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.