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Movie Review, Josh Fox, “How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change!”


Dallas pickets Exxon at least once a year

Slowly, the environmentalists are winning the argument over global warming. We usually call the other side “climate denyers,” but the real argument is with the extractive industries, especially oil. We’re arguing with multi-billionaire oil men who stand to lose a lot of money if the world ever adopts a sane policy on carbon emissions.

Those oil men are buying professional liars — college professors, scientists, politicians, policy wonks — and even paying to buy the appearance of a grass-roots pro-pollution movement. That’s what we’re up against.

Josh Fox once did a pretty good dramatic movie “Gasland,” with an environmental theme behind the love story. This time, he’s out with a documentary starring himself. One might think it’s rehashing Al Gore’s excellent documentary of a few years ago. I think it was named “An Inconvenient Truth,” and it was quite effective. The new movie is different.

Fox takes a much more personal approach. He films himself going around the world to look at some of the worst aspects of global warming. He also takes a positive approach in showing some of the efforts to fight back. He dances around and celebrates the good stuff, but doesn’t try to pretend that this war is already won.

On the downside, the movie is too long. There are three good probable reasons:

  • Environmentalists are in love with statistics and facts, and they can’t stop telling them even when everybody has left.
  • Always be suspicious when a movie’s producer, director, and star are the same guy. They just can’t edit out anything they’ve filmed, especially if their own image is in it!
  • There’s just an awful lot to say about a truly critical, horrendous, world crisis!

Where are the workers?

Working people don’t want to suffocate any more than anybody else, but most of the folks leading the environmental movement are middle-class, college educated, and fairly affluent. The union movement, to its eternal credit, is working hard to grow a “blue (collar) / green (grass)” alliance. Where I live, the Communications Workers are strongest on environmental issues.

Not all unions are eager to join the environmental movement. Not all non-union workers are, either. If someone is afraid of losing their job over pollution controls, they’ll generally take jobs over clean air any day of the week. It’s a matter of feeding the family in the here and now. No amount of yelling at them will change their minds.

The people we need to focus on and yell at are the bosses in the extractive industries.

–Gene Lantz

Mavis Belisle on KNON

Mavis Belisle reports on dumping of radioactive poison in Texas

Lon Burnam called the “Workers Beat” program on KNON radio on June 4 to ask my guest, Mavis Belisle, to explain about the Dallas company that is currently dumping low level radioactive waste in Texas and wants a permit to dump the really poisonous stuff. I’d been calling them “Waste Management,” but Mavis said the correct name was “Waste Control Specialists.”

Here’s Mavis explaining on YouTube:

The owner was infamous for making major contributions to the Texas politicians who originally permitted the dumping. If it were simply up to the Texans, few of us doubt that the company would get another permit to solve one of the most vexing problems in the world: what to do with the plutonium and other poisons being created by all the nuclear power plants.

Up to now, there has been no solution. Mavis said that the government had plans to dump it under a mountain in Nevada, but the Nevadans found out about it so those plans were cancelled. The stuff is just piling up. They keep making more of it, and there’s absolutely nothing they can do to safely store or dispose of it.

Mavis said that plutonium doesn’t degrade. It will still be around, she said, for the same length of time that the human race has existed up to now.

Why would companies and politicians allow this sorry state of affairs? Greed.

–Gene Lantz