Siloed Thinking, Climate, and Disposable People

Deutsch, Judith

Publisher:  Socialist Project
Date Written:  12/12/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23162

Judith Deutch takes a look at the human side of the climate disaster and the constricted way of thinking about it, as even those who do recognize anthropogenic climate change still do not examine a range of critical interactions.



The military's role in climate change is not in the Extinction Rebellion and the Green New Deal.The Sanders/Varoufakis Progressive International does not mention the military. Naomi Klein's new article enthusiastically supporting the Green New Deal refers to the shortcomings of Copenhagen but does not mention the military.

The direct emissions are staggering: the B-52 Stratocruiser uses roughly 3334 gallons/hour, the battleship USS Independence consumes 100,000 gallons of dirty bunker fuel/day. The Carter Doctrine locks in U.S. entitlement to fossil fuels, from anywhere in the world, for security reasons. The U.S. military has destroyed vast forest sinks in the Koreas, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and continues to destroy the soil carbon sink in post 9/11 wars. Emissions from its data centres may also be exempt (for perspective, in one month "the power consumed by the entire bitcoin network was estimated to be higher than that of the Republic of Ireland").

We should be frightened that the military "securitizes" climate change as a "threat multiplier." At this time of inevitable large-scale migration, borders are walled and militarized.

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