Noam Chomsky: Today's Republican Party Could Be Most Dangerous Organization in Human History

In interview with Democracy Now, Noam Chomsky asserts that today's Republican Party could be the most dangerous organization in human history.

In an interview with Democracy Now, Noam Chomsky asserts that today's Republican Party could be the most dangerous organization in human history.

Via The Independent:

> “Has there ever been an organisation in human history that is dedicated, with such commitment, to the destruction of organised human life on Earth?” he asked the audience at a Democracy Now! event. 

> “Not that I’m aware of. Is the Republican organisation - I hesitate to call it a party - committed to that? Overwhelmingly. There isn’t even any question about it.”

> “So there’s the whole world on one side, literally, at least trying to do something or other, not enough maybe, although some places are going pretty far, like Denmark, couple of others; and on the other side, in splendid isolation, is the country led by the most dangerous organisation in human history, which is saying, ‘We’re not part of this. In fact, we’re going to try to undermine it.’

> "We’re going to maximise the use of fossil fuels - could carry us past the tipping point. We’re not going to provide funding for - as committed in Paris, to developing countries that are trying to do something about the climate problems. We’re going to dismantle regulations that retard the impact, the devastating impact, of production of carbon dioxide and, in fact, other dangerous gases - methane, others."

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Joe Bures
Joe Bures

I used to work in chemical industry. EPA regulations were getting tougher, and tougher every year. We had vice president Gore pushing for even more control and less pollution. So him and our government without the chemical and environmental knowledge were making new emission standards into the laws. Lets cut all emission in half. This one was before "50 parts per billion" lets make it "25 parts per billion". This pollutant is totally unacceptable and emission standard is as of now "0 parts per billion". So lot of companies in the US spent millions of dollars for filtration and air scrubbing equipment to meet those standards. Company I worked for did the same thing. So everything was going as planned, until government made more changes. Experts that couldn't find a job in private sector, accepted job offers from our EPA. I met few of them. Some couldn't even speak or understand English. They came in with all type of instrument, drilling holes in all of the exhaust stacks and making measurements. I felt that most of the measurements were incorrect. Every measurement they made was different from day to day. Well the end result was, our company with all of the new air pollution equipment costing few million dollars, didn't pass the test. So after fines and penalties given to us, the owner decided to liquidate the company. We had about 100 employees, now all without a job. This procedure started new trend in the US. Companies couldn't meet the guidelines, so they either shut down or moved the company to foreign country with no EPA regulations or standards. Under Obama, he made a pledge to Paris climate agreement, that US will cut down on pollution even more in 7 steps (7 years). Every year the EPA standards got even tougher, to the point that most of the manufacturing companies moved to other countries overseas. All we had left was distribution centers for Chinese made crap, service and fast food jobs. Country was going broke. You go to our stores, and you can't find any US made items. Everything is imported. US is on the verge of bankruptcy. What Trump did and what is he doing, he is trying to bring back the manufacturing companies to US. So in order to do that, he has no choice but reverse some of the restrains. In the eyes of the World and in the eyes of young liberals, he is the bad guy. Without understanding that only way to make money and for US to survive, we need the manufacturing companies to come back, we need the money producing jobs. Service and food industry is not going to cut it. EPA is not going away, but we have to make reachable goals, not something that is impossible to obtain. So just like you said Andrew Winters "its difficult to go through a period of development without radically increasing emissions". We are back in that position.

