Ostriches lead us to our doom

All Tied Up and Nowhere to Go

While a global catastrophe looms before us, one symbolically presented to us by the melting of the Arctic ice, George Monbiotexclaimed:

Our governments do nothing [about global warming and its causes]. Having abandoned any pretence of responding to the environmental crisis during the earth summit in June, now they stare stupidly as the ice on which we stand dissolves. Nothing — or worse than nothing. Their one unequivocal response to the melting has been to facilitate the capture of the oil and fish it exposes.

The companies which caused this disaster are scrambling to profit from it. On Sunday, Shell requested an extension to its exploratory drilling period in the Chukchi Sea, off the north-west coast of Alaska. This would push its operations hard against the moment when the ice re-forms and any spills they cause are locked in. The Russian oil company Gazprom is using the…

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