believes that the ineuality of wealth and power in the world is unjust and that it should be redistributed airly The problem with this book is not that she wants redistribution it is that she believes in it too much She ilters all her information about the world through this moral lens which results in simplistic and misleading conclusionsShe describes this clearly when talking about other believers She explains the tendency of some conservatives to reject the scientific understanding of climate change with perhaps the most insightful statement in her book The tight correlation between worldview and acceptance of climate science is due to cultural cognition the process by which all of us regardless of political leanings ilter new information in ways that will protect our preferred vision of the good society Filtering information to promote her preferred vision of the good society is exactly what this book is about This is most evident when confronting the extremely complex scientific problem of climate change The believing mind simply cannot comprehend the scientific method reuired to understand this issueWhat We Know and Don t Know about Climate ChangeScientists are reasonably certain that global warming is real and mainly caused by burning The Commemerative fossiluels Supporting this The Magnesium Factor fact is beyond the scope of my review If you disagree you are under the spell of a different belief system The problems begin when trying to understand how this will affect ouruture in the real worldGlobal warming does not mean there will be some terrible new climate The climates we already have will move to different places In general climate zones will migrate toward the poles If you want to know your uture climate look south Of course what exactly will happen in any particular region is complex than that but it is a good irst approximationHow The Undrowned Child fast will the climate change The answer involves a concept completely absentrom Naomi Klein s thinking which is uncertainty The latest IPCC report AR5 estimates the euilibrium climate sensitivity The Summer House for temperature is between 15 and 45 which is uite a large range At the low end we have plenty of time to transition to carbonree energy At the high end some of the alarmism in this book may be justified if wrong in detail The problem with presenting a range like that is believers will pick the Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir figure they want to believe You just did that didn t you Those values are both unlikely extremes The reality is most likely somewhere in betweenThe hard truth is we do not know howast climate change will happen and we do not know how it will affect any particular region The effects of our actions today will not be The Yankee Club felt until decades into theuture The effect of any individual s carbon dioxide production is elt globally Therefore any solution must be global in scope which is a problem or someone so viscerally opposed to globalizationSeeking Instant GratificationWe all seek instant gratification People want to use their The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day fossiluels today and not worry about Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design future conseuences Thus to make people aware of climate change we seek something with an immediate sensational impact extreme weather And what could be better than a hurricane especially one that reaches New York After all when you hit Broadway you ve made the big timeRising carbon dioxide levels lead directly to rising global temperatures However the link between that and extreme weather is secondary and poorly understood She claims that there has been aivefold increase in these events since the 1970 s In reality the IPCC report says It is likely that since about 1950 the number of heavy precipitation events over land has increased in regions than it has decreased and Confidence is low The Magic Cake Shop for a global scale observed trend in drought or dryness lack of rainfall since the middle of the 20th century owing to lack of direct observations methodological uncertainties and geographical inconsistencies in the trends In other words she islat out lying There is little detectable trend so ar No one really knows how much extreme weather there will be in the uture certainly not Naomi KleinThe Disconnect Between Capitalism and Climate ChangeEconomics is seen as the big bad capitalists exploiting their innocent victims the common people This viewpoint neglects the detail that most of those people are also consumers who benefit rom the system even if not as much as they think they deserve toThere is one basic act to keep in mind burning Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability fossiluels is the cheapest way to produce energy assuming we ignore the side effect of climate change Fossil The Curious World of Wine: Facts, Legends, and Lore About the Drink We Love So Much fuels are not some horror inflicted on us by greedy capitalism The capitalist is responding to all the greedy consumers who want to pay as little as possibleor their energy Look at who screams the loudest when gas prices go upThe notion that a transition to renewable energy threatens the structure of capitalism is nonsense This could be done in theory with nuclear power which currently produces about ten times the carbon ree energy Than All Other Renewable Energy all other renewable energy combined The result would greatly increased centralization and concentration of power But even a transition to solar energy would not change much Large corporations would produce the solar panels or the same reason they already produce our cars and computers It is efficient and gives consumers the lowest pricesA The Mother Zone free market cannot address climate change because it does not measure the carbon dioxide externality The solution is a tax on emissions toorce markets to take this into account There is no need to dream up an