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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.

“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."

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???

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

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.

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.

The problem with this argument is that it is a typical shallow blame game me first statement. If you listen to what is said all the way through here, you will realize there is plenty of fault to go around to both parties. Blaming communism and socialism for the destruction of our environment by the people in charge today is just superficial and short thinking or diversion, to say the least. Many of us want the same thing but all of us need to expand the narrative beyond partisanship.

Add Fox News as public enemy #2 on the list.

Thanks for taking the time and effort to write that. I'm sure that's why so many people seem to be happy about Trump's presidency. But in the meantime, he's destroying our National Parks... trying to allow oil and gas drilling everywhere. I come from that part of the world in Southeast New Mexico... and I agree. I think Obama was trying to usher in solar too fast. There are WAY too many cars of all ages still driving around, and nowhere near enough jobs in alternative energies for them all. I just wish Trump would TRY to be a bit more accommodating. Polite. Nice. Not have to always be the center of everyone's attention, and just bring our standing in the world up a little bit...

But is it really true that the US was going bankrupt when Obama's healthcare plan would have fixed the deficit that Trump has set back into place and widened. The truth is, the EPA regulations were a strain on the rich who didn't want to live in a more socialized service-based economy. Getting back into manufacturing isn't a necessity for our future. Manufacturing is still becoming increasingly automated, and the result of this is that a lot of manufacturing has even returned to the US, where patent laws are stronger, but that doesn't mean they're bringing back the industry jobs that the US had in the early 20th century, and Trump's catastrophic move to kick the legs out from poor people who are already suffering is a dated tactic that wont work anymore, because you can't squeeze blood from a stone. There are no paying jobs for them to go to and the adult education system is broken. Trump doesn't just deny man-made global warming exists. Trump denies that any climate change is happening altogether, ignoring not only science but statistics and basic common sense. Of course the sea levels are rising; why else would the Maldives be moving their entire community? But you income growth is more vital than sustaining life on this planet, or making sure millions of people in this country don't die from poor nutrition and a failing healthcare system.

Before everything being made in China, everything was made in Japan. I distinctly remember because my father who was aboard the USS Tennessee at Pearl Harbor saw a pilot of one of the Japanese bombers shake his fist at the carnage below. So Dad said nothing made in Japan.... Mom said these things are made in Japan, but let's not tell Dad because American made things were like 4 x higher! P.S. -- The first car I bought on my own? A Datsun. A car dealer showed it to me, and I liked it. Dad sort of reacted when I got home with it, but he never said anything specifically to me about it.

Has there ever been a doctorate linguist in human history who is dedicated, with such commitment, to hyperbole?

More dangerous than Stalin's regime, or Mao's, or Hitler's, or Pol Pot's? Really, Noam?

Industry has proven itself to be unreliable at regulating itself - from the Industrial Age in America. An EPA would not have been necessary if industry leaders had. No one wants the next power plant in their backyard, but if you're volunteering, we can get word to the White House (no complaining when your kids get leukemia). Again, what's wrong with clean energy? Why do you ignore the most knowledgeable people on the planet when they are sounding the alarm? Do you shut your eyes and eyes to reports of poisoned land and water? Will you pay the ultimate price for defending that position? Because you, and people like you, aren't going to speak for me and my loved ones. #ItsTime for the Awakening. If you're not part of the solution, stand aside and let the warriors do the work.

I agree with what you are saying to the extent that it becomes harder for manufacturing to meet ever tougher standards and impacts profitability. The push for tighter standards must be accompanied by investment in infrastructure by Federal and State Government. Rolling back the EPA rules on coal and pollution isn't a long term solution, it is a very short-sighted one. Government should be investing billions in clean energy solutions and finding ways to help established industries modernize.

Do you think hyperbole might be necessary for some folks to actually open their effing eyes?

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