Still on Track for the Collapse of Modern Civilization

Collapse of Industrial Civilization

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Two recent pieces of scientific evidence really hammer home the predicament of modern industrial civilization, and they have to do with the fact that our globalized, just-in-time economic model is hopelessly wed to carbon-based energy. Once one understands this, then there can be no delusions about why we are on such a catastrophic trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions. As was explained in a previous post, GDP is fundamentally and directly linked to CO2 emissions. Below, two graphs(click to go to source) illustrate this fact:

C02 emissions since 1850 (red); exponential growth (blue); cuts to hit climate target (dashed).

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It’s not really about evil fossil fuel companies, although they do certainly exert enormous political clout and do conspire to protect their business model by doing such things as spreading doubt on climate change science, but as with all corporations, externalizing social and environmental costs is endemic to the profit system and the coercive forces of competition in capitalist markets.

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One thought on “Still on Track for the Collapse of Modern Civilization

  1. Joe Hockey, abroad, stated Australia, is one of the most energy saving country in the world, the facts show otherwise, that Australia, is one of the biggest polluters, of the world, when you have leaders in power like him, what chance is their of avoiding big time crises? the present leaders of Australia, will lie with impunity, Australia, after living here for almost forty years, is a cesspool of lies, deceit, braggers, I have ever known, having not been out of this country for this time, I am no longer sure if this is world wide? if so that makes it worst.

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