global warming!

esrigby  asked:

Earl, in your experience... why don't conservatives believe in climate change? I used not to either, because my parents are far right wing and I grew up before the internet was a big thing, and I believed what my parents told me. But once I had access to the facts I changed my mind right away. Nor can I ask my father why /he/ disbelieves it, as he could never give a reason that didn't just come from sourceless belief. Why do conservatives cling to the idea that it's a scientific conspiracy?

…Okay, I might not be the best person to ask because I have a Thing about climate change. I am willing to listen to people who say that it is real and willing to say “yes, we should do something about it”. But I mostly ignore it as much as I can because Apocalypse Rhetoric is Not Safe For The Earl. 

Originally posted by tinahenry

That being said… I’d guess the reasons boil down to “oil + coal dependence”, “seething resentment”, and “the class war no one wants to acknowledge because it’s bipartisan”.

A lot of richer conservatives are oil barons, or are friends with oil barons. A lot of poorer conservatives live in coal mining country or work in oil/coal/construction. Many conservatives- of all social classes - live in rural areas and need to drive ten miles to get to the grocery store or to church. 

And like- there are liberals who live in rural areas and are dependent on cars and stuff, but most of them at least, like… know people who live in the city and use public transit. For a lot of conservatives, coal and oil and driving are bound up in the Way the World Is. Oil and coal are just a natural part of life, and trying to get rid of them is crazy-talk. 

 There’s also this idea floating around over there… and like, it’s mostly propaganda, but there’s a grain of truth in it… that liberals are either “welfare queens” or rich people from the big city who hate conservatives and are divorced from reality. Tree-hugging vegetarians who drive around in limousines and drink fancy lattes and don’t notice the ‘normal’ people who do the work it takes to support them, or Those People who will do whatever it takes to sponge off said ‘normal’ people and don’t care about who they’re hurting.

….The grain of truth is that there are plenty of liberals who do hate poor white people, and not just in the “well, if they’d stop being bigoted, we wouldn’t have a problem” kind of way. If you’re rich and liberal, you can get away with saying all kinds of terrible things about poor rural white people - everything from “their culture is garbage, only stupid people would like NASCAR and pro wrestling” to “poor white people are all dumb and inbred and shouldn’t be allowed to have kids” to “we should nuke the Deep South, we’ll lose nothing of value”. (Yes, I have actually seen people saying that last one.)* 

So the global warming thing tends to go like this:

- Rich oil baron doesn’t want to stop making money by being rich and owning oil wells. Rich oil baron sees that switching to being a solar panel baron would hurt his bottom line. So he decides he needs to use his time and money to make sure alternative energy doesn’t go through.

- Rich oil baron calls up his friend who owns a major media outlet and says “hey can you make sure people hate this bill that would send money to alternative energy I want to buy another yacht this month” and Media Mogul says “sure I gotchu fam”**. 

- Media mogul pays a lot of people a lot of money to talk about why alternative energy is bad. Since a lot of the reasons alternative energy is important boil down to “we need to stop global warming”, the people talking about why alternative energy is bad need to downplay or outright deny global warming.

- The 'journalists’ getting paid to talk about why alternative energy is bad wind up playing on rank-and-file conservatives’ hatred and fear of limousine liberals. “Hey,” they say, “you know those people who keep talking about saving the whales and trees, but who gleefully advocate for your genocide? They also want to make it impossible for you to leave your house, steal your jobs out from under you, and generally make you completely societally irrelevant! Why should you listen to them when they say these things?” 

- A lot of rank-and-file conservatives are also religious fundamentalists, and are generally distrustful of science because it goes against their religious beliefs (like “foetuses are people” and “the earth was created in 7 days and is less than 10,000 years old” and “evolution is a hoax”). So they’re predisposed to distrust scientists. They’re also authoritarians, though, so they’re willing to listen to and trust people that are ‘legitimate’ authorities. Due to decades of propaganda, this means the media mogul types, or people even farther to the right- think Alex Jones”. 

- So the rank-and-file conservatives believe the media moguls’ ‘journalists’- or disbelieve them, but believe their stuff as filtered through youtube conspiracy videos and long chain emails from the Cranky Old Man side of the internet.  

- Oil baron sits back and sips a sweet, sweet glass of the tears of baby seals**, secure in the knowledge that his money isn’t going anywhere.

Over-the-top jokes about terrible rich people aside- this is why you get all those jokes about electric cars that literally plug into the wall and only let you go fifty feet away from your garage. Or the “haha, it’s snowing here, can’t be getting warmer globally, right?” It’s based in fear. 

American conservativism only makes sense when you realise that it’s rich white people (who don’t want to lose their money and power) manipulating middle class/working poor white people (who don’t want to lose the tiny bit of societal power they do have) into hating everyone else. Because Everyone Else wants to take their power away. 

*As an aside: my general rule of thumb when it comes to this kind of shit is “would you say it about poor rural black people”? And if the answer is ‘no’, don’t say it. Just because they’re white doesn’t mean it’s okay to be mean.

** note: this is fictionalised, and no resemblance to real individuals is intended.

anonymous asked:

I feel like we are gonna get news that they came home early because Eleanor gave him an ultimatum and told him that she wouldn't get back together with him until he took a pat test or something like that

and then it ends, the birds are singing, global warming is no more, obama is back in office,

wired.com
Watch Shell’s 1991 Video Warning of Catastrophic Climate Change
A public information film unseen for years shows Shell had clear grasp of global warming 26 years ago but has not acted accordingly since, say critics.

The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered.

However, since then the company has invested heavily in highly polluting oil reserves and helped lobby against climate action, leading to accusations that Shell knew the grave risks of global warming but did not act accordingly.

justawillowtree  asked:

you're so lucky ;~; it's become spring way too early up here in america and i can feel summer lasting 5829291 months too long already

can we just like..really get together and fight global warming until summer no longer exists???

autumn is already so nice, it rained all night and I can feel my summer depression leaving me and letting me enjoy life again god bless

To what extent do you suppose that Creationism acts as a “gateway drug” to more dangerous pseudosciences? Because insofar as I can see, once mainstream conservative parties in North America started being willing to entertain evolution denial as a legitimate perspective, it became easier for them to start embracing global warming denial and now many of them seem to have moved on to race-based pseudoscience.

anonymous asked:

i wanna fall into the sun and travel through and just like land on a cloud and sit there like half sun dead for a couple million years and then return to the world and find that all the humans have died because not enough people accepted global warming and become one with the animals and just die at age five kajdrillion and sixty nine thousand and twelve surrounded by foxes

um

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What Trump’s latest executive order actually means for the protestors at Standing Rock and the building of the pipeline

This would be a huge blow for the people who fought for more than seven years against the project, a transnational pipeline that would extend from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The venture was killed by President Obama in 2015 because it would contribute to climate change and deter American efforts to reach a global deal addressing this issue.