Marvin University, Naomi Klein, Charleston discussed on Thom Hartmann


Marvin university book club today were reading from Naomi Klein's this is everything this from the introduction a voice came over the intercom with the passengers of flight flight three nine three five scheduled to depart Washington DC for Charleston South Carolina finally collect their carry on luggage and get off the plane it 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 little wheels were lodge so deep in fact that the truck the game to tow the plane away couldn't pry it loose airline and help the without the added weight of the plane's thirty five passengers the aircraft will be light enough to pull it wasn't someone posted a picture why is my flight canceled is DC is so damn hot that our planes sank four inches into the pavement eventually a larger more powerful vehicle was brought in to tell the plane and this time it worked the plane finally took off three hours behind schedule a spokesperson for the airline blamed the incident on very unusual temperatures temperatures in the summer tenth twenty twelve were indeed unusually hot as they were the year before and the year before it's no mystery why this is been happening the profligate burning of fossil fuels the on the very thing that US Airways was bound and determined to do despite the inconvenience presented by a melting tarmac this irony in 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 thirty nine thirty five from we embarking in continuing their journeys Norway's 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 when they happen to reside are metaphorically passengers on flight thirty nine thirty five Acer the crisis that threatens our survival as a species our entire culture is continuing to do the very thing that caused the crisis only with an extra dose of elbow grease behind like the airline bringing in a truck with a more powerful engine a tow that plane global economy is upping the ante from conventional sources of fossil fuels even during here arm and more dangerous versions Bitterman from the Alberta tar sands oil from deep water drilling gas and hydraulic fracturing fracking coal from detonated mountains and so on while each supercharge natural disaster produces new irony laden snapshots of a climate increasingly inhospitable the very industries most responsible for its warming like a twenty thirteen historic floods in Calgary that forced the head offices of the oil companies mining the Alberta tar sands to go dark.

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