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Watch This Climate Change Sermon To Understand Why We Aren’t Acting In A Crisis That Threatens Our Survival

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Watch This Climate Change Sermon To Understand Why We Aren’t Acting In A Crisis That Threatens Our Survival


You’ve probably wondered why we as a nation cannot act on climate change given that at least 98 percent of the world’s non-big-oil-financed scientists agree that it is manmade and we may be only two summers from an ice-free Arctic.

Why can’t we follow the lead of Germany, which is quickly moving away from carbon polluting while growing their economy?

A certain amount of this is basic Republican intransigence. If Al Gore is for it, I must be against it. There’s also greed. I don’t want to pay more for gas; it’s too expensive already.

But the truth is, the decision to act on climate change is being blocked by a tiny group of people.

“But we don’t act, and for a particular reason, one that will be clear to those who read the Gospels. Our richest people don’t want to, because it would reduce their wealth somewhat,” said Bill McKibben — the eminent climate change activist and founder of 350.orgin a stirring sermon at New York City’s Riverside Church in late April.

“The fossil fuel industry is the 1 percent of the 1 percent, the richest enterprise in human history. Exxon made more money last year than any company in the history of money. There are far more eminent theologians than me in this room, but it is my belief anyway that these companies have more money than God.”

Watch this sermon and share it with a friend. The planet you save may be your own.

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  1. Kloan Choyss May 4, 2013

    Too late, Bill…Thermageddon & cascading Ecollapse, as Hanson & I said a vigesimal ago, are inescapable, absent deus ex machina…but w/o deus there can be no machina…Messor Gravis, venite velocitissimis!

  2. Jim Myers May 4, 2013

    The Bible may teach that we shall have dominion over the heavens and the earth, but that also comes with an obligation to protect those resources. That is a price that CANNOT be ignored.


    1. rothgar May 4, 2013

      I suggest that you read the Old Testament prophets to see what God was willing to let HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE suffer after they’d pissed him off long enough. It is pretty ugly. Women fighting over who gets to eat the newborn and all other sorts of nasty things.

  3. Allan Richardson May 4, 2013

    Like I said during the election campaign, I had no problem with the name of Mitt Romney’s church, but with his attitude: it was not the Book of Mormon to which I objected, but the Book of Mammon.

    The extremely wealthy often think that their money puts them above the laws of NATURE as well as the laws of MAN. An example from a 1960’s comedy is the way the millionaire guarded his suitcase full of currency on an island where there was no place to spend it!

    1. patuxant December 14, 2013


  4. Kyle Towers May 4, 2013

    A wealthy few may have the $’s to sow confusion but to no avail without the easily duped many. Written 33 yrs ago –

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always
    has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread
    winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the
    false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good
    as your knowledge.””

    ☛ Newsweek: “A Cult of Ignorance” by Isaac Asimov, January 21, 1980, p. 19.

    1. patuxant December 14, 2013

      There is also an accompanying “cult of arrogance” to add the mix…explosive to say the least.

      1. Kyle December 14, 2013

        I prefer arrogant knowledge over arrogant ignorance.

  5. Clintstantinople May 5, 2013

    I agree with the message, but really hate that politicial speech such as this can count as a “sermon” at a tax-exempt religious organization.

  6. Raymond Cook May 5, 2013

    George Carlin said it best: The planet isn’t going anywhere, we are! We’re going away!

    1. Grumpy May 19, 2013

      The planet has been here for 8 billion years and will be here for another 8 billion years. I read that in a Science book. I tend to believe the Science book over the Bible because the bible was written 6 thousand or more years ago by men who were just guessing and trying to figure out how to guide and lead people who were less intelligent than they were. We, as supposed enlightened people need to pay close attention to what we’re being told by Scientist who hopefully mean us no harm. Politicians not so much. Politicians only look out for themselves and the next election. If the Polar Ice Cap is melting and we’re about to drown from more floods and devastating bad weather, I’m concerned. George Carlin hit the nail on the head, “Houston, We got a problem”. The Earth is here to stay, we need to be looking for the Exit sign.

