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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 01:06 PM
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Noam Chomsky: How Climate Change Became a 'Liberal Hoax'
from The Nation:




Watch: http://www.thenation.com/video/158093/noam-chomsky-how-...


In this sixth video in the series Peak Oil and a Changing Climate from The Nation and On The Earth Productions, linguist, philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky talks about the Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute and other business lobbies enthusiastically carrying out campaigns to try and convince the population that global warming is a liberal hoax. According to Chomsky, this massive public relations campaign has succeeded in leading a good portion of the population into doubting the human causes of global warming.

Known for his criticism of the media, Chomsky doesn't hold back in this clip, laying blame on mainstream media outlets such as the New York Times, which will run frontpage articles on what meteorologists think about global warming. Meteorologists are pretty faces reading scripts telling you whether its going to rain tomorrow," Chomsky says. "What do they have to say any more than your barber? All this is part of the medias pursuit of fabled objectivity.

Of particular concern for Chomsky is the atmosphere of anger, fear and hostility that currently reigns in America. The publics hatred of Democrats, Republicans, big business and banks and the publics distrust of scientists all lead to general disregard for the findings of pointy-headed elitists. The 2010 elections could be interpreted as a death knell for the species because most of the new Republicans in Congress are global warming deniers. If this was happening in some small country," Chomsky concludes, "it wouldnt matter much. But when its happening in the richest, most powerful country in the world, its a danger to the survival of the species.


http://www.thenation.com/video/158093/noam-chomsky-how-...



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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 01:10 PM
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1. I would differ with Chomsky that the species is threated
Humans will make it through, but there's going to be death, dying, and slaughter of biblical proportions.
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jtuck004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 06:15 PM
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2. I will bookmark this, and we can get back in a couple thousand
years, see if this hyphothesis holds up.

These humans have only been around for a very small time, in planetary terms, so I am not sure this is a given.
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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 07:29 PM
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3. We made it through the Toba supervolcano ...
... so I suspect humans will survive in a much hotter 21st century, and centuries to come.

There are going to billions of humans dead and many species of plants and animals extinct, so this is not a happy, light, future.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-11 05:10 AM
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6. Depends on where DU is and whether or not they will make backups.
:P
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cprise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-11 02:48 PM
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4. The species is threatened
And here is one possible scenario published in 2006 by Scientific American:

http://www.chicagocleanpower.org/ward.pdf

Summary: Increasing anoxia from global warming results in an explosion of anoxic bacteria that take over the oceans, spewing hydrogen sulfide gas that kills most animal life on the planet. Seems its happened naturally in the very distant past (pronounced global warming -> H2S extinction) and I don't see why a man-made global warming trend wouldn't trigger the same thing.
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GliderGuider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-11 03:11 PM
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5. Read Peter Ward's "Under a Green Sky" for a good look at that.
Paging Dr. Canfield, your ocean is ready...
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Strelnikov_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-11 08:12 AM
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7. Thanks for posting
Sounds interesting.
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