Monday, August 26, 2019

The U.S. fiddles while Rome burns

by Roger Herried and Cecile Pineda

Now that the world is burning, Trump gave the G-7 Summit the cold shoulder, and the DNC has killed a resolution allowing a multi-candidate climate forum, it’s past time to wake up. And with all the drama coming out of D.C. this past week, the media is every bit as culpable as our very own Nero with its failure to alert the US public to the alarming growth of global wildfires.

Amazon burns
South America is burning before our eyes, yet we have no memory of the Siberian or Canadian fires that came just weeks ago. Not to mention California, which had its worst fire season ever last year with impacts going far beyond poor air quality or PG&E bankruptcy. 

Everyone needs to wake up that the growing climate crisis could collapse the global economy and soon. The 4 maps below are current this year, with the last 10 days showing massive wildfires in Brazil (113,000) and Africa with over 300,000 (but Africa seems not to be on any European or U.S. maps) with nearly 3 million wildfires reported globally. The bottom chart shows the dramatic increase in annual wildfires around the world.

A Guardian piece published Aug. 22, which included a devastating image of all current fires world-wide, terrified Europe's leaders. But no matter: the U.S. has dramatically increased i fossil fuel production on a scale that outstrips the rest of the world! and this week Trump tried to buy Greenland.

But, as Popular Resistance points out, Amazonian fires are as much a product of runaway global warming, including drought and intense storms, as they are of unfettered exploitation for profit under Bolsonaro’s program of “development” for the Amazon: farming and especially cattle ranching. What it comes to essentially is that the fire in the barbecue under that “burgher” that you simply must have has now spread to encircle the globe.

The choice is ours: more meat, more fires, more driving, more fires, more flying, more fires, and more wars and more agribusiness, more fires. What checks to U.S. hegemony and what inconveniencies are we prepared to accept if we want to remain inhabitants of our charred, once blue/green planet?



For further reading, below is a list of relevant articles:

And this year is set to be worse:

Investigate how you can plant a tree at

Demand #45 take action on climate change before it’s too late at

The U.S. military is the greatest consumer (93%) of U.S. fossil fuels. Demand answers on endless war at

Message General Motors to stand up to #45’s reckless clean car rollbacks at

Sign petition urging Army Corps of Engineers from quietly removing the report of 2005 New Orleans levee failure from its government website at

On national toilet paper day (you heard that right) let Amazon customers know that buying Charmin TP is bad for the forest and the climate at and

Drop charges against Venezuela Embassy protectors at

New 2020 poll shows Sanders and Warren (what a double ticket!) tied for first place as Biden drops 13 points.

Many U.S. municipalities citing aesthetics and serious health concerns, are wrestling with the FCC and telecoms over 5 G technology.

Extinction Rebellion staged a short notice protest outside London’s Brazilian Embassy over Amazon Rainforest wild fires.

Multiple groups, led by Southern  Poverty Law Center file lawsuit highlighting abusive isolation, inadequate medical and mental health care, denial of accommodations and discrimination against detained immigrants with disabilities.

Community Defense brigades to defend neighbors when threatened by ICE.

Conservation groups blast draft Forest Service rule gutting bedrock environmental law. 

Oppositon to 5 G small cell deployment spreads across the U.S.

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