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Screw the Poor, Our Eyes are Fixed on Tomorrow

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Condemning people to grinding poverty is evil.

Anthony Kelly departed this world last Tuesday. Three days later, a short report he wrote for the Global Warming Policy Foundation was published. Titled Climate Change Policy and the Poor, it raises questions relevant to us all.

What issues are we spending huge amounts of money on? What other problems are losing the battle for our attention? As Kelly points out:

with global warming we are discussing the possibility that there will be a problem in the future… [italics in the original]

Despite the hypothetical nature of this concern, in Britain and elsewhere weighty laws have been passed, expensive regulations have been enacted, and enormous amounts of money are being spent. On a speculative problem that may – or may not – become serious decades hence.

This might make sense if those of us who already call this planet home all…

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2 Comments on “Screw the Poor, Our Eyes are Fixed on Tomorrow”

  1. sandcanyongal July 1, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Wow. Genuine prezel logic. The author has integrated the heating of our planet with helping the poor instead. Each are mutually exclusive issues. Either/or??? Come on get real.

    Here in the U.S. poverty and inequity where last address with Martin Luther King. He lost his life addressing inequity.

    I’m the person out front and center against industrial wind and solar because I believe it is too destructive to the environment and doesn’t solve the heating of our atmosphere with greenhouse gases. Furthermore, as I write oil and gas wells by the thousands are being drilled.

    But to pit the heating of our planet against poverty is juvenile. I’m not scientist and make no claims to be one. I rely on formally educated and experienced individuals to rely on to get my facts. The oil, gas and coal companies with their subsidized uber wealth spin tales that cast doubt that man has a hand in destroying our planet’s habitability. Perhaps those of you who are true believers should willingly move yourselves and your families near the coal, gas, oil and tar sands locations to prove that you believe these technologies are truly safe to continue to use as sources of power.

    I’ll leave anyone who reads this with an article I read along with the real facts. In rt a recent article covered a gas sinkhole and touted it as a tourist attract which would leave the readers to believe this was a natural event. After doing a bit of research it wasn’t the case at all. The Koch bothers’ father had a hand in it.

    A picture taken on May 3, 2014, shows people visiting “The Gateway to Hell,” a huge burning gas crater in the heart of Turkmenistan’s Karakum desert.

    Fred Koch, father to the infamous Koch brothers, brought oil and gas expertise to the USSR. Hubris: “overestimation of one’s own competence, accomplishments or capabilities” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubris If Soviet petrochemical scientists thought it was a large reserve, as the article indicates, shouldn’t they have known it wouldn’t burn off in a few days when they lit it afire? Did they not know or not care? Was there a better choice? There is something to be learned in the fact that the drilling rig disappeared into a sinkhole. Should this have been foreseen? Or, does it simply show that humans didn’t and don’t know as much as they think they know? The complexity of disturbing geology. A lot appears still unknown or untold about this case.

    The moral is this. Believe nothing your see or hear. Learn for yourselves.

  2. sandcanyongal July 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    Down to the business of the poor and poverty, At least in the U.S. many people feel they’re deadbeats who deserve to be poor. However, I don’t share that view. I work for a bankruptcy attorney and from my experience inability to earn a living, job loss and medical illnesses are key reasons why people fall into poverty. Sure there are losers out there for whatever multitude of reasons. I’d like to share an answer by a blogger.

    We had several generations of politicians who actually were capable of seeing poverty and who had, like Martin Luther King for his people, a dream of ending it.

    What we have now are politicians whose fetish is money, the most corrupting of all fetishes because it replaces all else as the focus of self-value in those individuals and by their policies in the society as a whole.

    When a society makes money the center of power it becomes the focal point, the determination of value. By that standard those who have money are good, and those who don’t aren’t and have no value. And those who have it, by the circular logic of those minds, got it all by themselves because they’re deserving with the help of no one and nothing else, or if with the help of “something else” because they’re good and deserving.
    And those in this world who don’t have money aren’t deserving. Those who are in poverty, by the judgment of this modern generation of Conservative politicians, deserve to be in poverty. They have no intention of “ending poverty.” They have every intention of enacting and enforcing policies that intensify the differences between our haves and our have nots by allowing those who have to have more which they will have by denying it to those who in their judgment just aren’t deserving.

    If they were deserving they’d have.

    Argument won. Welcome to the old deal previously known as The Gilded Age.
    Credit to John F. McBride, Seattle, WA

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/12/4554855/democrats-show-their-unwillingness.html#storylink=cpy

    Another man wrote a recent article that everyone is on welfare of some kind – welfare from their parents: free rent, free food, free clothing and education, free car maybe. Companies like Walmart get welfare because the government hand out for food stamps for their employees. Many companies receive government welfare throught subsidies – coal, oil, renewable energy companies all receive government grants, cash advances, tax credits, research money.

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