Benny Benassi, “Eco-Magnation” & Climate Reality

The three videos below, though seemingly unrelated, bear a bizarre connection to each other. Stranger still, our fate may depend upon our ability to understand this. They are presented here in the order of most to least viewed.

The first video may not be safe for work, but bears such a close resemblance to the next that it must be considered as a possible source of artistic, or at least marketing, inspiration. Take note of the shot of the woman with the drill about one minute in.

The second video is a GE add for clean coal set to 16 tons, and tells us that, “harnessing the power of coal is looking more beautiful everyday”. In contrast to Benny Benassi they use both shirtless male and female models to do this. (Readers interested in cultural studies or cinematography should take note of the parallel between the shots 20, 25 and 33 seconds in, and Benassi’s drilling woman.)

Without explicitly using the words “clean coal” they announce their achievement as “another product of pure eco-magination”. Since burning the “250 year” supply of coal will necessarily release huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the air, I’m apt to agree.

This last video takes us out of the fantasy realm of Benassi and the imaginary realm of GE’s, to one much less made-up. It is physicist and climate expert Dr. Joseph Romm trying to inject some statements based on research into the house of representatives. The heat we have been under all summer is slated to soon become mild in comparison to future heat waves. More specifically, it has become clear that if we do not change the way we use energy now, we will rapidly lock ourselves into a future of record breaking wildfires, and droughts described as “multiple, mulit-decade Dust Bowls”.

Whether congress is ready to contend with this reality, given its mortal significance, or whether it will continue to operating under the fantasy that there is still time to safely increase concentrations of greenhouse gasses, remains unclear. However, this is; until Dr. Romm’s message reaches more people than Benassi’s, there will be little pressure on congress to do so, and the stakes are high.

For the full transcript of Dr. Romm’s statement, click here.

~ Nevaspora


Fire, Floods & Fury

Apologies for the long delay while we were getting organized. Some of the regular writers will be quite busy the next couple of months so longer posts will be somewhat disparate. Still, we’re redoubling our efforts to put up more frequent short posts throughout the week. There’s just too much going on not to.

Last Friday, as Colorado continued to burn, a derecho swept past the mid Atlantic coast. It followed a day of record breaking heat. It was 104F in Washington D.C.,our nation’s capitol. The temperature high broke 142 years of records. My family lives in the area, and so I first found out first from them. Trees were down everywhere, over a million in the area were left without electricity, and, I was told, for 45 minutes it was as though there was an electrical storm in the sky. They filled me in while I was visiting Toronto, where the heatwave was only hitting the 90’s. Heat feeds storms, it gives them energy. It also feeds fire. It may be hard to say that the changes in climate are causing any specific weather event, because is very hard to say that a given weather event wouldn’t otherwise occur- even it would be incredibly unlikely. Much of that has to do with cautious nature of “science speak” which is far more conservative than todays “news speak”.

The message that is not debated even in academic circles, but often lost, is this: The climate is getting hotter. We are experiencing an increase in the extreme wether events one would expect with a hotter climate. The way we burn energy plays a key role in adding heat to the atmosphere. We have the technology to change that now.

Again, there is sound and copious research to back each of these statements.
(In fact, I’ll link a reputable reference to each word, in another post, when I have a little more time.)

So, is this a fluke, is it a still rare phenomenon foreshadowing what will someday be common, or is this the new normal?

~ Nuevaspora