an abbreviated history of fossil fuels, by the post carbon institute, from which i also posted this excellent analysis on growth. the title of this video sums up my idea of the near future quite well: ‘the next ten years will be very unlike the last 10 years.’
PCI’s point is that, we have to learn four things very fast:
- – learn to live without fossil fuels
- – adapt to the end of economic growth as we know it
- – support 7 billion humans and stabilize population
- – deal with our legacy of environmental destruction
a recent video exposing koch industries yet again as environmental polluters: you can actually see steam coming from the water that is downstream from their factory in arkansas. the video shows several people suffering from cancer, which they claim to be a direct result of the polluted water.
what’s even crazier is that david koch actually had cancer himself, and even funded a cancer research center. but to stop pollution and get rid of a major source of cancer in the first place would probably cut too deep into their profits.
in case you haven’t heard of koch industries, it’s because they make it their business to stay out of the spotlight (probably with good reason). however, they are among the major air polluters in the US, as shown by this university of massachusetts study. even bloomberg, a fairly conservative medium, exposed koch industries’ sketchy business practices, including making illicit payments to win contracts, trading with a terrorist state, fixing prices, neglecting safety and ignoring environmental regulations.
koch industries is also a major cimate change denier, which is understandable as their wealth stems from the oil business. to say that they have oiled the denial machine is quite an understatement; it’s more like they were involved in building it:
[UPDATE: the koch brothers are also major supporters of the keystone XL pipeline, as naomi klein end bill mckibben recently pointed out. in case it’s unfamiliar to you, i blogged about keystone XL before]
“People, the Earth is not a Trash Can.” – Josh Trager, Kyle XY Series
Sculpture in photo by Tim Noble and Sue Webster, “Dirty White Trash [With Gulls]”