IPCC Report: Climate in Crisis Shows the Necessity of a Revolution

chimneysThe past seven months have seen the release of the Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the international scientific body set up by the United Nations to provide the most comprehensive body of information and analysis about the process, risks, and impacts of climate change. The conclusions of the latest IPCC report are unequivocal: climate change is real; its effects will be disastrous; and nothing short of a revolution will do if we are to combat it.

Another Storm Shows the Bankruptcy of Capitalism

Sandy floods NYC taxisJust a few years ago, the world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The richest and most powerful imperialist country in the world did nothing as people were drowning, starving, and literally dying of thirst. Now, we see the northeastern United States get hit by Hurricane Sandy. Millions are still without power. Mass transit is suspended. Whole neighborhoods were burned out. Dozens have been killed, including 24 in New York City alone.

Capitalism's Climate Crisis

smokestacks2We are at a decisive crossroads in history: the most serious global financial crisis since the Great Depression is converging with one of the potentially worst environmental crises ever to face humanity. Scientists have been warning of the effects of climate change for decades. However, due to a deliberate, concerted effort by right-wing ideologues and the fossil fuel companies’ bought and paid for “scientists,” a small but very well-funded and vocal minority has succeeded in placing a question of doubt in the minds of many Americans as to whether or not climate change is caused by humans, or if it even exists at all.

Fracking Profits: Highly Flammable

Water from frackingHydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” is a process used to extract natural gas. This process involves pumping mixtures of water, sand and noxious chemicals into the ground to create cracks in the various layers of rock that stand between pockets of gas and the surface of the Earth’s crust. This allows the gas to escape and collect into pools, where it can then be extracted and sold on the market. The fracking solution contains many things that nobody wants in their drinking water, including acids and chemicals that we can find in swimming pool cleaner, disinfectants, laundry detergent, sterilizers, makeup, laxatives, caulk, soap, glass cleaner, and antifreeze. These chemicals often bleed into our water supply as they are pumped into the ground.

U.S. Big Business Pushing Nuclear Power

Nuclear RadiationAcross the country, state budgets are in the red while the biggest companies and the wealthiest individuals are showered with tax breaks and other give-aways. In many states, the nuclear industry and utility companies are seeking to cash in too. In Missouri, Republicans, alongside Democrats in the state legislature, are pushing for a bailout of energy monopoly Ameren, which wants $9 billion from rate-payers to build two new nuclear reactors.