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Tue May 13, 2014, 05:47 PM

Climate change denial as potentially sound Strategy for the 0.001%

Okay, stipulate climate change with profound world-damaging effects, and that climate change denial is intellectual Astroturf supported by moneyed interests...

Why would anyone be so disinterested in the welfare of their own children and grandchildren?

Well, for the FOX addicts and other RW types a lot of it is just the thrill if being in a cult and denying science (which is ungodly), and generally doing the selective-skeptic thing.

But what about the folks paying for the Astroturf? Surely the super-rich have advisors to tell them the truth. So why do the super rich fund making their grand-kids world worse?

The reason is not surprising, or even irrational within a set of perverse ethical sensibilities. That is, it is easy to see why they think that way given human nature, and they may even be right if they reckon that climate change will only elevate their progeny even higher over the average person.

This, like everything I think about everything, is influenced by the selfish gene theory (aka fact, since it's almost a tautology) that what is good for the individual is not the same as what is good for the species, or visa-versa.

Setting aside the "potential human extinction" crowd, who honestly don't seem grounded in any sort of reality, we are talking about a future world with huge problems and billions of deaths, but it will continue to be just fine for Billionaires. Seriously. It will.

In fact, they seem to do pretty well in a crisis. It is pretty certain that the average human condition will be adversely affected but isn't obvious that climate change will be bad for the people who thrive on every crisis that shakes money loose from "weak hands."

Make all the money you can and fuck the planet may be a sound approach for a family line. Life will be waaay better for a billionaire in 2085 than it is for the average person today.

And they are in it for themselves, their blood and more broadly their class.

They will continue to obstruct as long as they perceive their being money in it. IMO.

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Reply Climate change denial as potentially sound Strategy for the 0.001% (Original post)
Zutak May 2014 OP
haywire May 2014 #1
Argentina May 2014 #2
Zutak May 2014 #3
EGTrise May 2014 #4
Mr Happy May 2014 #5

Response to Zutak (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 05:55 PM

1. Well, you've pretty much got it covered


I'll just throw in that climate change is going to inconvenience a lot of people, and by nature people don't like to be inconvenienced. Therefore it's easier for deniers to bury their heads in the sand (and take cover beneath all the bullshit being spoon fed to them by faux noise).

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Response to Zutak (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 06:22 PM

2. Well said. Billionaires, because of the money their descendants will inherit, know that they'll

be better equipped than everyone else to deal with the calamities caused by climate change. And when their fortunes are produced by dealing in fossil fuels greed plays a role, too.

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Response to Argentina (Reply #2)

Tue May 13, 2014, 06:25 PM

3. Yes, I am assume they figure they can make enough today to

pay for tomorrow.

They are raking it in so nicely today so any change is threatening.

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Response to Zutak (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 08:17 PM

4. The current value of "proved reserves"

of oil still in the ground is around $100 trillion. That's trillion with a "t". That doesn't include gas and coal.

Anything that might interfere with extracting and selling that oil (and gas and coal as well) will be opposed. That kind of money will buy a lot of denial.

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Response to Zutak (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 08:18 PM

5. TMTR. can you summarize?

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