The world’s leading climate scientists warned last year that humanity only has until 2030 for global heating to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
According to Paul Krugman‘s latest opinion piece in The Times, the Trump administration has declared its intention to roll back Obama-era rules mandating a gradual rise in fuel efficiency.
Interestingly, the automakers aren’t listening. Instead, they’re opposing Trump’s deregulation, which they warn would lead to “an extended period of litigation and instability.” And several companies have gone beyond protesting. In a remarkable rebuke to the administration, they have reached an agreement with the State of California to comply with standards nearly as restrictive as the Obama-era rules even if the federal government is no longer requiring them.
Now, according to The Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department is considering bringing an antitrust action against those companies, as if agreeing on environmental standards were a crime comparable to, say, price-fixing.
Donny and the Sycophants have successfully weaponized the leadership at the Justice Department and stacked the courts. Even so, the band of criminals had to dig deep for a quasilegal reason to take the automakers to court. They found one in the threat of an anti-trust lawsuit.
The four companies and the California Air Resources Board announced the deal in July to signal support for keeping one, nationwide emissions standard. Justice Department officials believe the agreement could effectively restrict competition by potentially limiting the types of cars and trucks the auto companies offer to consumers, according to people familiar with the department’s thinking. Such an impact of the deal—potentially cutting production of sport-utility vehicles and crossovers that burn more gasoline—could cross legal lines, the people said.
The administration’s corrupt to the core argument rests on the idea of protecting consumers’ interests by insisting that low fuel efficiency trucks be made readily available.
It is hard to hang a gun rack in a Prius.
Driven to the Brink
Positive human beings with hope intact want to find ways to reduce natural resource extraction and use and find more equitable means of distributing both energy and food. Sadly, millions dwell in fear and are thus blinded to truths that will have their way, no matter what anyone denies or accepts.
Meanwhile, American commuters, on average, go 35 minutes each way to and from work each day. Did you know that 68 percent say their whole day could be ruined by a bad commute?
In addition to the stress of driving in stop-and-go traffic, there’s another heavy personal cost—the average commute costs Americans about $83 a week ($8.40 in tolls every day and $41 in gas each week).
FACT (from the EPA): A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
In the richest, most scientifically capable nation in the world, you’d think that we would have high-speed trains to carry the human load from place to place. You’d think that Americans of every political stripe would value innovation and efficiency, and that willful ignorance and deception of the masses would be discouraged, if not illegal.
Nope. Not when all that glitters is gold.
Scarcity Mindset Is Lethal
Eighty-four percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents say that climate change poses a major threat to the country, according to Pew Research figures released in August. The pervasive level of alarm indicates a vast increase in concern from just six years earlier when 58 percent of such voters said that climate change represented a threat to the country’s well-being.
In other words, more than eight in 10 Democrats and Dem-leaning indies, still retain common sense despite the relentless onslaught of state-sanctioned, corporate-motivated lies coming from people on TV. That’s good news. The bad news is on TV. I suggest you look away.
One lie that has been repeated over and over from the first days of the American colony is how there simply isn’t enough to go around. We, the People, never have enough money, we don’t have enough room for nonwhite immigrants, and we don’t have enough time to stop and help another human being out of their suffering, even when people are all around us calling out for assistance.
We are both a pitiful and noble people.
Scarcity is a mental trap we must escape from, but scarcity is also a reality when it comes to extracting natural resources. Whatever the resource—gold, oil, water—it’s finite. That’s the law of earth. Ergo, we, the People, are forced to innovate no matter who or what holds political power.
Why Poetry Matters
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote these lines at the start of the 19th century. Man has long been arrogant and man has long paid the price for his arrogance.
I don’t imagine there will be anything left of Trump Tower for future poets to reflect upon. His kingdom (and his tyranny), like all things, are dust in the wind.