I attended a 350.org meeting tonight.
One group A group presenting there called “Fighting Against Natural Gas” applauded themselves for assailing Senator Whitehouse of Rhode Island for his supportive position on natural gas pipelines. Now, I am no friend of natural gas or pipelines. Indeed, I’ve spent a lot of my recent activist time opposing and impeding them. I think building any fossil fuel infrastructure is a completely stupid thing to do. Essentially, they who build it are very likely to eat the costs of doing so before they are reimbursed by revenues. How about that. And they’ll then want to get the political structure to reimburse them for their extraordinarily loss. Poor stupid babies. It’s like, well, they did not know how the free market actually works.
The trouble is that 350.org is either (a) apparently totally ignorant about the poltical process in the USA, or (b) is so enthralled with what they perceive to be their increase in political power, they are willing to impede the efforts of their former champions by silly public demonstrations.
Senator Whitehouse did this in the United States Senate:
and was the only official member of federal government to attend the Forward On The Climate rally in Washington, DC, in January 2013, which I attended:
350.org owes Senator Whitehouse an apology.
And if they can be so stupid on this, what else can you trust them on?
Added, 4th April 2015
My connecting 350.org with the opposition to Senator Whitehouse has been implicitly challenged in the comments. Where they were involved or supported is detailed at the following links:
- Tell Sen. Whitehouse Fracked Gas is not a climate solution
- Laugh Rioters Interrupt Fracking Champion Senator Whitehouse
- Capitalism vs the Climate
These links show additional evidence of Senator Whitehouse’s continued efforts to make the United States take responsibility for its damage to the atmosphere:
- In 83 Speeches, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Pushes For Climate Change Action
- Senators Call On Obama To Regulate Methane Emissions From Oil And Gas Development
Again, I am no supporter of any additional fossil fuel infrastructure development. But I think Senator Whitehouse has more than properly bought himself some slack and understanding from those trying to advance the United States on the most preliminary of steps towards ending its role bringing the climate change emergency down on our collective heads.
And, philosophically, I think the choice highlighted in one of the links above is just wrong: Capitalism vs the climate. No, by the logic of the proponents of that position, they are trying to convince the American public to give up their conveniences and comforts. That is a fool’s errand and is so absurd that, as I’ve written, it means they who hold it do not take the climate emergency seriously enough. I don’t for a moment expect any fossil fuel energy company to help any more than Kodak could achieve the present market use of the digital camera. (See my post above.) However, there are the strong counterexamples of Elon Musk through Tesla Motors and Solar City, Risky Business, Unilever, Branson’s The B Team, the Walt Disney Company, and Google.