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Amy Westervelt
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Amy Westervelt retweeted
Peter Jacobs, Ph(in)D(out if you're registered) 14h
So people who we are supposed to believe represent the best and the brightest on climate policy are apparently absolutely flummoxed that climate activists who've lived their entire lives under the specter of climate disaster don't think dirty energy companies are trustworthy? 🤔
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Amy Westervelt 23h
Replying to @AndreSobolewski
It’s not my “impression,” it’s a quote from this:
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
Replying to @Messier_87_
This is the same as Exxon and Shell...really the whole industry. honestly I think it’s boring old greed. No one wanted to strand their assets so soon, the bottom fell out of the market on oil in the 80s and they opted to squeeze as much $ out of what they already had as possible
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
I *just* heard a tech dude describe that industry's approach as a "desire to fix the planet or, if necessary, leave it altogether" and it's just so much of the same man-dominating-nature, man in charge, bullshit as ever... with a dash of escape hatch to Mars for the rich
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
Replying to @AndreSobolewski
that is sadly very true!
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
Replying to @OberandOut
oof yeah. the one thing that gives me some hope on that front is that very few people are as extremely pissed about disinformation as Kerry. That swiftboat thing was kinda the beginning of the new disinfo system; it'd be cool if he tackled *that* as climate czar.
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
Replying to @tatianalujanr
YES so true
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
Replying to @MaryHeglar
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
Replying to @MaryHeglar
i hate you. but also 🤣💀
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
Replying to @daveanthony
bahahahahha dong
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
Replying to @amywestervelt
Also ALSO you think someone told the Kochs "listen guys, funding a dark web of think tanks and universities to take down climate policy and civil rights legislation is batshit crazy it will never work"? Probably yeah, but they were like fuck you we're going for it, and LOOK
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
Replying to @physicspod
Yes! That's the thing, the left in the U.S. is constantly shutting down that kind of thinking while the right is like fuck it, let's take down Brown v. Board
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
Replying to @amywestervelt
and the thing is... we really need moon shots on climate. We need a complete reimagining of society. That doesn't come from being "realistic" and always keeping in mind the barriers that exist today
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
I know that we always need to think about what's achievable, what's "realistic" in the near term, etc, but dang nowhere is that sentiment shared so early and so frequently as climate. You can't get the word "Ideally..." out before someone is wrapping you in a reality blanket
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Amy Westervelt retweeted
Dana Nuccitelli Nov 25
Tidbit from some economics research I'm doing for a future piece: Trump promised 3.5–4% GDP growth. Mnuchin promised >3% growth. Actual 2017–2019 pre-COVID growth: 2.5%, up just slightly from 2.2% in post-recession Obama years despite huge tax cuts & deficits.
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
I really hate this whole “you should shut up so WE can fight capitalism together” approach. It doesn’t accomplish what you’re after, and actually “we” can absolutely tackle capitalism, patriarchy and racism all at the same time. In fact it’s more likely to actually work that way
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
You are being pretty condescending and dismissive while telling other people to get along while lecturing people that their issues are not as important as YOUR issue. You see how that’s problematic yeah? And hypocritical?
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
It’s not “framing and feather ruffling,” it’s unforced errors and a centering of white male perspective that’s extremely common in the environmental movement. In the same way that extractive capitalism probably ain’t it, neither is white supremacist patriarchal bullshit.
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Amy Westervelt Nov 25
My biggest issue was that in making avoidable mistakes (using old data, talking only to white people about population), then refusing to admit any errors, Gibbs & Moore actually distracted from the very valid and necessary critique of “solutions” rooted in extractive capitalism
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Amy Westervelt retweeted
The Human Utility Nov 25
Just updated our transparency board. 336 families helped so far this year with approx. $137,222.43 in water bill assistance. If you know families in need, send them to us.
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