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Is this the future that the Koch brothers envision?

Image: NRDC,.org

Image: NRDC.org

To the Koch-funded apologists for unfettered fossil fuel exploitation and consumption at Americans for Prosperity, there’s simply no end to the wonders that an ever-expanding carbon footprint can yield. Today, the group is promoting a TED talk-like video by another Koch ally in which he purports to make “the moral case for fossil fuels.” According to Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress, life is much better in places like China and India because of the wonders of fossil fuel consumption.

To which, all a sane person can say is: Maybe in some ways — but for how long?

As Yahoo News and several other sites have reported in recent days, Chinese top-one-percenters are leaving the country in droves. One of their chief motivations: to escape the horrendous pollution that afflicts the country.

“But realistically, economic opportunities do not top the list for many émigrés. China’s not an easy place to live. Wealthy Chinese parents are becoming increasingly concerned about raising kids in an environment with filthy air, not to mention a critical lack of clean water and constant food and beverage safety scandals.”

This makes obvious sense as the devastating reality of China’s horrendous air and water pollution is now common knowledge. If you doubt it, just ask a friend who’s been to Beijing.

All of which raises at the obvious question of how much more the planet can take of the kind of “economic miracles” envisioned by the Koch Brothers and their lackeys.

6 Comments


  1. Tim Peck

    July 15, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    If you drive a car, or use modern medicine, or believe in man’s right to economic progress you have already accepted Alex Epstein’s ‘Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.’ Keep this in mind, you use fossil fuels for almost everything you do. Like many Americans, I’m tired of the environmental lobby demonizing, denouncing and otherwise shaming energy production.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfKPeVr4mtY

  2. Rob Schofield

    July 15, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    By such logic, those who once benefited from the use of coal fired stoves in their homes or using hand cranks to start their cars couldn’t critique them, acknowledge their drawbacks and/or aspire to something better. Obviously, we’re all dependent on fossil fuels today, but there is nothing wrong with aspiring to advance human progress and well-being in a more sustainable way (or acknowledging the reality that technology marches on and that, indeed, it must if humans are to avoid suffocating in their own effluent).

  3. Bob Steel

    July 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Like many non-Americans I am equally tired of selfish, irresponsible, and wilfully ignorant Americans ____ing up the planet for everyone else by their ‘right’ to cause massive air pollution and runaway global warminmg

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    July 15, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    We need to expand our carbon footprint A LOT! According to scientists we are on the verge of a new ice age. Don’t know about you but I think the heat benefits humans more than cold.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3156594/Is-mini-ICE-AGE-way-Scientists-warn-sun-sleep-2020-cause-temperatures-plummet.html

  5. Pertains!

    July 15, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    How can any sane person really prefer nasty polluting fossil fuels over solar or wind generated energy?

    No one is expecting the total elimination
    of fossil fuels just hoping politicians maintain an open mind and realize other opinions also have value.

    Voting not to fund Solar and wind energy production makes the repubs look like they are being paid off.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    July 16, 2015 at 9:54 am

    So natural gas is “nasty polluting”? Last I heard it was pretty clean. Oil and the related forms they have been pretty clean for years and years as long as you maintain your car pretty well. And voting FOR solar and wind means they have been bought off by big energy….you really have to get out there and read about the huge lobbying efforts that have been enriching the politicians so that big business can keep their solar breaks.

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