IhateTrump
IhateTrump
Joe Bures
Joe Bures said: I used to work in chemical industry. EPA regulations were getting tougher, and tougher every year. We had vice president Gore pushing for even more control and less pollution. So him and our government without the chemical and environmental knowledge were making new emission standards into the laws. Lets cut all emission in half. This one was before "50 parts per billion" lets make it "25 parts per billion". This pollutant is totally unacceptable and emission standard is as of now "0 parts per billion". So lot of companies in the US spent millions of dollars for filtration and air scrubbing equipment to meet those standards. Company I worked for did the same thing. So everything was going as planned, until government made more changes. Experts that couldn't find a job in private sector, accepted job offers from our EPA. I met few of them. Some couldn't even speak or understand English. They came in with all type of instrument, drilling holes in all of the exhaust stacks and making measurements. I felt that most of the measurements were incorrect. Every measurement they made was different from day to day. Well the end result was, our company with all of the new air pollution equipment costing few million dollars, didn't pass the test. So after fines and penalties given to us, the owner decided to liquidate the company. We had about 100 employees, now all without a job. This procedure started new trend in the US. Companies couldn't meet the guidelines, so they either shut down or moved the company to foreign country with no EPA regulations or standards. Under Obama, he made a pledge to Paris climate agreement, that US will cut down on pollution even more in 7 steps (7 years). Every year the EPA standards got even tougher, to the point that most of the manufacturing companies moved to other countries overseas. All we had left was distribution centers for Chinese made crap, service and fast food jobs. Country was going broke. You go to our stores, and you can't find any US made items. Everything is imported. US is on the verge of bankruptcy. What Trump did and what is he doing, he is trying to bring back the manufacturing companies to US. So in order to do that, he has no choice but reverse some of the restrains. In the eyes of the World and in the eyes of young liberals, he is the bad guy. Without understanding that only way to make money and for US to survive, we need the manufacturing companies to come back, we need the money producing jobs. Service and food industry is not going to cut it. EPA is not going away, but we have to make reachable goals, not something that is impossible to obtain. So just like you said Andrew Winters "its difficult to go through a period of development without radically increasing emissions". We are back in that position.

Nothing matters if we go extinct. Alternative energy would create JOBS!!! GUESS WHO HAS THE BIGGEST PRODUCTION OF SOLAR PANELS???

Bruce Gruber
Bruce Gruber

So, the problem is NOT the potential consequences of shortcuts to profitability. Health or environmental degredation, displacement or abandonment of societal assets, maximization of income inequality are ignorable considerations in the "cost" half of the cost/benefit calculations because the "public" can address or absorb them 'later' ?!? The REGULATIONS that acknowledge and intrude such 'costs' into the societal effects into the 'imbalance sheet of greed for wealth and power" are the PROBLEM.
sturbingly enshrined in tax deductibility by the indifferent corporate veil from individual 'human' responsibility

George Wilson
George Wilson
Joe Bures
Joe Bures said: I used to work in chemical industry. EPA regulations were getting tougher, and tougher every year. We had vice president Gore pushing for even more control and less pollution. So him and our government without the chemical and environmental knowledge were making new emission standards into the laws. Lets cut all emission in half. This one was before "50 parts per billion" lets make it "25 parts per billion". This pollutant is totally unacceptable and emission standard is as of now "0 parts per billion". So lot of companies in the US spent millions of dollars for filtration and air scrubbing equipment to meet those standards. Company I worked for did the same thing. So everything was going as planned, until government made more changes. Experts that couldn't find a job in private sector, accepted job offers from our EPA. I met few of them. Some couldn't even speak or understand English. They came in with all type of instrument, drilling holes in all of the exhaust stacks and making measurements. I felt that most of the measurements were incorrect. Every measurement they made was different from day to day. Well the end result was, our company with all of the new air pollution equipment costing few million dollars, didn't pass the test. So after fines and penalties given to us, the owner decided to liquidate the company. We had about 100 employees, now all without a job. This procedure started new trend in the US. Companies couldn't meet the guidelines, so they either shut down or moved the company to foreign country with no EPA regulations or standards. Under Obama, he made a pledge to Paris climate agreement, that US will cut down on pollution even more in 7 steps (7 years). Every year the EPA standards got even tougher, to the point that most of the manufacturing companies moved to other countries overseas. All we had left was distribution centers for Chinese made crap, service and fast food jobs. Country was going broke. You go to our stores, and you can't find any US made items. Everything is imported. US is on the verge of bankruptcy. What Trump did and what is he doing, he is trying to bring back the manufacturing companies to US. So in order to do that, he has no choice but reverse some of the restrains. In the eyes of the World and in the eyes of young liberals, he is the bad guy. Without understanding that only way to make money and for US to survive, we need the manufacturing companies to come back, we need the money producing jobs. Service and food industry is not going to cut it. EPA is not going away, but we have to make reachable goals, not something that is impossible to obtain. So just like you said Andrew Winters "its difficult to go through a period of development without radically increasing emissions". We are back in that position.

Joe, we would love to share your story on the Deplorables group on Facebook. The EPA is evil. They need to be in jail for what they did to our nation.

Lplindsley
Lplindsley

Someone told me long ago that a Native American once said: "Only white men piss in their own drinking water."
After reading some of the comments here and observing the current political climate and the rise to power of many incompetent ones being promoted by many who have no desire for knowledge I can see that it is a statement well worth considering.