[Marxism] Manuel Garcia Jr. on climate change
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Sun Mar 11 19:34:16 MDT 2012
A new MG,Jr article has appeared; and my blog
(http://manuelgarciajr.wordpress.com) and Internet bibliography have
been updated (in "About"). [more on article, further down]
The Asia Development Bank (HQ, Manila) used my hyperbolic tangent model
of the HDI-energy relationship (which I displayed in my EFHD Report 1,
which is now housed at the "Energy For Human Development" entry at my
blog) in their book “Energy for All: Addressing the Energy, Environment,
and Poverty Nexus in Asia.” This ADB book is available as a free PDF
I have put all my significant reports on the HDI-energy use correlation,
as well as on the probabilistic models of national energy-mix policy, in
PDF form and available at my "Energy For Human Development" blog entry.
My very recent article, "The Economic Function of Energy" was a
narrative presentation of my conclusions arrived at by EFHD modeling
(plus some suggestive future-casting). I am encouraged to think that an
organization like ADB has used my results (which appear specifically in
part 2, figures 32 and 33 of the ADB book).
Climate change is industrialized karma prompting humanity to evolve
uniformly equitable social behavior to survive.
Can humanity unite to stop climate change? I answer that question in the
The Righteous And The Heathens Of Climate And Capitalism
12 March 2012
APPENDIX: Athabasca Oil/Tar Sands
An excellent presentation by Garth Lenz on the Athabasca tar sands, on
Here are photographs of these bitumen deposits in Alberta, Canada (long
[Some comments follow on how I treated the above in "The Economic
Function Of Energy"]
BTW, my prediction about the Keystone XL pipeline was embedded in my
energy article in the current issue of Swans. I assumed/guessed that
Democrat rule will continue till 2016 (big assumption about the 2014
midterm there), mainly because of positive economic growth (despite
major gaps) and because of poor connection with the public on social
issues, by Republicans (e.g., misogyny). Yesterday, the 8th [of March],
the Senate Democrats blocked a Republican move to give the pipeline an
approval for construction. The Obama Administration is conflicted
between its pro-business (specifically pro investor) inclination, and
its need to retain the support of the environmentally concerned portion
of the US public.
That being so, a post 2012 Obama Administration would be sensitive to
anti-pipeline politics by Mid-West agricultural interests, besides
popular environmentalism, because of concern for polluting farmland
(wheat) and the Ogallala Aquifer. So, I invented a pro-oil policy (which
Republicans could support) that avoids such a pipeline (which Obama
wants to find a way of structuring for "jobs creation"), but still
manages to exploit the tar sands. I called it "Carbon Neutral Free
Market Economy." My purpose was to present a dystopian possibility, as a
preventive measure not an encouragement.
The link to the many images of the Alberta oil/tar sands was sobering.
Many of Garth Lenz's images were shown there.
The entire tar sands and pipeline situation is so frustrating to me,
because I know we could do so much better. I am largely reconciled to
the fact that the psychological (dare I say religious?) equations of oil
= money and money = god are too rooted in too many minds for the rare
and obscure "contrarian" (heretical?) articles like mine to change. And
so humanity, led by Homo Americanus, may think (unthinkingly) itself
extinct. And, maybe that's what nature really wants as a cure to its
Don't let it get you depressed. Despite all the lunacy out there, life
can be as good as we wish to make it. Here's a pick-me-up I'm grateful
Jeffry St. Clair at CP decided to publish:
Epiphany On The Glacier
21 November 2007
Best to all,
Manuel Garcia, Jr.
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