Article: Mike Davis, Welcome to the Next Epoch

Tomgram: Mike Davis, Welcome to the Next Epoch

Tomdispatch.com
26 June 2008

“For those who didn’t happen to notice, perhaps because it wasn’t exactly front-page news in most of the country, NASA’s James Hansen, the man who first alerted Congress to the dangers of global warming 20 years ago, returned to testify before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming this week. This time around, he was essentially offering a final warning on the subject. Unless the U.S. begins to act soon, he pointed out, “it will become impractical to constrain atmospheric carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas produced in burning fossil fuels, to a level that prevents the climate system from passing tipping points that lead to disastrous climate changes that spiral dynamically out of humanity’s control.”

For the “elements of a ‘perfect storm,’ a global cataclysm” being assembled, he placed special blame on the “CEOs of fossil energy companies [who] know what they are doing and are aware of [the] long-term consequences of continued business as usual.” He added that they should, in his opinion, “be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature… I anticipate testifying against relevant CEOs in future public trials.” That’s a novel thought in our nation’s capital. Oh, and while he was at it, he probably should have thrown in George W., Dick C., and crew. What they haven’t done (and what they’ve blocked from being done) over these last eight years may turn out to be their greatest crime of all. Talk about smoking guns… or is it melting ice?”

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174949

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