Trees in the Western U.S. forests are dying at twice the rate that had been thought. Antarctica, contrary to Libertarian capitalist false-propaganda, is getting warmer. Hong Kong is now so polluted that its economy is sputtering.
I remember the economist Milton Friedman selling Hong Kong as the model for the world's economy. I couldn't believe how ignorant he was. Really, I'm being brutally honest here. I couldn't believe he had a whole documentary series being aired on U.S. Public Broadcasting. I thought at the time that no one would fall for Friedman's ignorant proselytizing for laissez-faire capitalism that I had thought everyone knew had been totally discredited. It seemed obvious to me that everyone had also gotten the word on pollution and that laissez-faire capitalism was nothing but a license to pollute on an even worse scale than had been the case right before Friedman showed up in this big way.
Wow, was I wrong about how people would fall for ignorance and just ignore the plain truth about negative environmental consequences. So, I was ignorant too in that sense. Now I understand and fully appreciate why it is that so many are called while so few are chosen.
It's amazing that there are headlines reading that cleaner air means longer, healthier lives. How can that be news? Were there really people for whom that was news in January 2009? Were there, and are there, people who didn't and don't know that air pollution causes illness and aging and earlier deaths than would otherwise occur?
What would also be infuriating if it weren't for the fact that it's so transparent is that the so-called conservatives on FOX, who are not conservatives at all but just selfish and greedy, sell their souls so they can be on cable and satellite acting. That's what they are you know. They're just paid actors. Just watch them. All they're doing is putting on an act. Their personalities are so extremely contrived. They're playing a role. While playing this role, bought and paid for by their masters the plutocrats, they use the term "common sense," as if they have any. How many times a day is "common sense" mentioned on FOX? When is it ever employed? Well, people will do anything for money. They will sit there day after day telling the American people that oil burning isn't causing Global Warming and that there is no Global Warming.
Well, the rate of increase in Global Warming has been slowed a bit by the economic recession. People just aren't burning as much gas as they were. Notice though that the rate of increase has only been slowed and that Global Warming has not been reversed. It is still increasing.