The altar where the Koch Bros worship
As the Obama administration unveils its plan to slash carbon pollution from U. S. power plants, the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church and former top brass in the U. S. military have each issued proclamations in support of climate protection.
In recent weeks, Pope Francis and a group of 16 retired U. S. military admirals and generals called separately and unequivocally for action to safeguard humanity by protecting the planet…
Calling the exploitation and destruction of nature a “sin,” Pope Francis told his flock to see the Creation not as “property, which we can rule over at will,” but as “a gift.” He called on humanity to be “not Masters of Creation” but “Custodians of Creation.”
For their part, the former military leaders issued an update to their landmark 2007 report, which had branded global climate change “a threat multiplier,” aggravating stressors that breed terrorist activity and other forms of violence.
Now, just seven years later, citing the impacts of extreme weather, such as “prolonged drought and flooding – and resulting food shortages, desertification, population dislocation and mass migration, and sea level rise,” this elite group of three and four-star admirals and generals has come together again to warn that in many areas climate impacts will be more than threat multipliers: they will be “catalysts for instability and conflict.”
The former military leaders note that more than 97 percent of climate scientists agree that the world is warming and that human actions are the primary cause. They call for the United States to lead global efforts to develop a more sustainable and efficient energy system to slow the pace of destructive climate impacts…
Ignoring reality may be key to much of populist ideology – especially the bits and pieces ruled by fundamentalist nonsense – but, we move closer every day, every month, to a point in environmental time where some of the effects of man-made climate change become irreversible.
Phony conservatives who prate about fiscal responsibility now demonstrate the worst possible example of the ideal they pretend to hold to their heart of hearts. Hypocrisy appears to be an epidemic disease among the crowd who serve as willing servants to the fossil fuel industries whether paid directly – or clinging to their agitprop like a remora to a dying shark.
That the Pope embraces the evidence of science, that military leaders work to prevent war, is admirable. That politicians and pundits continue to pimp for the slimeballs oozing from the bilge of the Chamber of Commerce is disgusting.