Climate Politics

By pjain      Published July 30, 2021, 3:38 a.m. in blog Invest   

Part of Series Climate Change

Strategy of Politics and Industrial Fight against Climate Science

Serengeti strategy 2000-2020

Mann coined the term Serengeti strategy.

The term describes how industry special interests and their facilitators single out individual researchers to attack, in much the same way lions of the Serengeti single out an individual zebra from the herd. In numbers there is strength; individuals are far more vulnerable. .. I found myself in the crosshairs of industry-funded attack dogs looking to discredit the iconic symbol of the human impact on our climate…by discrediting me personally. The purpose of this strategy, still in force today, is twofold: to undermine the credibility of the science community, thus impairing scientists as messengers and communicators; and to discourage other researchers from raising their heads above the parapet and engaging in public discourse over policy-relevant science. If the aggressors are successful, as I have argued before, we all lose out—in the form of policies that favor special interests over our interests.

2016 Paris climate agreement went into force

This was the first comprehensive global deal to reduce heat-trapping pollution

The US was one of the first nations, along with China, to ratify the Paris Agreement.

This is part of a larger international treaty (the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change) signed by George H.W. Bush in 1992.

The Paris Agreement has rules, which we agreed to, including that once in effect, no country can withdraw from the agreement for at least four years.

Politics of Renewables

Renewables a massive Jobs opportunity

Do we want to be left behind in the great economic revolution of the 21st century? Or do we want to compete in the clean energy race, improving our international competitiveness and making our nation greater? Do we want to buy solar panels and wind turbines from China, or do we want to manufacture and sell them to China and everywhere else? - Michael E. Mann

Renewables cheaper than Fossil fuel energy

Politics of Transportation, EVs, CAFE Standards

EV are killing profitable SUVs/Trucks

Politics of Oil, Coal Lobbies and Conservatives - Republicans and Trump!

1970s ExxonMobile knew and suppressed Climate Change

ExxonMobil senior scientist James F. Black in recently unearthed internal documents from the 1970s had warned about severe climate change and "Once the effects are measurable, they might not be reversible."

Even 50 years later, no one has held the oil companies for their politics and lobbying for delaying and fighting effective action against devastation of climate change.

This follows the textbook strategies of followed by the big gun lobby since 1920s, and tobacco since 1950s - claiming the science was defective.

  1. Dangerous deflection
  2. Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People, and Trump's "Mental disease is behind shooters" not easy access to guns even by high schoolers!

  3. “Doubt is our Product” as read one of the Brown & Williamson tobacco company’s internal memos.

  4. "MAKE IT A MORAL ISSUE" about individual repsonsibility. The sugar lobby, tobacco, and gun lobby blame "CHARACTER".

  5. The plastics and anti-recycling campaign had a massive clever early 1970s “Crying Indian” ad ironically pointing out bottle and can waste littering our countryside. It was a deliberate massively funded deflection campaign engineered by the beverage industry, which sought to point the finger at us, rather than corporations, emphasizing individual responsibility.

Trump and Republicans support Coal, Oil

Trump & Republicans against CAFE standard tightening

In 2016 the U.S. elected a president who has called climate change a hoax, and vowed to “cancel” the Paris agreement. If Trump were to pull out, our country would be an international outlaw, with consequences for our status among nations. We would also be relinquishing the leadership that prompts China and other nations to reach for more ambitious emissions reductions. Instead, the U.S. would become a dangerous impediment.

Trump has said he would block the Clean Power Plan, which would reduce utilities’ heat-trapping gas emissions and is at the heart of the U.S. commitment to the agreement. And he promises to reinvigorate the fossil fuel sector, just when global energy production is moving rapidly in the opposite direction, toward clean, inexpensive, renewable sources.

Drill-baby-Frack backing


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