NYT's, Betsy Rosenberg & D.R. Tucker
Updated: Aug 26, 2021
"We cannot fail. If we fail, humanity dies. The stakes are indeed that high." This is what Betsy Rosenberg and D.R. Tucker reminded major media to plain old folks like myself. Please read, watch as there is hope coming your way every day!
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The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is nothing short of a documentation of crimes against humanity--crimes committed with reckless disregard and wanton indifference by a rapacious fossil-fuel industry and its political and media allies. They have slaughtered and will continue to slaughter with impunity unless they are stopped.
Defeating the fossil-fuel industry and its political and media allies is the most significant moral cause of this generation. This is not the first time ordinary men and women have had to confront an extraordinary challenge. Those who opposed chattel slavery had to summon the courage and will necessary to conquer the forces of human subjugation. Those who opposed fascism had to summon the courage and will necessary to conquer the forces of murderous totalitarianism. Those who opposed apartheid in Africa and in America had to summon the courage and will necessary to conquer the forces of race-based dehumanization. Those who opposed terrorism had to summon the courage and will necessary to conquer the forces of ideologically driven hate.
It will take an equal amount of courage and will to bring down the fossil-fuel industry and its political and media allies, to finally conquer what President Obama once called “the tyranny of oil.” It will also take tremendous effort--and tremendous optimism. We must be firm in our conviction that this war can and will be won.
We cannot fail. If we fail, humanity dies. The stakes are indeed that high.
If we fail, the despots win--the despots who polluted for profit while the public was punished, the despots who disparaged climate science and climate scientists while pumping disinformation into the media atmosphere, the despots who told us to ”Rely on the Tiger” while countless animals suffered and died due to the consequences of carbon pollution. If we fail, the bad guys get away with it.
The venomous nature of the fossil-fuel industry and its political and media allies cannot be overstated. These fiends obstructed climate and environmental justice, inflicting physical harm on vulnerable communities of color, bringing asthma and asphyxiation to the innocent poor; because of the consequences of carbon pollution, so many around the world cannot breathe.
These fiends fought aggressively against even the most moderate efforts to mitigate the impacts of human-caused climate change, destroying the careers of politicians of conscience such as Bob Inglis and Mike Castle in the United States. These fiends used their prodigious advertising power to intimidate media power-brokers, convincing them that comprehensive climate coverage is a “palpable ratings-killer.”
Comprehensive climate change is not a “palpable ratings-killer.” However, failure to comprehensively cover climate change will indeed palpably kill people. If we are not informed of the threat we face, how will we guard against this threat?
Imagine if, on September 12, 2001, major newspapers did not report on the terror responsible for knocking down the towers. That would be profoundly irresponsible, no? It is every bit as irresponsible for mainstream-media outlets not to report on the terror responsible for knocking down glaciers, knocking down homes, knocking down towns, knocking down lives.
It is our mission to remedy this imbalance. It is our mission to expose and bring to justice those who wrecked our planet for wanton profit. It is our mission to ensure that healing and health will finally be restored to this Earth.
In his seminal speech “Beyond Vietnam,” delivered one year to the day before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared:
We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood -- it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, "Too late." There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect...If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight. Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world.
We are at war with the fossil-fuel industry and its political and media allies--and victory is every bit as important as it was for the Union during the American Civil War and for the Allies during World War II. This is a war to save the world...a war that must, and shall, be won.
This struggle will indeed be long and bitter. However, the end result--the defeat of the fossil-fuel industry and its media and political allies--will indeed be beautiful.
D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist and commentator. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Tucker was a contributor to the Washington Monthly’s “Political Animal” blog. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, Commonwealth Magazine, the Concord Monitor, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks. In addition, Mr. Tucker is a former co-host of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network’s “Climate Minute” podcast.
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