imaginary economic system to add to the uncertainty a changing climate will already bringWanting Something or NothingOnly a true believer could come up with this remarkable statement which reflects the central message of the book The Resources Reuired To Rapidly Move Away resources reuired to rapidly move away ossil The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish fuels and prepareor the coming heavy weather could pull huge swaths of humanity out of poverty providing services now sorely lacking rom clean water to electricity Read it again replacing could with could instead This is about a trade off that most basic economic concept that Naomi Klein seems utterly incapable of understanding The money invested in renewable energy and climate change adaptation or heavy weather comes out of the same pool that could be spent on alleviating poverty Using renewable energy will make electricity cost The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War for everyone These are upfront costs Any benefits come in theutureThe best example of a country that pulled huge swaths of humanity out of poverty is China The inconvenient truth is they did it with unbridled capitalism and burned a vast amount of coal doing it It is the same or any other country that has reduced povertyHard Choices and False ChoicesThe connection between income euality and climate change is actually negative Lower income people use energy per dollar than higher income people Transferring wealth rom the rich to the poor will increase carbon dioxide emissions That is why China is now the largest and asted growing carbon dioxide emitterUnfortunately the real world is about hard choices Maybe we should invest in renewable energy but in the short term it will reduce wealth or everyone Maybe we should reduce income disparity but it will increase the burning of Alice Oliver fossiluelsOf course we can do it all The Protestant Temperament forree by taking it away That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book from the rich Have you noticed that strategy has a rather poor track record While some of the rich are parasites others are the ones who create our new technology including renewable energy You can only eat the rich once and theeast will not last very long There is simply not as much wealth to be plundered rom the wealthy as some might want to believeWhat Happened to Property RightsMuch of this book is taken up with the campaigns of local people against resource development It is all heartwarming stuff and these people have a legitimate complaint about suffering damage to their health and property so others can benefit But why do they have so little legal protection Maybe because the Left is against property itself and the Right defines property rights so narrowly that ordinary people are excludedHowever noble some of these struggles may seem they are ultimately about defending property Klein gleefully reports that Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson joined a lawsuit against racking near his 5 million Texas home claiming it would lower his property values This nicely illustrates the point that conflict over development has little to do with climate change If you stop one project oil will be The Best American Crime Writing found elsewhere If you prevent a pipelinerom being built the oil will be shipped on trains that have worse accidents Chasing these side issues distracts The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data from addressing the real problemClimate change is a technical problem to be solved by technology that produces less carbon dioxide It is also a cultural problem People have to choose to payor their energy and reduce their personal consumption now in return or reducing harm to other people in the uture That is a hard sell Saying someone else should pay makes you no different than a climate change denier You just have different excusesA Symbiotic Relationship that Ruins EverythingThe book begins with Naomi Klein bravely attending a Heartland Institute conference on climate change Such a gathering of conservatives dedicated to ree market solutions would seem a rather hostile environment But why would they welcome such a well known opponent Because she tells them When climate deniers claim that global warming is a plot to redistribute wealth it is because they are paying attention She represents exactly how they want to portray the entire environmental movement And in turn they represent the heartless extreme capitalism she wants to depict Truly we have a symbiotic relationship hereA believer in conspiracy theories might claim that Exxon and the Koch Brothers unded this book It better supports their goal of polarizing the public than any number of conferences they can organize With the goal of hijacking the climate change issue to push her collectivist Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, fantasy it could be one of the most destructive books ever written If this book changes anything it will be to delay real action to address climate change I suggest you read George Marshall s Don t Even Think About It Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Changeor a hard look at addressing climate change It may help you see why this book ruins everythin. D that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge In Talking to Dragons fact all around the world theight back is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiringIt's about changing the world before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe Either we leap – or we sink This Changes Everything is a book that will redefine our era. ,

