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Green Neocons

by Starvid Fri Aug 18th, 2006 at 07:26:07 PM EST

It's late, I'm tired so I'll keep it short.

The alliance of hawks and environmentalists is new but not entirely surprising. The environmentalists are worried about global warming and air pollution. But Woolsey and Gaffney--both members of the Project for the New American Century, which began advocating military action against Saddam Hussein back in 1998--are going green for geopolitical reasons, not environmental ones. They seek to reduce the flow of American dollars to oil-rich Islamic theocracies, Saudi Arabia in particular. Petrodollars have made Saudi Arabia too rich a source of terrorist funding and Islamic radicals.

One should take allies wherever one can find them.

The IAGS plan proposes that the federal government invest $12 billion to: encourage auto makers to build more efficient cars and consumers to buy them; develop industrial facilities to produce plant-based fuels like ethanol; and promote fuel cells for commercial use. The IAGS plan is keen on "plug-in hybrid vehicles," which use internal combustion engines in conjunction with electric motors that are powered by batteries charged by current from standard electric outlets.


So far, the neocons are the only ones on the right to break with Bush on energy policy. They can do this because opposing the energy policy doesn't cost them anything--either politically or economically. The neocons come mostly out of academia and government so, unlike other conservative Republicans, they have few ties to big business and no significant connections to the energy lobbyists who are so influential with the White House.


It's not only the neocons; the evangelical Christians are also moving towards Green thinking. One thread is that living in sprawling suburbs doesn't properly develop a sense of community.

Another thread is "Creation Care," the idea that Man does not have the right to destroy God's beautiful Earth. This is controversial, but there is pretty good support at high levels in the evangelical world.

"It's not surprising then that environmentalist and New Urbanist movements can often work hand in hand. Eric Jacobsen, in 'Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith,' argues that one achieves a true spiritual communion not by simply protecting the environment, but by protecting the environment through protecting cities. The City is holy, he says, and the Suburb, by causing the destruction of the City, is spiritually bankrupt."

by asdf on Sat Aug 19th, 2006 at 11:18:49 AM EST
If the Democrats are going to let the Republicans claim environmental protection as a platform, then there's absolutely no hope.

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 20th, 2006 at 04:38:12 AM EST
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Don't get your hopes up. It is only a strategic move because our relations with the middle east are so poor right now.

The entire neo-con mythology is based upon continual growth fueled by unlimited natural resources. They just want to find alternatives to mid east oil. If, and when then do, their concern for the environment or conservation will vanish again.

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Sat Aug 19th, 2006 at 01:06:52 PM EST
Ah, yes, but that doesn't matter does it?

It doesn't matter if they don't care about global warming but about terrorism, as long as they push plug-in hybrids.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sat Aug 19th, 2006 at 03:09:06 PM EST
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many us voters are waking up to the fact that gas prices would have gone up under dems too, unless carter had led more strongly into alternatives.

when you're at the pump kvetching about prices, partisanship exits.  in the cosy glow of shared aggrievedness (aggression), it becomes obvious the neocons can be right about one thing...

energy 'policy' in the first world is suicidally stupid and in hock to shortsighted idiots with no regard for the common weal whatsoever.

once you really take that on board, the rest becomes easier to connect.

if china does what carter wanted to do 30 years ago, now, we may pull out of this death-dive.

massive changes are unavoidable, just as the status quo is unsustainable.

immovable object, irresistible force.


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Aug 20th, 2006 at 11:40:19 AM EST

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