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16 November 2009 @ 07:54 pm
repeating myself  

I once more point people at my environmentalism temper tantrum, mostly because it’s faster than typing it all out again. Triggered this time by

- the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas failing to have the balls to do what needs doing, ie, a total ban on tuna fishing for years to come. Yes, I get the impact of that on ordinary fishermen, I am from a fishing community myself, and frankly it’s not Joe Bob with his single boat that’s the problem, it’s huge conglomeration fleets and giant ships sponsored by corporations, but none of that matters, because the goddamned end result is the same. Furthermore, I recognize that a significant part of the problem is also a lack of ability/desire/follow-through on policing the fisheries to ensure the sanctioned catch isn’t being disregarded, but none of that diminishes the fact that that the ICCAT lacks the balls to do its job

- Sean goddamned Parnell, the new governor of Alaska, vowing to get polar bears removed from the endangered species poster child list because he can’t let a few dumb animals stand in the way of the state’s prosperity

- the unshocking news that gosh, there’s almost certainly not going to be anything binding coming out of the upcoming climate change summit–because hey, why not lower expectations plenty early, especially when countries are already being handed concessions on the topic while on a national scale in the US, Republicans just flat out walked out of a climate bill discussion because THAT’S HOW WILLING THEY ARE TO FIX THE PROBLEM.

God, maybe you guys are right. Maybe I should write a book. Except I don’t know that I could sell it on proposal (Big Idea Environmental Fiction is not my gig) and I don’t think I could afford to write it on spec with my other contracted books.

*headdesk, anyway*

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
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martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on November 16th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
he can’t let a few dumb animals stand in the way of the state’s prosperity

they should then start with professional politicians.
Laura Anne Gilman: stupid peoplesuricattus on November 16th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
these days I'm just glad I don't have a kid, because I'm not sure what I could tell him/her other than "sorry, honey, but Humanity as a whole sucks. Maybe we'll kill ourselves off somehow and let the squirrels have their shot."

CrevanFoxcrevanfox on November 16th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Perhaps Officer Walker will be facing down a pissed off Green Man or demi god of the water in an upcoming novel? Herne can't be the only guardian of the wooded places, can he? I forsee some angry Dryads protecting a forest slated for removal *hint, hint*
The Renaissance Manunixronin on November 16th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
none of that diminishes the fact [that] the ICCAT lacks the balls to do its job
Hear, hear. See also the IWC, which continues decade after decade to swallow Japan's transparent excuse that its whaling is for "scientific purposes".

And don't get me started on the climate-change deniers.

As for the book ..... Neal Stephenson sold Zodiac, and Big Idea Environmental Fiction wasn't his gig either.
pgwfolcpgwfolc on November 16th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Doesn't surprise me that Republicans walked out. Don't you know that "Global Warming" is a vast left-wing conspiracy actively burying and ignoring anyone bold enough to question the data? It's perfectly obvious to anyone who functions as a ventriloquist dummy for corporate interests.

But I had no idea that Alaska (the only state so prosperous that residents get money back on tax day, and the only state so incredibly thinly populated that small planes are a primary mode of "town" to "town" transportation) was being held back by the dwindling population of polar bears.