While Trump’s climate change denial is now close to unique among world leaders, capitalism is fundamentally incapable of dealing with this crisis, as profit – the system’s motor force – must come before all else. Based as it is upon competition between corporations and nation states for profits and dominance, it is incapable of realising the co-ordinated, structural transformation in our economy and infrastructure needed, particularly serious action to end our reliance upon fossil fuels.
As we write this, at least 47 people have been confirmed dead, and many more are feared drowned in their submerged cars and homes. At least 100,000 homes have been destroyed according to Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert. Tens of thousands have sought temporary shelters in convention centers and much less certain shelter in the medium term.
Tump has embraced the isolated voices of the global warming sceptics by pulling the USA out of the Paris climate accord. In his official announcement, Trump expressed a willingness to renegotiate an agreement that “is fair to the US, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers”.
Those opposed to fracking – hydraulic fracturing, a controversial and potentially dangerous and environmental destructive form of gas extraction – have met with very different results over the past months.
By Donal O’Cofaigh Exploration company Infrastrata have called off drilling in Woodburn forest near Carrickfergys, saying that they found only water where they had hoped to find oil. After spending weeks onsite, paying for aggressive security teams and obtaining injunctions against protesters, they pulled out as quickly as they went […]