Fresh water supplies are going to be scarce in many coastal cities as seas rise. On land corporations are permanently polluting and destroying fresh water aquifers surface water drainage system and in the process of fracking for profitable fossil fuels. If planning and immediate action is not undertaken now to conserve and protect fresh water supplies, fresh water will become dangerously scarce in the years and decades ahead.
Fracking may make fossil fuel interests enormous profits, but the fracking processes that generate those profits are are devastating water supplies and subjecting affected areas with permanent contamination by known carcinogens and other chemicals whose precise identity is hidden from the public as corporate “trade secrets.”
Fox’s Stuart Varney Debate with Anti-Fracking Activist EXPLODES: ‘The Interview Is Over!’
Imagine what would happen when you put anti-fracking activist Josh Fox in the same room as Fox Business Network host and pro-fracking activist Stuart Varney and expected them to have a thorough debate on the controversial natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing.
If you guessed that the conversation quickly turned hostile and ended early, you would be correct.
For context: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a study last week that claimed in its executive summary that there is insufficient evidence to suggest “fracking” has caused widespread environmental issues largely related to drinking water. The study has been used by pro-fracking camps as proof that the practice does not, for instance, cause drinking water to become flammable (as Josh Fox’s Gasland film famously claimed); and anti-fracking activists like Fox have countered that the study was clearly not intended to be comprehensive.
While appearing on Varney & Co. this morning, the Gasland director suggested the EPA tempered its findings with the aforementioned executive summary so as to not to hurt the White House or President Barack Obama‘s overall energy strategy.
“You think this administration wants to frack?” Varney incredulously asked in return. “That’s news to me.”
The spirited debate became intense, however, when Fox brought up that Varney had mentioned off-air, during commercial break, that he owns land in Upstate New York and would not allow fracking under his property.
Despite the science and the summits, leading capitalist states have not achieved anything close to an adequate level of carbon mitigation. There is now simply no way to prevent the planet breaching the threshold of two degrees Celsius set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. What are the likely political and economic outcomes of this? Where is the overheating world heading?
To further the struggle for climate justice, we need to have some idea how the existing global order is likely to adjust to a rapidly changing environment. Climate Leviathan provides a radical way of thinking about the intensifying challenges to the global order. Drawing on a wide range of political thought, Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann argue that rapid climate change will transform the world’s political economy and the fundamental political arrangements most people take for granted. The result will be a capitalist planetary sovereignty, a terrifying eventuality that makes the construction of viable, radical alternatives truly imperative.
How do we build a society without fossil fuels? Using her native Costa Rica as an example of positive action on environmental protection and renewables, climate advocate Monica Araya outlines a bold vision for a world committed to clean energy in all sectors.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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