of this announcement by Michael C. Ruppert 'Tracker
of Truth' on the
LIFEBOAT HOUR 12/29/13
are three things which unequivocally and absolutely
guarantee the Near Term Extinction of the human species
and quite possibly all life on the planet. They are
out on the table, acknowledged, repeatedly confirmed
and corroborated and they are having direct, painful
and tangible impacts on our lives this minute. And they
all have direct bearing on each other.
first of these is Global Warming and Climate Chaos caused
by human industrial activity (infinite growth). Of a
certainty a four to six degree Centigrade temperature
increase is in the very-near future, and -- by what
is now not an extreme calculation – the last of
our species should be gone by 2030 because the ecosystem
which we need to provide us food, water, air and habitable
climates will have been destroyed, the web of life ripped
may very well happen much sooner than that.
to Guy McPherson, the only thing which might have the
slightest mitigating impact on Global Warming –
over which humankind has any control – would be
the immediate cessation of all industrial activity on
a planetary level, immediately removing the ever-increasing
release of carbon into the atmosphere, by a meme which
runs us and owns us, rather than the other way around.
It is a meme which must play itself out.
second of these “causes of death” is radiation.
By now we understand fully that the totally unresolved
and uncontrolled disaster at Fukushima has for 33 months
bombarded the entire Northern Hemisphere and Pacific
Ocean with radiation. A lesser realized truth is that
there are some 60 nuclear power plants around the United
States that are boiling along long past their planned
operating lives. They are rickety. They have fires.
They have leaks. They have cooling system failures.
They flood. There are also many nuclear storage facilities
like Hanford and West Lake outside of St. Louis which
in the case of Hanford are releasing or Westlake (in
danger of releasing) additional enormous quantities
of radiation into the air, the water tables, or the
takes 40 years, a lot of money (energy) and an enormous
amount of fossil fuel to fully decommission a nuclear
reactor. Absent industrial civilization it will never
be possible to safely shut down all 450 operating nuclear
reactors and recover or maintain control of perhaps
thousands of nuclear waste facilities around the world.
And our obligation is to provide safe and secure storage
for all of that radioactive waste for one million years.
has yet to build a structure which will last 50,000
years, let alone a million.
if we do. Damned if we don’t.
there is a third element that triply seals our fate.
It is called Exponential Growth… Just recently
on Facebook a friend posted a great video from the late
Professor Al Bartlett of Princeton who, throughout his
career, was the Champion of sounding the alarm on what
Exponential Growth means. He was a fabulous human being
with a wicked sense of humor. It isn’t higher
math. It’s actually simple arithmetic. If one
starts with a square on a checkerboard and puts one
grain of rice on that square, two on the next, four
on the next, eight on the next, doubling for each square,
by the time one reaches the last of 64 squares there
will be an amount of rice greater than the annual output
of most Asian nations combined.
let’s look at infinite growth as though it were
taking place in a glass, or a Petri dish, or on a finite
planet which -- when full and containing no more resources
– spells the complete die off of whatever was
growing inside due to resource exhaustion. It’s
true for Caribou. It’s true for bacteria. It’s
true for human beings. As the late Terrence McKenna
warned as he predicted “the end of history”
in the late 1990s, if the doubling takes place every
minute, then just one minute before the inevitable population
collapse, the Petri dish would only be half full. When
McKenna sounded these warnings, roughly a decade before
I started, human population was only 3.5 billion. Human
population has since doubled in less than 20 years.
With enough resources it would double again in less
than 15. But we can clearly see that the Petri dish
we go live on the air tonight:
ongoing deadly release of radiation has not been contained
for 33 months. New records for radioactive emissions
are announced weekly. The Japanese – as they have
done continually for more than 30 months -- are incinerating
tons of highly radioactive waste directly into the atmosphere.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has granted TEPCO
permission to release ALL of its radioactive water into
carnage that is human industrial civilization continues
absolutely unabated and unrestrained. Tens of thousands
of coal fired generating plants continue to operate
around the world. Tens of thousands of natural gas fired
plants using fracked gas continue to destroy water tables,
cause earthquakes and add to the ever-increasing amounts
of carbon released into the atmosphere. The plants themselves
may not, but the extraction of the gas they burn is
one of the most carbon intensive and destructive, toxic
processes known. In Canada the tar sands are being voraciously
mined with continuing release of carbon, environmental
destruction, and rapacious ruination of fresh water
supplies. In North Dakota, so-called “shale oil”
production proceeds with ferocious intensity. Factories
and corporations required to show “growth”
and profit continue to churn out cars and TVs and cell
phones and junk, all wrapped in plastic which will last
about as long as radioactive waste. And because the
cheap, easy energy is gone, every year industrial nations
resort to more damaging, more desperate, more carbon-intensive
means to get their hands on less and less energy, often
expending more energy to obtain what they call fuel
than they get from burning it.
nothing has been – or is being – done about
the things that are really killing us, and not just
us, but every living thing on the planet. Just a lot
of talk. Well I’ve been talking for 35 years and
I’m almost done with it.
day, as more than 250,000 new humans arrive on the planet,
more than 200 species go extinct… forever. Exponential
growth of human population has never been addressed,
in large part because the economic mandate for infinite
growth has never been addressed. Thus the pressures
to not do anything at all about the first two problems
are ever greater. I call it “Catch 22 Cubed.”
More people need more heat, more power, more food grown
with fossil fuels… More, more, more.
is the end of More.