D rag Three Times the Love for the established monopolists One thing is ambiguous Theact that we would be heading The Drowning Man for a new ice age It would be naturalor the poles to push themselves over half the continents or tens of thousands of years and bury everything under a hundred meter thick ice sheet Humans would merely position themselves around the euator and sit out the ice age but it would cause immense natural species extinction Possibly not as massive as the current one in the course of the Anthropocene Although the humans with so many also led animals on a narrow strip around the belt zone of the planet would probably proceed the same way as today Ironically climate change still protects us GREAT INVESTMENT, THE from this scenario It is to be hoped that civic movements such as the mentioned Blockadia new political movements and a very slow rethinking in established parties will not be too late Because the greenhouse effect is similar to that on the planet Venus Superstorms extreme temperatureluctuations and ever greater uninhabitability are possible uture variants So extreme that it is deadly to go outside To get an idea of the reversibility one can build a snowman in a desert grow ice in the garden in the spring stick broken pieces of glaciers back to the Antarctic activate air currents through ans accelerate ocean currents through paddles or The Lively Art of Writing filter certain elementsrom the air Everything is not so easy The process is irreversible An environment is so heavily built and so uickly destroyed A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books In reading Naomi Klein s new book This Changes Everything a riendly looking tome with a sky blue cover I couldn t help but recall what Whittaker Chambers remark in reviewing Ayn Rand s classic that rom almost any page of Atlas Shrugged a voice can be heard rom painful necessity commanding to the gas chambers go This is a book that will seduce many people with its tales of various indigenous people standing up against urther development and its surface level commitment to humanitarian aims but it is also the work of profound evil This is a totalitarian book that aims to advance totalitarian aims in the guise of combating a supposed emergency As Klein herself admits she herself truly began to engage with these issues only when she realized that the aims of environmental radicalism provided a rationale The Glass Ocean for the adoption of ultra left positions generally In writing this book Klein has done the world a profound service in a surely unintendedashion she has set out in crystal clear ashion the slightly hidden agenda that lies behind most so called environmental initiatives the destruction of capitalism and Western CivilizationIf you think my last sentence was hyperbolic you should read the book yourself In it Klein advocates a program that would see a radical redistribution of wealth not only rom the 1% to the 99% within the advanced industrial nations but on a global basis She approvingly uotes one academic as envisioning that hours of paid work and income could converge worldwide at substantially lower levels than is seen in the developed countries of today When I read that sentence I was temporarily loored It is clear enough to myself that the aim of a notable portion of the present day left is to take what you I and our amilies have and give it away in the name of social justice but it s rare to see it admittedly so openly How many in the West would ever willingly accept having our standard of living coverage with that of Liberia She tries to put as kind a spin on this as possible writing that we will need to return to a lifestyle similar to the one we had in the 1970s in order to attempt to pull back the shock a little bit But I ask you how many among us would sincerely and willingly see our standard of living rolled back by The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness four orive decades She does her best to disguise the sort of pain that she s proposing to inflict upon the majority of Canadians Americans and other citizens in advanced nations as well as the The Leadership Gap fact that it is or less it is impossible that such measures would ever be adopted on a voluntary basis Here and there however the mask slips which was when she writes that if these sorts of demand side emissions reductions are to take place on anything like the scale reuired they cannot be left to the lifestyle decisions of earnest urbanites Ah there it is These decisions Klein and her ilk believe as so important that they cannot be left to the people Nowhere in her book beyond in laying out a vapid and shiny vision of a mass movement of various native peoples and local townspeople resisting oil development does she ever get too explicit about how the practical politics of this change should be managed but it doesn t take too much of a leap to infer that it would be impossibleor her anti capitalist revolutionary movement to operate in accord with basic constitutional liberties and the rule of law What she proposes in essence is Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) for a revolutionary mob to come along and take byorce the property of others in the name of the Earth What she proposes is Serenity Role Playing Game for a massive increase in the powers of the state over the affairs of the people one that could not be possibly gained by democratic consent in the timeframe that she suggests before the end of his decade When Klein invokes the increase in transit usage and home production ofood that occurred during the Second World War as an example she shows a little of her hand those measures were only possible within a context of near absolute government control of society during a total war It is a cliche to invoke Martin Niem ller in a political debate yet it is irresistible here Her Save the Cupcake! first targets the oil companies and select billionaires may have some aspects about them that are unappealing but this is really about everyone This is a visionor a Khemr Rouge like Year Zero society that will harm practically everyone if even a small raction of it is allowed to come to pass It is a matter of the well off 20 percent in a population taking the largest cuts Klein writes but soon enough she adds that this does not mean the middle class is