Peace Prof. Warns: ‘Trump Victory Could Make Climate Catastrophe Inevitable’ – ‘Stopping climate deniers…is the only realistic path to a habitable planet’
Michael T. Klare, Prof. of peace at Hampshire College: 'At this point, electing green-minded leaders, stopping climate deniers (or ignorers) from capturing high office, and opposing fossil-fueled ultranationalism is the only realistic path to a habitable planet.'
Flashback: End Times: Peace Prof. Michael Klare in Salon Mag. ‘If earth continues heating at its exponential rate, our post-apocalyptic fantasies could become everyday realities’ - 'We envision rising temperatures, prolonged droughts, freakish storms, hellish wildfires, and rising sea levels...food riots, mass starvation, state collapse, mass migrations, and conflicts of every sort, up to and including full-scale war, could prove even more disruptive and deadly...persistent drought and hunger will force millions of people to abandon their traditional lands and flee to the squalor of shantytowns'
In a year of record-setting heat on a blistered globe, with fast-warming oceans, fast-melting ice caps, and fast-rising sea levels, ratification of the December 2015 Paris climate summit agreement—already endorsed by most nations—should be a complete no-brainer. That it isn’t tells you a great deal about our world. Global geopolitics and the possible rightward lurch of many countries (including a potential deal-breaking election in the United States that could put a climate denier in the White House) spell bad news for the fate of the Earth. It’s worth exploring how this might come to be.
Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author, most recently, of The Race for What’s Left.