Happy May Day! I hope it doesn't turn out like Earth Day did!
The memo had obviously circulated last night because a number of pundits used this same sickening line: "Every energy source has risks associated with it." Coming from the mouth of David Brooks it was particularly vile. Those who took the risks will profit, those who didn't will pay the heaviest costs.
And David,explain the risks of wind or solar or small scale hydro or geothermal or....Now compare those to coal and hydrocarbons. Just as in the financial sector of the economy (and to a lesser extent the main economy) risk aversion and risk acceptance is the real game, the way to real wealth, the way to leave the slathering wage slaves far behind and enter the rarefied world Players. But at the highest level the Masters trade other peoples (or animals, plants, whole ecosystems) risk while guaranteeing their own continued survival through hedging, shorts, derivatives, and risk management.
The "Public" News (underwritten by Exxon-Mobile) interviewed a charter boat captain who stammered incoherently about responsibility. A black guy said "shit happens". Every individual was neutered and neutralized, de-politicized, as the crud swept into the estuaries and bays. Politicians tried not to act like Bush or "Brownie".Coast Guard types talked like generals, Corporate Spokespeople lied and looked heavenward. "You have to understand how deep the well head is" they all kept saying.
Just Trust Us say the scientists, technocrats, engineers and their capitalist paymasters. We can build the Reactors and the Bombs, continue to drill deeper for oil or dig deeper for coal.We'll poison the atmosphere and water and dig out all the minerals and all the while "manage the risks". All we the people need to worry about is our portfolio and our politicians. All we need to do is recycle and vote.
Today is May Day and we are going to do what hornets do, bother and annoy and hopefully sting Capital a bit. The one thing we can't do is let May Day turn into another Earth Day.