off the hook To und the kind of social programs that will make a just transition possible taxes will have to raise or everyone but the poor Later she add that this is precisely why when climate change diners claim that global warming is a plot to redistribute wealth it s not only because they are paranoid It s also because they are paying attention Yet strangely Klein ails to ever truly engage with the sort of tenacious resistance that such measures would ace not only among the oil barons and the other villains of her work but among ordinary people who do not wish to see the work of generations and their own lives destroyed or stolen and redistributed to others If you would like to see your lifestyle converge with that of Nepal you are than ree to make such a thing happen immediately If you wish to reuire that my standard of living be reduced until it is roughly the same as the global average than you are going to not This changes everything I wish it did I suppose you have to be uite anti capitalist to even pick this up The title certainly makes clear Naomi Klein s view by pitting capitalism against the climate I completely agree There is a LOT of ground covered in this book and an extensive amount of research At times it became a bit too much and I was unclear what it s intentions were I wanted a simpler solution when of course there isn t one Yet there were many great ideas and examples of how grassroots communities ARE working The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev for the good of the climate Which is usually in opposition to the global energy companies whose incentive is to make money Then make some And Did I learn anything new Yes I learnt a lot Not only about climate change why it s A REAL PROBLEM and how this will affect everyone no not hotter summers yippee I discovered about why we re being pushed into extreme energy sources what governments aren t doing about it and the roles ecological and green organisations play to help Or not I read about problems encountered by people who really do WANT TO HELP and how easy it isor their good intentions to be turned in another direction I read a lot of things that made me angry I expected multinational companies to be making big profits or themselves I less expected them to be ignoring laws and legislature simply because they have money and time on their side to strip the earth of resources before communities can make LEGITIMATE claims through the courts By which time it s too late to put the resources back in the ground Is it such a novel idea just to keep them thereI think people are beginning to think this way Most populations don t want to live next to a nuclear plant they don t want oil drilling in their back yard or racking on their doorstep Demonstrations at ground level have stopped some of these things rom happening and they re slowly pushing back the tide of these last wave extractions More needs to happen of course Saving one area at a time with protests is not enough and that s where some of the bigger ideas of this book come into play Living in a co operative society where that literally does what it says Changing the global dominance of the way the world runs when it s to the detriment of local jobs resources people animals and land Yet I don t see that things will change For things to be implemented as Naomi Klein suggests there would need to be a huge rethink on everyday life and a return to a simpler time For a start growing making and buying of local goods rather than buying products #That Have Flown Halfway #have flown halfway the world because someone else can produce them cheaper Free trade sounds like a positive thing halfway the world because someone else can produce them cheaper Free trade sounds like a positive thing it can also work against us We re running out of resources to ship these goods back and orth across the world and if we continue down this path of mass consumption things will eventually come to a head Coal oil and gas aren t inite resources they will run out By which time it will be too late to start mass investment of real green alternatives That needs to be happening right now If we wait another 50 or 100 years too much damage will have been done which can t be magically ixed More people will live in land stripped communities or be displaced The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School from rising sea levels or sufferrom repeated amines due to crop ailures The west won t be exempt either with increased natural disasters in the way of heat waves and The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School forestires or extreme hurricanes Perhaps in the The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense future there will be an even two tier society with the rich living in air conditionedlood defended earthuake resistant structures While the poor languish outside of these areas Think hurricane Katrina style disaster on a global scale year on year Or your avourite dystopian novels come true So what if all of this is wrong What if the 97 percent of scientists who tell us global warming is happening are actually mistaken What if it isn t all our ault it s actually a luctuation of earth s natural temperatures and there isn t really a problem Well in this case as Naomi Klein says we ll just have made the world a airer better place or everyone or no reason at all What a shame that would be Naomi s Klein s This Changes Everything is absolutely essential or understanding confronting and meeting the challenges of the 21st century I recommend it to everyoneNaomi Klein is known or her activism and her reporting on corporate malfeasance the misused power of corporations and the deleterious effects of unfettered global The Cake House free market western style capitalism unchainedrom any conceivable governance that might restrict profitability Profits irst above all else Protect shareholder interests increase shareholder wealthWith this her newest book This Changes Everything