Being a handyman, I'm constantly reminded that dealing with the reality at hand demands remaining skeptical of my own pre-conceptions. For me it's easy to remain extremely skeptical of the Republican "ever increasing growth and profits" mindset, instead I've found more security (and prosperity) in abiding by down to Earth realities. Such as, it's not how much you earn, it's how much you spend, and such truisms.
I bring all this up because I'd like to share an essay of mine, three decades in the writing. I'm hoping it might help you get Earth's physical realities vs. human economic desires, into a more realistic perspective. Here I'm reposted it December 17, 2015 version. Enjoy.
Twenty years ago I came across a cartoon by Mike Keefe in the Denver Post that captured an attitude I had found all too pervasive among my fellow Americans: the attitude of entitlement and detached disregard for understanding how our global climate system operates.
Back then we were thinking about the Keeling Curve, to my eyes, the mother of all hockey stick graphs. Consider for a moment that before the industrial revolution our global climate system had its CO2 regulator slowly fluctuating between about 180 ppm (parts per million) to 280 ppm. And I mean slowly, taking around fifty thousand years to go from trough to peak (±100 ppm), with profound changes from ice ages to temperate periods.
Indeed, we were waking up to the fact that it was our own collective behavior and expectations driving this global problem; the escalating consumption we’d fallen in love with was the cancer that would continue raising our planet’s temperature. However, this dawning realization created a profound cognitive dissonance.
It follows that no weather event is independent of that overarching warming of our weather-making engine. So, what’s up with the wishful avoidance?
In The Republican War on Science, Chris Mooney tied together the disparate strands of the attack on science into a compelling and frightening account of our government’s increasing unwillingness to distinguish between legitimate research and ideologically driven pseudoscience.http://www.waronscience.com/book.php
Posted Nov 20, 2012 by Gregory Ferenstein
The GOP Congress is ready to attack science agency funding in 2015.
BY REBECCA LEBER March 29, 2015
Dozens of organizations are funded by ExxonMobil and its foundations that work to spread climate denial.
MOLLY BALL SEP 25, 2013
Can't say that I'm familiar with them, but it looks like something worth sharing.