Ignoring a mortal threat: Appeasing climate change

A couple of weeks ago Tom Toles, in his witty but sharp way, brought up a powerful argument in the climate opinion wars. To ignore climate change, a mortal threat to our way of life, he said is comparable to appeasing Hitler in the late 1930's. Toles wrote

let me be the first to haul out the heavy artillery of WWII analogies on this issue and call the climate legislation obstructionists the Neville Chamberlains of the planet.

This got me thinking, of course, of George Orwell, who despised the
Fascists and the Neville Chamberlains who who would appease them as much as any writer, on the left or on the right. I looked
in his diary (which has been unspooling one day at a time, on the web)
to see if he had some thoughts.

On March 7, 1940, Orwell wrote:

Everywhere a feeling of something near despair among thinking people
because of the failure of the government to act and the continuance of
dead minds and pro-Fascists in positions of command. Growing recognition
that the only thing that would certainly right the situation is an
unsuccessful invasion; and coupled with this a growing fear that Hitler
won’t after all attempt the invasion but will go for Africa and the Near
East.

"…near despair among thinking people because of the failure to act and the continuance of dead minds and pro-Fascists in positions of command."

Hmmmmm.

We certainly are seeing "near-despair among thinking people about the failure of the government to act." No shortage of "dead minds" amongst deniers. What would Orwell say about our government today?

Probably pretty much what Toles is saying…but in harder words.

Theplanet

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

2 thoughts on “Ignoring a mortal threat: Appeasing climate change

  1. Not that I think the oppositional forces are pro-Fascists. Our policies seem to be paralyzed in the face of a large threat.

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