Friday, February 03, 2006

No whores for oil

The big joke of the week was Bush's announcement that we need to break our addiction to oil. It came the same week Exxon announced the highest profits of any corporation ever in world history ($1,146/sec). It came just a week after NASA's top climate scientist blew the whistle on White House efforts to censor his increasingly dire warnings about climate change.

There is no one in the world who is a bigger whore for oil than George Bush. Without oil, there never would have been a President Dubya. Oil has been very very good to him and he has been very very good to it. So when he chants no whores for oil, you have to wonder whether there are any mirrors in the White House. And of course, he has already made it crystal clear that he didn't really mean it.

Fiore has a short entertaining guide to what we have to look forward to in Flamey McGassy's Guide to Global Warming -- Just keep doing what you're doing!

And the truth that nobody wants to hear is that the oil addiction is not even the core problem, capitalism is. Robert Newman confronts us with
bizarre discrepancy between the extreme species threatening nature of the crisis and the utterly insipid character of virtually all the solutions proposed so far: It is either capitalism or a habitable planet, you can't have both (via Counago and Spaves). But in some sectors, the level of denial beggars belief.

UPDATE: Exxpose Exxon has a great flash animation to go along with a catchy little tune by the always hilarious Austin Lounge Lizards: Toast the Earth with Exxon Mobil.


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