Unless remarkable things happen (and there are signs they might) it will be the fossil fuel industry that owns control of the future state and ultimate fate of the planet. That sounds like an exaggeration, but if you follow the money and power and vote to their ultimate source of control, you’ll find the ham-fisted 500 pound gorillas like Exxon Mobil. Seeing them sitting there on the throne of power makes today’s self-destructive political nightmare make terrible sense.
Nobody makes the case more succinctly than Bill McKibben. If you missed his “new math of climate change” a few months back, nothing in it has changed. It still gives a by-the-numbers scenario of what will happen if we follow the master plan according to Big Oil-Coal-Gas.
But if all you have is three minutes, go to the YES! Magazine site and watch the 3 minute explanation (animated, like Story of Stuff) by McKibben about the terrible but very real dilemma we face for our children’s tomorrow: shift right away from the very thing that has driven civilization and “progress” for the past two hundred years. Or else.
This Draconian choice could have been avoided. We have seen it coming for most of my lifetime. We decided to do nothing. Since 1970, the oil, coal and gas mega-corporations have consolidated their massive fortunes to take control of the decision-makers in and out of government. They (and a few like Big Ag and BigPharma who share their bed and their energy-stock) are guarding the henhouse.
What say, fellow hens? Are we going to be content all the way to the end as along as they keep us driving with “cheap” gas and wearing $5 T-shirts from WalMart while we listen to their version of the truth on talk radio and network television? Does the energy conglomerate own the future? Are willing to give them a Do Not Resuscitate order as we pen our collective last will and testament?