Quote of the Day

“So to me, what’s interesting about it is that this catastrophe that occurred and the manmadeness of it, there wasn’t a single – there is no conspiracy single bad person that you can say “It all goes on them.” It’s us.

This is what we are capable of doing if we delude ourselves with an arrogance that we don’t have to pay much attention to what the climate, and what the land, and the environment is trying to tell us. We can look at these plants that grow that far from the ground and send roots five feet down and say, “We can turn these over and plant wheat and everything will be fine.” Well, it doesn’t work that way. It just doesn’t. And you’re gonna get caught up and somebody’s gonna pull your undies at some point on it, on the Great Plains particularly.” Dayton Duncan, producer of the new Ken Burns documentary, The Dust Bowl

There’s a parallel here to the continued apathy regarding the climate crisis — especially in the face of the extreme weather of the last 10 years. I fear that instead of changing our lifestyles and investing in clean energy, we’ll simply hunker down and invest in infrastructure to protect us from the climate catastrophe that’s underway — instead of demanding immediate changes in how we consume energy, we’ll simply move our houses farther from the coast.

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  • rob black

    There are literally so many parallels and ironies between that time and now, in the climate catastrophe, in the political world, in the economic situation, I expect Burns will soon be getting hammered as a socialist propagandist at Fox.
    One of the elderly narrators talks about how, when Roosevelt visited the region to let the people know that he hadn’t forgotten them, the few rich that were there …were the only ones that hated him. They called him a “socialist dictator”. Take that Obama.
    That same part of the country is in it’s third year of record drought. Lakes that haven’t been dry since the dust bowl, are now desolate.
    Politically, it is not only the reddest part of the country, but one that relies the most on the federal government through not only farm subsidies (started during the dust bowl), but oil subsidies and military bases.
    They have spent the time since the dust bowl, draining the aquifer that took nature thousands of years to fill….to water crops, insuring at some point in the future, they wont even have drinking water. Without action, the region is sure to become the “American Sahara”.
    There will be a hard rain falling for that region soon… unfortunately it will not be the kind they are hoping for.

    • BD

      Roosevelt, not a socialist dictator:

      On March 5, 1933 (day after being sworn into office) Roosevelt declared a “Bank Holiday”, forcing closure of the nation’s banks and halting of financial transactions. Then, on March 9, 1933 the Emergency Banking Act (giving Roosevelt power over “foreign transactions”) was pushed through legislature during the “holiday” panic. Furthermore, Roosevelt set gold prices daily by arbitrary “lucky” numbers. That is after confiscating all citizens gold under penalty of imprisonment. Roosevelt also threatened to “pack” the Supreme Court when they were to declare New Deal legislature as unconstitutional.
      There are several more instances where the FDR administration was given powers not traditionally delegated to a president. Most involving a legislature willing to give power away to a president which prolonged the Depression for over a decade.

      • D_C_Wilson

        Decades?

        You mean the Great Depression lasted until the 50s/60s?

        • BD

          It wasn’t until after 1946 when the economy actually recovered. Technically it spanned decades 1929-1946 but would be more like over a decade and a half. Edited immediately after posted

    • BD

      In the socialist efforts of FDR dictatorship he also successfully raised “the prices of food and clothing at a time when people were desperately poor…slaughtering some six million pigs and engaging in the destruction of enormous supplies of wheat and cotton”. http://mises.org/freemarket_detail.aspx?control=355
      Now fit that bit of facts into the beloved “Grapes of Wrath” fiction. Devout Marxists like Steinbeck would love to have readers believe that farmers intentionally destroyed crops and livestock in an effort to raise prices, but this was in fact done by the government.

  • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

    …instead of demanding immediate changes in how we consume energy, we’ll simply move our houses farther from the coast

    It’s already beginning to happen….look how few people returned to New Orleans and the Mississippi Coast. Buy property in AZ now, because by the time your grandchildren come along, it might be beachfront property. /sigh

    • BD

      Maybe these people actually wised up and decided NOT to purchase property in flood zones.
      By the way, why is manmade global warming, oops, I mean “climate change” the result of all disasters? How are our SUV’s causing Pluto and Mars to have global warming? You seem to have bought into another scam to penalize every human for their very existence.
      Yes, we pollute the hell out of this planet at an alarming rate. There are numerous reasons why this happens. Suppression of Tesla “free energy” technology might be a start. The government does not respect property rights otherwise the oil spill catastrophes would have completely ended such companies financially. But, the government does not hold these corporation to complete financial liability so risk is not as much of a concern. Governments across the globe claim the right to loan out land with resources to corporations which have no vested interest in practicing conservation because they do not own the land. Therefore the resources are depleted at a rate that is outside of market influences, because a group of criminals claim ownership of the land, most of whom will be dead or at least out of office before the land is destroyed completely.
      Get off the global warming religion and look at property rights. You cannot expect a group of criminal thugs to protect anything but their established power. Government officials will only state such rhetoric to buy your vote and further enslave humankind.

  • MrDHalen

    I can show you 50 million reasons why we can’t get anything done on global climate change.

    Personally, I think we’re pass the stopping part and well into the how much damage will be done and how much our daily lives will change.

    • MrDHalen

      Think about it, if America led on this, the world would follow. China would follow just because of the industry. India could be pushed by the rest of the planet.

      But, 50 million Americans are holding up planetary progress for the 6 or 7 billion (whatever we’re at these days) rest of us. That really sucks!

  • agrazingmoose

    Crop rotation is essential to farming. Monsanto decided that it couldn’t sell so many insecticides and megatons of fertilizer, so they influenced farming practices and farm policy.

    Simple as that. One of the worst corporations in the world is killing off its customers.

    Who woulda thunk?

    • BD

      Works great if their intention is depopulation.

  • D_C_Wilson

    We’re already passed the point where we can prevent the climate crisis. At best, we can hope to mitigate it somewhat. Hunkering down and investing in infrastructure to protect us are going to be necessary.

    But republicans will continue to do everything they can to block any efforts at mitigation or protecting us until Savannah, Georgia is a literal savanna.