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Interview with historian Laurence Shoup
Laurence Shoup
 Dale Lehman/WZRD  Contact Contributor
Feb. 3, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Interview with historian Laurence Shoup about his recent book “Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014”.

Shoup explains how the CFR has influenced U.S. Government policy on behalf of it's Capitalist Class and Corporate members from it's beginning, following the First World War, until present. The CFR is dominated by oil corporations, banks and oligarchs with investments in energy and petrochemicals. Beginning in 1990 the CFR initiated a series of studies to determine their role in the ecological crisis and climate change resulting from its members business model and the production and consumption of fossil fuels. In Chapter 8, “Fiddling While the Earth Slowly Burns: The Council and The Ecological Crisis, 1990-2014,” he reveals that the CFR studies show that “....solving the ecological crisis meant questioning the future use of fossil fuels and capitalism itself,....” By 2014 they concluded that their business interests depended on accelerating fossil fuel production, while promoting “adaptation” to the extreme weather events that trapping more energy in the Earth's atmosphere would result in.

Shoup offers alternatives to the CFR's “...continuing injustice and ecocide” and speaks of what might be done.

Laurence Shoup

Patti Smith - "People Have the Power"

January 11, 2018, Benton lecture by atmospheric scientist James Anderson resulted in an article in Forbes business magazine. Anderson's message to the select audience - There is not much time left before humans loose the ability to effect conditions caused by fossil fuel forcing of the Earth's energy balance. (article)

2015 interview where Anderson explains the science, social and political issues to a student. Anderson identifies the people who profit from the status quo as part of the problem.(interview)

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