It’s officially election season, and (surprise) we’re off to a terrific start. There are plenty of very real short and medium term issues for the candidates to mold their ideologies around. Most notably, like much of the so-called “developed world,” the US has a jobs crisis, both in quantity and quality, that challenges modern capitalism for answers it does not have.
Yet at the same time, there is of course the undeniably accelerating crisis of human civilization, looming ever more visible on the horizon.
Isaac was no Katrina, but this year’s heat records and subsequent drought across the Western United States give new meaning to the phrase “red state,” as this map nicely illuminates:
In his February 10th essay, New York Times columnist Joe Nocera asked a simple question: “Can a person support the Keystone XL oil pipeline and still believe that global warming poses a serious threat?”
This is what the fight over Stranding Assets will look like.