she turns to the conseuences that this unrestricted capitalism is having on the world at large Deregulated and globalized capitalism which destroys the middle classes across the world destabilizes societies increases ineuality and enriches the already antastically wealthy is ultimately threatening a lot than people and communities Our globalized capitalistic system now threatens the stability and resilience of the natural world our environment of which we are intrinsically and inseparably a part After speaking about her own reluctance to The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success face theacts about climate change a reticence to confront the reality of climate change and global warming and The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes focus on social issues she decided aew years ago that she must confront it and learn about it I agree these issues are too important to be left to so called environmentalists hippies tree huggers and such We must now all become environmentalistsKlein irst shows what really is happening across the world today as we strive to eed the god of economic growth and disregard the ugly sights of its victims the regular people the workers who lose their actory jobs in Ju rez and Windsor the workers who get the actory jobs in Shenzen and Dhaka jobs that are by this point so degraded that some employers install nets along the perimeters of roofs to catch employees when they jump or where safety codes are so lax that workers are killed in the hundreds when buildings collapse The victims are also the toddlers mouthing lead laden toys the Walmart employee expected to work over the Thanksgiving holiday only to be trampled by a stampede of renzied customers while still not earning a living wage And the Chinese villages whose water is contaminated by one of those coal plants we use as our excuse or inaction as use as our excuse or inaction as as the middle class of Beijing and Shanghai whose kids are orced to play inside because the air is so Tacos foul Her conclusion is startling the bottom line is what matters here our economic system and our planetary system are now at war Or accurately our economy is at war with manyorms of life on earth including human life What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction in humanity s use of resources what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion Only one of these sets of rules can be changed it it s not the laws of nature The philosophy and the worldview that got us here began with the European scientific revolution a revolution of thought which changed humankind s relation to the natural world For all that the scientific revolution has done vastly increasing the life chances of billions of people across the past The Marshall of Sentinel few centuries changing our very civilization and reshaping our societies in the span of just aew generations the scientific worldview also estranged us Flowering Of The Soul: Women's Prayers from the natural world by placing us outside of it as the impartial observer which can meddle with the world yet not be affected by it The steam engine allowedor power generation anywhere it went regardless of weather in rain and sun regardless of its surroundings This engine and its progeny changed the world in Urban Slavery in Colonial Mexico: Puebla de los Ángeles, 1531–1706 (Cambridge Latin American Studies) fact built the modern world But the whole time these engines of the modern world were powered byossil The Poppy Seed Cakes fuels Fuels that are non renewable energy intensive reuire extractionrom the ground by way of the coal and oil and natural gas industry And they expel carbon dioxide and other gases and pollutants into the atmosphere For hundreds of years extractivism has treated our natural world as a vast warehouse that we can take The House at Midnight from indefinitely We view lakes andorests and oceans as resources a phrase that belies the economic nature of our view of them Our lakes and The Garden Plot forests really just resources like bank accounts and wallets to be withdrawnrom This cannot continue indefinitely and our methods of extraction have gotten continually costly destructive and noxious The The Psychologist's Book Of Self-Tests: 25 Love, Sex, Intelligence, Career, And Personality Tests Developed By Professionals to Reveal the Real You figures onracking alone are horrifying including the pumping of millions of gallons of water and over 190 toxic chemicals 8000 The First Four Notes feet underground in order toracture solid rock and have it expel natural gas Whole mountain chains along with their lora and auna are absolutely annihilated to extract coal shale and natural gas Most insultingly the The Black Cat Knocks on Wood flora andauna the orests and animals are labeled overburden to the racking companies The results on human populations are also ugly mothers living in the areas with the most natural gas development were 30 percent likely to have babies with congenital heart defects than those who lived in areas with no gas wells near their home They also The Senator's Wife found some evidence that high levels of maternal exposure to gas extraction increased the risks of neurological defects to learn aboutracking see GaslandThe oil natural gas mining and logging companies multinational in nature have expeditions on every continent If they are stopped in one country they can resort to The C.S.I. Effect free trade treaties and plead that restrictions on mining is againstree trade And they simply go elsewhere to where the locals are too poor. That are clouding climate debateYou have been told the market will save us when in act the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day You have been told it's impossible to get off ossil The Slide fuels when inact we know exactly how to do it – it just reuires breaking every rule in the 'free market' playbook You have also been tol. ,

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