Stepping It Up A Notch
I have been a critic of Bill Mc Kibben and the timid approach of 350.org but with the DC protests and civil disobedience I think they are finally understanding the necessity of militancy and direct action more generally. This may lead to the critical radicalization of analysis and tactics which the "environmental movement" has been avoiding for far too long. The reason I pick on Bill is he actually came here to little old Hamilton Montana a few years back and he seems like the quintessential "progressive" environmentalist. If someone like him could be turned....
As usual, the enormous problem of the Tar Sands development has been confronted too late, after the 120 billion of private investment has gone into it. This means corporate interests and the governments which serve them are prepared to use lethal force to protect this outlay. Arresting a few protesters is child's play and the publicity will be easy to handle. What is crucial is the next step. The media/State complex can easily convince ideologues like Pagan that this is Commie Hippies Against American Jobs. The unions will join in, protecting their own turf. All the "experts" will crow about America's energy independence and security and how this can be done cleanly and safely and cheaply and again, Pagan will believe every word.
But those who operate from a less fear-based world view may begin to see the Munchausen syndrome-like quality of our collective relationship with the Market system. The more it tries to destroy us the more it wants us to believe it loves us.
I expect Obama to throw these environmentalists under the bus (as he did organized labor and every other "progressive" constituency) and approve the XL Pipeline.In fact he will back away from regulating carbon in any form, fracking for natural gas, offshore drilling, our own tar sands development in Utah, etc etc.. This will present Mc Kibben, Robert Kennedy Jr., Naomi Klien and company with an interesting dilemma.
Because I also expect hurricanes to keep getting worse.Meanwhile, those here in Missoula that "Stopped the Big Haul" will celebrate as the processing equipment is shipped silently to the north.
UPDATE: I just watched McKibben on Newshour and Democracy Now. He is trapped by his need to sound "reasonable" ie accepting of market logic. And you can see in his eyes that he knows it.Hard to watch.