Climate scientists are excellent at what they do, which is climate science, but the talents that brought them to that position, mostly involving the ability to focus with extraordinary focus on limited data-driven topics, make them lousy sociologists. Sociology, itself, has been conquered and killed by the intellectual and economic forces that deny the viability of social nihilism, leaving the field a tiny sliver on America’s business management-dominated, corporation-supplying, and corporate endowment-generated campuses. No one with a sociological imagination could make through the morass of America’s airless classrooms, and if by some unmedicated fluke they could, no one could make a book or a living telling the social nihilist truth of the supersystem’s depth of depravities and dismal future.
No, that can’t be true – there is hope, there is good and honest hope for our collective future, according to climate scientist/prof Michael Mann.
Now is not a time to rest on our laurels. There is a great amount of work that remains to be done if we are to avert dangerous and irreversible climate change. But there is light now at the end of the tunnel and hope that we not only can but indeed already are rising to the challenge.
Forget the auguries from the fossil fuel present – the future is damn bright, again according to Mann.
The good news is, we’re already moving in the right direction. Global carbon emissions have plateaued, and are projected to remain flat over the coming years, thanks to China’s widespread economic transformation and the global boom in renewable energy production. The 2020 climate turning point is within reach.
Sounds good, thanks, it’s all going being to be okay, people! It’s going to be so great!
Mann doesn’t have the slightest inkling of a method to corral those pesky transnational oil and gas companies, nor any of the corporate behemoths now driving the trillion-dollar globe-killing US military concerns, nor any of the thousands of on-going global corporate concerns that are not going to give up an inch of their fossil fuel advantages, not even their own children are being burned right outside their front doors. Humans lack social control mechanisms, always have, always will, and so our only fate is to live out the destiny of the central irony (CI) that bedevils any human form or function. The fire that humans stumbled upon 1.5 million years ago will have reached it denouement in the fire-driven climate catastrophes to come.
Yes, we can hope. We can hope that the climate fire is not ignited until we are too old to care. We can hope that not too many of our friends, family, succumb to the beginnings of that fire. We can hope that the good years ahead until real arrival of the climate fire will bring us some measure of comfort and leisure time enticements. We can hope that our innate capacity to adapt and persevere in the face of accelerating fires will allow us the protection and joys that our loved ones have brought us. We can hope that there is no timetable for central irony of human prosperity leading to human suffering by the same chemical process of fire holding true in our meaningless lifetimes, and that blind luck and stupidity-based instansigence will get us through the next couple of decades without that conflagration.
Evading climate catastrophe? Not one sociologist has drawn even the first outline sketch of how that could happen, given the supersystem of global transnational militaristic capital. So if those are our hopes, those fairly limited, even miserable ones that are too harsh even for Dark Mountain Project, then we will have to wordpress-express them, in salutary no-view territory, because our scientists and political authorities, and literary heroes cannot, and those who will die in the coming fires will have lost the capacity to express a single word.