  7. BenTheGuy May 5, 2013

    Hate to break it to you guys, but amazing advances in other energy sources are happening all the time. None of them are ready to replace fossil fuels yet, but eventually they will be. Why? Because there’s tons of money to be made for whomever can bring that to the world. This guy seems to be ignoring science and only looking at the politics, and the politics miss the point.

    1. Guest May 5, 2013

      actually, the politics are affect the entire infrastructure of the energy sector. The science is nice and dandy but the politics are what implement new technology. What is that money gonna do for the world in the hands of the .01 percent of man?

    2. zach May 5, 2013

      actually, the politics are what effect the entire infrastructure of society. The science is nice and dandy but the politics are what
      implement new technology. What is that money gonna do for the world in
      the hands of the .01 percent of man?

      1. BenTheGuy May 6, 2013

        The guys who run Google make a ton of money, does that mean that the rest of us don’t get to enjoy the internet? Did politics implement Google? Did politics implement the cell phone? What about TV, did that come around because of politics? The airplane? In fact, there’s very little evidence to back your claim that game changing technology requires politicians to spread and enhance humanity.

        1. Jack7 January 18, 2014

          False Equivocation. You sound like a champion of free market bullshit. THe problem is, clean energy companies that don’t exist yet can’t have a say in the political policy that existing fossil fuel companies have on energy policy. That didn’t apply to fledgling or non existing industries like the internet or flight.

          We got by without fossil fuels for the majority of our existence, so we could at any point eliminate them and survive, especially if we work on creating a new sustainable clean infrastructure. So don’t give me any shit about “not ready”

  8. Shannon O'Callaghan May 5, 2013

    All the money in the world is not gonna save them if the planet goes to shit.

  9. johnq May 5, 2013

    correction: “manufactured political crisis”

  10. atc333 May 8, 2013

    the GOP Right Wing will never agree to any real Environmental legislation to protect our environment, much less to slow, or even begin to reverse warming, which is really rather shortsighted. Research into new technology means new jobs, and more economic activity which means a net gain, not a loss, Considering the cost of oil, an alternative source of energy should result in lower costs to the consumer, as demand will go down.

    Now, under the current approach, Oil prices will continue to go up as demand goes up from more and more emerging nations enter the market place. Those nations are compelled to use oil, we however, have a choice, as we have the means, resources, and ability to develop it, providing the GOP will allow the Nation to invest in its development.

    What happened to tidal generators, free energy for 18 hours a day, yet where are the under sea generators? Much more consistent than wind energy, and no eyesore.

    Perhaps, it is time for the voters to wake up, and realize that many of our elected legislators are not representing the people, but only certain segments of Corporate America. It is time to recognize that this nation needs statesmen who will put nation, not self, or campaign contributors first, and not politicians who only think of themselves. It is time to outlaw all Corporate campaign contributions, or else severely limit them to a per candidate contribution,, as well as limit lobbyist contributions and the amounts of individual contributions to a per person, per candidate amount. Otherwise, this Nation will go the way of Ancient Rome, which fell because the politicians and the “job creators” back then arranged for most of Romes wealth to be “redistributed” to the very rich, exactly what the GOP polices have been doing doing in this Nation.

    Thanks to the GOP, the “Job Creators” , the top 2%, now own over 46% of all the wealth in America. In 1969, that same group only owned 8%, No wonder the middle class has shrunk, and almost 50% of all Americans, (The GOP/Romney’s 47%) now live in, below, or just above the poverty level, and minimum wage, which is now “standard wage” now has less than 70% of the purchasing power that it did 20 years ago, and the GOP blocks every attempt to increase it. No wonder we have so many people on food stamps, child assistance, welfare, and using food banks to survive. Just think how many Americans would be self sufficient if they had that additional income, and the Far Right could quit complaining about the 47% not paying taxes.

    Do the math. Could you survive on $360.00 a week before taxes? Not a chance.

  11. Archie's Boy May 8, 2013

    I don’t know a great deal about the mechanics of global warming, but I know this: if we keep on polluting at the current rate, the earth — supremely indifferent to human political shenanigans — will approach and pass vital (to us, anyway) tipping points until it slides into a new and irreversible equilibrium. And that equilibrium may not support human life.


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