Put oil firm chiefs on trial, says James Hansen

James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer. Put oil firm chiefs on trial, says leading climate change scientist

There’s a definite restlessness in the natives these days, but I’m not holding my breath on this one either. Unless this world categorically rejects the paradigms of greed and money (that means you too Savinar), then these calls for “justice” will continue to fall on deaf ears.

Here’s what’s probably going to happen: We’re going to literally “drive” this planet right into the ground. Period. End of story. The last man alive will be some greedy, soulless bastard sitting on top of a pile of soup cans in his Humvee with a roof mounted .50 caliber machine gun.

What still bugs the hell out of me is everyone, myself included, is doing too little, too late, because we’re refusing to acknowledge the full expected effects of climate change and related, global resource depletion. Entire ecosystems are collapsing around the world while we still twiddle.

I can’t do enough alone, never had the means, age or time, but I sure would have liked to. You’d think with all the evidence that we have now gathered in the past 20+ years, we’d start to understand what this means for all life on earth. Somebody should be spearheading a full-blown lifeboat community (absent all the religious claptrap that earmarks most).

On the other hand, homo sapiens have amply demonstrated that they are singularly unfit for this planet. Too bad they are going to wipe out everything else before they extinguish themselves.

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3 thoughts on “Put oil firm chiefs on trial, says James Hansen

  • June 23, 2008 at 11:41 am
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    On the last man/woman standing.. I don’t know any greedy people who can tolerate their own company long enough to lay low. I would guess they’d be more likely to keep venturing out to get one big ‘last’ score.

    While we might not enjoy working alone because it’s frustrating and hard to get much accomplished(Thank You everyone.), greedy people can’t exist alone. It seems like sociopaths need audiences and victims like we might need food.

    I doubt most would have the slightest hint that they don’t even know how to live without that emotional rush of ripping off people.

    Personally, I believe survival favors those with more awareness and a higher tolerance for hard work, boredom, and frustration.

    We didn’t create the earth. ..just more human arrogance to assume that we could destroy it? May she use our ashes wisely.

  • June 23, 2008 at 12:01 pm
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    It’s not to late to start your own cult of personality. Be the last man standing, your very own Lord Humongous (ala “The Roadwarrior”).

    It’s what Matt Savinar used to claim he wanted to do (see old The Oil Drum posts, for instance).

    As a side note, I saw in interview with one George Miller, the Australian writer and director of ‘Mad Max’ and ‘The Roadwarrior’ films. He spoke of the themes of those films in terms of science fiction, written during and immediately following the 1970’s oil shocks, and yet now it looked like they were becoming science fact, much to his chagrine.
    He went on to say that the premise of the films revolved around his opinion that people would do anything, ANYTHING to keep the cars in motion, and mankind riding around on/in them, and would prey on their fellow man to make this happen, devolving into barbarians, animals, and that governments and corporations would react too little, too late, failing to develop alternative infrastructures or ease people out of that old paradigm.
    I found it interesting to say the least.

  • June 23, 2008 at 5:43 pm
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    So much deception, so little truth.
    So many vermin, so little rat poison.
    So many traitors, so few guillotines.
    So much death, so little living.

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