Pluralistic: The impoverished imagination of neoliberal climate "solutions" (31 Oct 2023)

Today’s links The impoverished imagination of neoliberal climate “solutions”: “All of the above” is a highly selective proposition. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading The impoverished imagination of neoliberal climate “solutions” (permalink) There is only one planet in the known universe capable of sustaining human life, and it is rapidly becoming uninhabitable by humans. Clearly, this warrants bold action – but which bold action should we take? After half a century of denial and disinformation, the business lobby has seemingly found climate religion and has joined the choir, but they have their own unique hymn: this crisis is so dire, they say, that we don’t have the luxury of choosing between different ways of addressing the emergency. We have to do “all of the above” – every possible solution must be tried. In his new book Dark PR, Grant Ennis explains that this “all of the above” strategy doesn’t represent a change of heart by big business. Rather, it’s part of the denial playbook that’s been used to sell tobacco-cancer doubt and climate disinformation: The point of “all of the above” isn’t muscular, immediate action – rather, it’s a delaying tactic that creates space for “solutions” that won’t work, but will generate profits. Think of how the tobacco industry used “all of the above” to sell “light” cigarettes, snuff, snus, and vaping – and delay tobacco bans, sin taxes, and business-euthanizing…Pluralistic: The impoverished imagination of neoliberal climate "solutions" (31 Oct 2023)

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