By James Fortin The recent substantial failures of the for-profit power utilities in California and now Texas have several things in common. Their uniquely negligent acts have caused numerous deaths, damage and destruction to homes, and further deterioration of the natural environment. Whether by raging wildfires or frozen natural gas lines, the denying CEOs and … Continue reading Its and Ours: Central Maine Power Has a Climate Problem
By Paul Goettlich We’re told that a world without plastics is impossible to imagine. But 70 years ago, I lived with almost none of it. Modern humans lived without it for almost 200-thousand years. Now it’s plainly an existential threat to all life on Earth. And it’s literally everywhere. It’s impossible to overstate how much … Continue reading The Truth About Recycling Plastics
By James Fortin Both the Democratic Party and much of the major media have doted on the progressive steps the Biden administration will take regarding the climate crisis. While legislation addressing the climate catastrophe on our doorstep has not yet been forthcoming, Biden’s flurry of executive orders portray him as seriously addressing the issue. Indeed, … Continue reading Climate Carbon Net-Zero: Biden’s Fancy Footwork
Climate Crisis Commentary for June 2020 By JAMES FORTIN
By JAMES FORTIN Climate Crisis Commentary for May 2020.
By JAMES FORTIN Australia still has dinosaurs. We didn’t know what to make of this when we heard it. Thinking fossilized, we were mostly right. The “dinosaurs” were actually “dinosaur trees,” the very last remaining stand of prehistoric trees on that continent, heroically saved by firefighters during the recent Australian wildfires. But it isn’t the … Continue reading System Change Not Climate Change: Climate Crisis Commentary for April 2020
By JAMES FORTIN Some things change, some things don’t. Yet. Slowly, but steadily, the impact of global warming is becoming so visible and understandable that masses of people are recognizing a problem exists. But as entire countries and populations experience unending devastations, capitalist governments such as Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the U.S. and China … Continue reading System Change, Not Climate Change: Monthly Climate Crisis News Roundup
By JAMES FORTIN Paying for the important things first. As his company sped toward bankruptcy that jeopardized worker pension and health plans, the former chief executive of coal mining company Murray Energy set aside nearly $1 million for groups involved in climate change denial. Not knowing when he just might need a solid climate denialist … Continue reading System Change Not Climate Change: Monthly Climate Crisis News Roundup
By JEFF MACKLER Socialist Action’s 2020 candidate for the U.S. presidency Some 500,000 climate activists mobilized in Madrid by a broad array of NGO’s around the world demanded that the United Nations-sponsored COP 25 (Conference of Parties) agree on a series of critical measures to halt the world’s march to planet catastrophe. After eleven days … Continue reading “Bullshit!” at Madrid COP25 climate conference
By IAN ANGUS Climate & Capitalism editor Ian Angus spoke at an educational conference organized by Socialist Action Canada in Toronto, on November 16, 2019. His talk has been edited for publication. These sentences are from a recent report on the consequences of climate change: “Sea level rise, changes in water and food security, and … Continue reading Capitalism versus Life on Earth
By JEFF MACKLER The week of unprecedented massive and worldwide climate mobilizations that began on Friday, Sept. 20, represented an historic breakthrough in the consciousness of the world’s people. An estimated 7.6 million people in 185 countries from every continent on earth except Antarctica mobilized in unprecedented numbers to condemn the governments and politicians of … Continue reading Millions say: Change the system, not the climate!
By MICHAEL SCHREIBER The planet is burning, yet governments still express indifference, refusing to undertake the radical steps that will be necessary to avoid climate catastrophe. Accordingly, people around the world, led by students and youth, are taking to the streets in protest, focusing this month on global strikes. The catalyst for the protests took … Continue reading Millions march worldwide to fight climate change