USA elections: climate change and nuclear power ignored
Romney and Obama: Too Cowardly to Discuss What Really Matters, Truth Dig Oct 6, 2012 Andrew Rusk Acclaimed social philosopher Noam Chomsky wants you to know that presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are ignoring two of the gravest threats to humankind: climate change and nuclear war.
Chomsky points to a study from the Climate Vulnerability Monitor released in late September that found that the current predictions of the effects of global warming would be regressive for the world economy.
“The study was widely reported elsewhere but Americans have been spared the disturbing news,” Chomsky writes. The Democrats’ and Republicans’ official stances on climate change were reviewed in Science magazine’s Sept. 14 issue, he continues. “In a rare instance
of bipartisanship, both parties demand that we make the problem worse.”
In 2008, both party platforms had devoted some attention to how the government should address climate change. Today, the issue has almost disappeared from the Republican platform – which does, however, demand that Congress “take quick action” to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency, established by former Republican President Richard
Nixon in saner days, from regulating greenhouse gases. And we must
open Alaska’s Arctic refuge to drilling to take “advantage of all our
American God-given resources.” We cannot disobey the Lord, after all.
The platform also states that “We must restore scientific integrity to
our public research institutions and remove political incentives from
publicly funded research” – code words for climate science. The
Republican candidate Mitt Romney, seeking to escape from the stigma of
what he understood a few years ago about climate change, has declared
that there is no scientific consensus, so we should support more
debate and investigation – but not action, except to make the problems
more serious. “….
As for nuclear war, the U.S. would have the world believe that the
nations it has been threatening to bomb into the Stone Age pose a
greater threat to peace on earth than it or its equally scared and
belligerent allies. But victims of Western aggression in the region
know better. The hypocrisy is visible everywhere. Unlike Iran, Chomsky
writes, Israel “refuses to allow inspections or sign the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty. It has hundreds of nuclear weapons and
advanced delivery systems, and a long record of violence, aggression
and lawlessness, thanks to unremitting American support.”….
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