Thursday Alternative


People who oppose a global shift to renewable energy sure have some funny ways of trying to make their case. Just last night, for example, someone emailed me to defend Sarah Palin’s comparison of climate change to eugenics, and to, in turn, accuse environmentalists of endorsing … genocide. His logic? Climate policy necessitates denying developing countries access to electricity, that electricity consumption is directly correlated with life expectancy. Take away fossil fuels, and you’ll have blood on your hands.

The accusation of genocide was a nice flourish, but this is actually a fairly common argument: Those wedded to fossil fuels often call upon a concern for the poor (a concern that, strangely enough, tends to disappear when the conversation turns to, say, food stamps). Media Matters has compiled some of those so-called crocodile tears for the poor in conservative media, from Fox News calling climate politics a way for “rich people” to “deny” resources to others to Rush Limbaugh suddenly caring about the economic growth of third-world countries.

The rub, of course, is that these countries are often at the highest risk of suffering the consequences of climate change: of seeing their low-lying homes engulfed by rising sea levels; of changing temperatures and weather patterns threatening food security and harming agriculture-dependent economics. The costs of both mitigating their contribution to climate change and preparing for its inevitable impacts, according to an Overseas Development Institute report, threatens some of these countries’ very ability to pull themselves out of poverty.


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22 Responses to Thursday Alternative

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Solar PV maybe quite good for Africa. Working well in India.


  2. Den says:

    We could all benefit if we could just release the vise grip BIG OIL has on all our lives.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Global greed.


  4. Carol says:

    I’m using Bobber’s computer right now, he’s doing something on mine. Just fed us eggs over easy, smoked sausage and toast. Mmm, mmm good! Eggs, in my top ten most favorite things to eat in this life.

    Went grocery shopping late morning, spent $200. Just like that. Blip, gone. Got more apples to make another Apple Crisp. Stocked up on Tomato soup at .69 a can. I’ll be ready to make stuffed cabbage when the mood hits me.

    Dishes soaking, better hop to it then it will be time to feed Quincy. Today is Jill’s half day but she always has appointments and places she needs to go, otherwise SHE would feed Quincy on Thursdays. Now I’ll have to cook another chicken tomorrow otherwise the one chicken would have fed Q all week.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Off by a week. Recycling was today.


  6. jim hitchcock says:

    Den, congrats on your WS champs.

    I don’t have to like it…:)


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    Alice was at the woodwind concert. 😊


  9. David B. Benson says:

    Stephanie stopped up from the Mimn party.


  10. David B. Benson says:

    Eight bells.

    Mimn party still in action.


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