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Thursday, October 06, 2005


Richard Heinberg has this to say about the political dimensions of peak oil:
So we're entering a period of potential political turmoil where we may see governments shifting from one extreme to the other with nobody really having the ability to address the issues and with both sides being motivated to hide what the real issues are. Nobodies going to want to say, well this is all the inevitable result of industrialism itself, it's the way of life that our parents and grandparents and we ourselves have adopted, a way of life based on resource extraction and growth that has produced these problems. Nobody's going to want to say that, you know there are people on the left that are going to want to point the finger at rich individuals and the greedy corporations, and the people on the right are going to be pointing their finger at the leftists and foreigners and terrorists and saying we'll just need to invest more money in police and military and intelligence gathering and so on, and none of these solutions will help the least bit. I'm afraid that political and economic and energy capital are going to be squandered, not in solving the problem but in hiding the problem. So what we really need is actually a whole new form of politics. An ecological politics, a politics of reality. Now who's talking about this? Very few that I have seen. I think the marxist and most of the anarchists are pretty much avoiding the issue. There are a few people who are mostly scientists, people like Virginia Abernathy who wrote the book "Population Politics" and David Pimentel a professor up in Ithaca, New York, people like that are aware of the issues but these are scientists, they're not political leaders. It's going to take a different kind of political leader to raise these kinds of issues and it's difficult because people don't want to hear the bad news.Source
We've already seen in #106 that Abernethy is on the board of The Occidental Quarterly, a white nationalist publication. The Southern Poverty Law Center is keeping an eye on Abernethy, and dug up this interesting interview material:
The Center for New Community, an antiracist group based in Chicago, reported that PAN director Kathy McKee in July brought in Virginia Abernethy, a retired professor who is tied closely to the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC; see Communing with the Council) hate group.

Although Abernethy denied being a supremacist, telling the Arizona Daily Star that she was merely a white "separatist" who preferred to be "with my own kind," she was immediately denounced by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). FAIR, which helped pay to gather signatures for the referendum but later broke angrily with McKee, described Abernethy's views as "repugnant."Source
David Pimental is a name you will encounter often when you dig into peak oil. He is often cited as the authority who "proved" that ethanol has an EROEI<1. His calculation of the world's carrying capacity ("a population of 1 or 2 billion could be supported living in relative prosperity") is often cited by environmentalists to support the peak oil die-off theory. Oil has allowed human population to boom, overshooting carrying capacity by almost 4.5 billion, and therefore 4.5 billion people will have to die as we return to sustainability in the post peak oil period. The doomers regard this as inevitable, because Pimental proved it.

Now, it turns out that, in 2004, Pimental ran for the board of directors of the Sierra Club on an anti-immigration platform.
The candidates—Lamm, Cornell University entomologist David Pimental, and retired Foreign Service Officer Frank Morris—all say curbing immigration will lessen domestic pressures on the environment and the economy. But what really has alarmed the Sierra Club's leaders is that right-wing Web sites, some with nativist pro-white views, have noticed the fight and have been urging readers to become Sierra Club members and support the immigration-reform candidates.

To make matters worse, some of the candidates' views on immigration—which evolved after discovering population as an environmental issue—are almost identical to positions espoused by right-wing, anti-immigration activists or white supremacists on their sites. That confluence is just too explosive for a centrist, national organization like the Sierra Club, which is why the Club's senior management is so alarmed.

"I don't think that Lamm, Pimentel and Morris are racists," Executive Director Carl Pope told the Los Angeles Times. "But they are clearly being supported by racists."Source
Here's some frank commentary from one of Pimental's supporters:
Homo Jew Threatens Takeover Of Sierra Club Board
Anti-Immigration Environmentalist Fight To Keep Morris Dees Out
1/15/2004 12:12:45 AM

Montgomery, Alabama -- Bisexual Jew Morris Dees, backed by the stable of young, homosexual and Jewish men and woman at the Southern Poverty Law Center, is struggling to takeover the board of directors of the Sierra Club as a clique of anti-immigration activists around VDARE struggle to bring the Sierra Club into conformity with the hopes and aspirations of millions of Americans.Source
Virginia Abernethy writes for VDARE, which is run by Peter Brimelow, whose worldview runs along these lines:
He described the role of race as "elemental, absolute, fundamental." He said that white Americans should demand that U.S. immigration quotas be changed to allow in mostly whites. He argued that spending tax dollars on anything related to multiculturalism was "subversive." He called foreign immigrants "weird aliens with dubious habits."

He worried repeatedly that his son, with his "blue eyes" and "blond hair," would grow up in an America in which whites had lost the majority.

At one point, he wrote that if one enters an Immigration and Naturalization Service waiting room, just like entering the New York subways, "you find yourself in an underworld that is not just teeming but also almost entirely colored."Source


At Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 7:37:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Heinberg's wife is Latino. Michael Ruppert's fiance is half Japanese, half Filipino.

As usual, you prove yourself to a total jackass JD. Good going.

At Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 8:09:00 PM PDT, Blogger James Shannon said...

Then Heinberg should disavow any support, verbal or otherwise, from Abernathy or Pimental.

Got hypocrisy?

At Friday, October 7, 2005 at 12:41:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the point of this side exactly. That if you shoot enough messengers enough times the peak oil problem will somehow go away.

At Friday, October 7, 2005 at 2:23:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the point is that it's difficult to trust anyone who may have a hidden agenda. if you look at the title of the log, it mentions uncovering the fascist underbelly of PO. which does not make PO go away, but goes to show how mishandled the message is.

At Friday, October 7, 2005 at 7:53:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/3 of Peak oilers have Nazi sympathy. Bigger than normal percentage by far.

At Friday, October 7, 2005 at 8:17:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think peak oilers are being more realistic.

Its only in a societies with abundant resources you find the notion that a person who works is as valuable as someone who doesn't.

At Friday, October 7, 2005 at 10:42:00 AM PDT, Blogger James Shannon said...

It's called human decency! Look it up. You would have us go back to the Dark Ages? It exposes both your callous disregard for anyone other than yourself (i.e. screw all those "weaker" than me) and your intellectual laziness (looking for ways to conserve energy instead charging full steam ahead off the energy cliff).

At Friday, October 7, 2005 at 12:06:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James ... there is no point in arguing with "hard core" doomers/Jevon paradox believers etc.
For them , there is no such thing as human decency ... only microbes on the petri dish eating sugar.
Jay Hanson summarized the position beautifully when he said that ethics depends on the prevailing circumstances.
To the second anonymous poster ... not all Peak Oilers are Nazi sympathizers. First of all the term "Peak Oiler" should be defined: JD and myself are peak oilers in the sense that we believe that the production of oil will attain a maximum within the next few years but hardly qualify as Nazi sympathizers. In fact both of us confronted the BNP sympathizers when they showed up on the site.

At Sunday, October 9, 2005 at 4:27:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"1/3 of Peak oilers have Nazi sympathy"

Are you kidding me? 28 people responded to the poll, and 8 people chose the Nazi option. Even assuming that all of them were serious, that's hardly a movement.


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