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The Atlantic appears to be demonstrating that it has its priorities in order… the question being is it the proper order?
An essay in the liberal publication that Fox News host Tucker Carlson previously described as a shameless corporate mouthpiece and a place for the ruling class to talk to itself warns that a nuclear war prompted by the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine could be really bad for the environment.
To his credit, the author points out that a so-called no-fly zone over Ukraine (which many neocons and neolibs seem to be advocating) could be ruinous in that it could lead to a exchange of nuclear warheads between the U.S. and Russia.
But he then added, “And it would be worse for the climate than any energy policy that Donald Trump ever proposed.”
“I mean this quite literally,” staff writer Robinson Meyer continued. “If you are worried about rapid, catastrophic changes to the planet’s climate, then you must be worried about nuclear war. That is because, on top of killing tens of millions of people, even a relatively ‘minor’ exchange of nuclear weapons would wreck the planet’s climate in enormous and long-lasting ways.”
He went on to list the various calamities that would occur in this ghastly scenario. “And even though the world would get cooler, the nuclear winter resulting from a full-blown global conflict (or even ‘nuclear fall,’ as some researchers prefer) would not reverse the effect of what we might morbidly call ‘traditional’ human-caused climate change,” he added.
You can review the article in its entirety for the full context and draw your own conclusions.
Parenthetically, Biden climate envoy John Kerry, the former U.S. senator, U.S. secretary of state under Obama, and failed 2004 Democrat presidential candidate, lamented on the eve of the Ukraine invasion that the conflict could divert attention from the climate crisis.
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on BBC Arabic: The Ukraine Crisis Could Distract the World from the Climate Crisis While Having Massive Emissions Consequences #RussiaUkraineConflict #UkraineRussie #UkraineRussiaCrisis #ClimateCrisis @JohnKerry @ClimateEnvoy pic.twitter.com/nsOC1iZeGm
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) February 24, 2022
The Atlantic article, which is headlined “On Top of Everything Else, Nuclear War Would Be a Climate Problem,” is getting blasted, as it were, on social media.
Here is just a small sample of the responses:
The climate change people have lost their minds. pic.twitter.com/OVElhgYFPt
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 13, 2022
Can you tell us what effect the National league going to the designated hitter will have on climate change and how it will disproportionately effect trans gender people of color?
— Butch Chatfield (@CaddyshackLou) March 12, 2022
Climate change is the absolute last thing anyone would care about of nukes start dropping!
Such clowns at the Atlantic. 🤡🤡🤡 https://t.co/FWMj7pMQW6
— Beautiful Diamonds BDS (@bespokerings) March 13, 2022
Ok NOW I’m convinced nuclear war is bad
— Optimus Subprime (@NotaBot_Rollout) March 12, 2022
Holy cow. It’s a real headline. I saw @TheBabylonBee talking about it and thought it might be fake.
— John Cincinnatus (@CincinnatusJohn) March 12, 2022
I can’t wait for the follow-up explainer on how a global thermonuclear holocaust would disproportionately affect people of color.
— Stars and Stripes (@StarznStrypz) March 12, 2022
You’re telling me global WARMING and nuclear WINTER don’t cancel each other out????
— Sassy Politics 🌻🇺🇦 (@politic_sass) March 12, 2022
Tens of millions of people wasn’t the deal breaker…climate change tho…this must end now!
— Andrew • The DM King 👑• Affiliate Marketing (@TheDMKing) March 12, 2022
These people are broken: intellectually, emotionally, logically, morally.
And they can’t even see it. https://t.co/A10AiIvP8w
— xťřåbíğģğ *Not Valid In Some States (@xtrabiggg) March 13, 2022
Of course a nuclear war would kill tens of millions but it never occurred to me that it wouldn’t be so good for the climate. Brilliant!
Maybe we should try to avoid a nuclear war, just like the @TheAtlantic should avoid publishing silly articles.
— Joel M. Petlin (@Joelmpetlin) March 13, 2022
Where are the editors?
— Blame Big Government (@BlameBigGovt) March 12, 2022
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