Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Capitalism Will Solve Climate Change? Dream On.

On October 18, climate activist Greta Thunberg, spoke to a crowd of 4,000 from the steps of the Alberta legislature in Edmonton. Taking world leaders to task over climate change she said ''We are doing this because our future is at stake. We will not be bystanders. We want the people in power to unite behind the science. This is not opinions or political views, this is the current best available science and the politics which even recognize this are still nowhere in sight.'' Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney, was at the same time at the opening of a new gas pipeline in Keephills, west of Edmonton. Elected on the premise and promise of creating energy sector jobs and pipelines for oil, he responded: ''Folks should learn a little bit about real practical measures that industry is taking in order to reduce emissions for the power they rely upon every single day. We do not live in some kind of dream world, but in the real world.'' If Ms. Thunberg thinks the problem can be solved within capitalism, then she is certainly living in a dream world, and if Mr. Kenney thinks a continuation of capitalism is the only way forward, then so is he. The irony of the whole thing is that so many upholders of capitalism have accused Socialists of being dreamers.
Canadian Comrade.

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