See, the thing is, despite the continuing appeal of liberal practicality to mis-leaders like McKibben, lying to people just doesn’t fly, even when the lies are well intentioned.
Here is the ultimate prescription, the basis for its call-to-arms (er, I mean call-to-phone-calls), of 350.org:
To leave this issue at that, given the revelant findings about allegedly renewable energy, is to peddle a major lie-by-omission.
What we really need, as McKibben certainly knows, is a radical reconstruction of human societies and an equally radical redistribution of national and international wealth and power.
Meanwhile, by conveying the impression that the movement we need is all just a matter of minor, easy, familiar adjustments, promoting things like phoning your purchased “representative,” planting a tree, or posing for a snapshot by a windmill does less than nothing to move things in that direction. Gestures and delusions are not going to get us where we need to go, Bill McKibben, and you know it.
Take your own prescription: Before you squander even more of the people’s precious energy, “get to work” on dealing with reality and promoting public honesty.
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