The Coastal Post - December, 1998

Dear Ted: On The State Of The World...

Greetings! These three very recent quotes provide a striking summary of current homeplanet circumstances:

1 - George Soros: "The collapse of the global marketplace would be a traumatic event with unimaginable consequences, yet I find it easier to imagine than the continuation of the present regime."

2 - Michael Meacher (British Environment Minister): "Combating climate change is the greatest challenge of human history."

3 - A.P., Washington DC, via The Bangkok Post of Nov 2: "...the months since Kyoto have found the Administration often on the defensive within the US. Instead of campaigning for the treaty, the White House for months found itself battling to prevent climate-related budget cuts and a potential Congressional gag order that would have barred officials from even talking about climate change."

Let's see now. Soros says that "a traumatic event with unimaginable consequences" is a relatively favorable outcome and certain Congresspeople want to prevent discussion of "the greatest challenge in human history." Fair enough?

What can we do about all this, Ted? I'm certainly eager to help.

I have respect for Sorosâ comments even though he evidently fails to understand that no economy has sound fundamentals until economic growth is defined as growth of the biomass.

The attempt to prevent federal officials from even talking about climate change goes beyond The Voice of Satanism and into a science-fiction dimension. It makes the information-control efforts of someone like Goebbels seem like kindergarten.

Such a dire package "economic and environmental disasters both imminent" renders quaint almost all our earlier activities. I think especially of how inappropriate a liberal-arts education has become.

If we're going to do an effective job of "combating climate change," we must give people information not only about the effects of climate change as CNN is already doing but also about its causes. You may have to lose a billion dollars in ad revenues from oil corporations but that's even more helpful than, say, giving a similar amount to the UN.

My favorite climatologist is Tim Thompson at 203-372-1107. He says Traditional Weather came to a rather sudden end during a two-or three-year period in the late 1980s mainly because of the CO2 burden. He says it has been replaced by Oil-Company Weather, which contains a frequency of EWEs (Extreme Weather Events) five to ten times greater than previously. This means there's an eighty to ninety percent probability that any particular EWE is caused predominantly by the burning of petroleum though also to a considerably lesser degree by the burning of other fossil fuels, methane releases, etc.

So it certainly seems reasonable to initiate class-action suits (analogous to those against tobacco corporations) against oil corporations on behalf of EWE victims. This way, Central American governments can get partly compensated for the ravages of Hurricane so-called Mitch, North Korea for the past four years of droughts and floods, and Indonesia, Brazil, Australia and many other nations for EWE-caused destruction of forests.

Cigarette packs contain cancer warnings, so petrol pumps should feature famine warnings.

It's now clear that petroleum burning is forcing agriculture indoors rather swiftly. Perhaps we'll soon see hydroponics skyscrapers set amidst outdoor fields, which would still be seeded in hopes of an LCY (Lucky Crop Year). In fact, this would be a good model for the coming rural redevelopment efforts in Central America. Certainly Central Americans will be subjected to increasingly frequent agriculturally devastating EWEs, so why not provide climate-proof facilities?

In any case, the Turner Foundation is in a position to be vastly helpful putting together the early litigation against Big Oil. The supporting data for this project become more persuasive with each passing year. For example, a careful analysis of all available data on El Ninos since 1650 would reveal a recent quantum-leap in both frequency and intensity. The El Ninos of the past decade or two would be seen as many, many times more destructive than the average one of the past century. Placed on a calendar, these increases would correlate strikingly closely with increases in our homeplanet atmospheric CO2 burden. Stats are available to elucidate petrol's share of that increased burden. Thus a jury would come to accept that beyond a reasonable doubt oil is the central culprit.

I'm tremendously available to help with any such project though I'd much prefer to do so without being paid or publicized. (From brief experience of fame and wealth I learned how drastically they isolate us and slow us down.)

From an interview on BBC World Service in late '97 I learned that the director of the Mauna Loa Atmospherics Laboratory is convinced that fossil-fuel burning has exacerbated recent El Ninos. He also says: ăIn a few years or in a decade or so we'll have a permanent El Nino. Instead of one or two-year periods of cool water we'll have El Nino on top of El Nino and instead of lasting eighteen months an El Nino will last eighteen years.

This strongly implies we should switch to indoor food-growing in all regions where agriculture suffered large losses during the 98 El Nino, for those places can only expect much more of the same.

We must go beyond mere description and start to act. I'm currently suggesting a civil initiative (most would say civil disobedience but I think that needlessly dignifies legal systems) at Unocal's El Segundo CA headquarters June 18 as part of many actions around the planet planned for that day. Others have suggested Shell as a focus. In any case, your help that day would be hugely beneficial.

Are you aware that Gandhi said property destruction is a form of nonviolence if it occurs in pursuit of justice and carefully avoids injury to any sentient being? That makes him a terrorist by the standards of today's mass press. I hope that destruction of Unocal (or Shell) property is unnecessary. I suggest we begin with a peaceful blockade.

Since circumstances have rendered most of our activities quaint, we must quickly come up with fresh focuses, especially for activism, education and investigative journalism. I have a webpage now where I'm making suggestions for fresh focuses in an ongoing piece called "The Fourth Reich, the Biosphere and the US Sector." You can visit it at

Of course I look forward to hearing from you, Ted. Good luck to you. You can email me at

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Keith Lampe, Ponderosa Pine

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