Us Airways, Alberta Tar Sands, Nita Marvin University Book Club discussed on Thom Hartmann
Our mountain treasures. Its Nita Marvin University Book Club Today we're reading from Naomi Klein's brilliant This Cane is everything this from the introduction A voice came over the intercom with the passengers of Flight Flight 3935 scheduled to depart Washington D. C for Charleston, South Carolina, finally collect their carry on luggage and get off the plane. I went down the stairs and gathered on the hot tarmac, and they saw something unusual. The wheels of the US Airways jet had sunk into the black pavement as if it was wet cement. The wheels were lodged so deep, in fact, that the truck that came to tow the plane away couldn't pry it loose. Airline and hope that without the added weight of the Plains, 35 passengers the aircraft would be light enough to pull it wasn't someone posted a picture. Why is my flight cancelled? Is D C. It's so damn hot that our planes sank four inches into the pavement. Eventually, a larger, more powerful vehicle was brought in to tow the plane, and this time it worked. The plane finally took off three hours behind schedule. Spokesperson for the airline blamed the incident on very unusual temperatures. Temperatures in the summer attempt, 2012 were indeed unusually hot as they were the year before and the year before. It's no mystery. Why this has been happening. The profligate burning of fossil fuels the only Very thing that US Airways was bound and determined to do despite the inconvenience presented by melting tarmac. The irony of the fact that the burning of fossil fuels is so radically changing our climate that it's getting in the way of our capacity to burn fossil fuels did not stop the passengers of Flight 39 35 from re embarking and continuing their journeys. Nor was climate change mentioned in any of the major news coverage of the incident. I'm in no position to judge these passengers. All of us who live high consumer lifestyles, wherever we happen to reside are metaphorically passengers on flight 39 35. Faced with a crisis that threatens our survival as a species. Our entire culture is continuing to do the very thing that caused the crisis on Lee with an extra dose of elbow grease behind it. Like the airline, bringing in a truck with a more powerful engine to tow. That plane, global economy is upping the ante from conventional sources of fossil fuels, even dirt here and more dangerous versions. Bitterman from the Alberta Tar Sands oil from deep water drilling. He asked him hydraulic fracturing fracking pole from detonated mountains and so on. Meanwhile, each supercharged natural disaster produces new irony laden snapshots of acclimate increasingly inhospitable to the very industry's most responsible for its warming. Like the 2013 historic floods in Calgary that forced the head offices of the oil companies mining the Alberta Tar Sands to go dark and send their employees home while a train carrying flammable petroleum products teetered on the edge of a disintegrating rail bridge. Or the drought hit the Mississippi River one year earlier, wishing water levels so low that barges loaded with coal and oil. We're unable to move for days while they waited for the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge a channel. I had to appropriate funds allocated to rebuild from the previous year's historic flooding along the same waterway. Or the coal fired power plants in other parts of the country that we're temporarily shut down is the waterways that they draw into cooler machinery worry the too hot or too dry or, in some cases, both Living with this kind of cognitive dissonance is part simply part of being alive. In this jarring moment of history in a crisis we have been.