Greenpeace – DeepSea Oil Drilling

Greenpeace – A new chapter in the New Zealand story

We already know that to prevent major climate issues we need to leave most of the fossil fuel we already know about in the ground.
Why are we looking for more?

We know that on current trends, we are only 15 years away from meeting all our energy needs from solar (solar has had a doubling time of 2 years for over 30 years, and is currently only 7 doublings from meeting our needs).

It seems that the only reason for drilling for deep sea oil is short term profit for a wealthy few (versus long term community interest).

If resources represented by that money were instead invested in automating renewable resources, then we would be in a position to provide universal abundance of all essentials even sooner.

Poverty is a necessary part of a market based system.
Markets require unequal distributions, which imply many with less than a healthy minimum.

We have the automated technology to be able to deliver a high minimum standard of living to everyone, but doing so would break the current economic system.
Seems to me that looked at in terms that value life and liberty, the current system is already broken.

Any serious student of evolution knows that cooperation is a far more powerful force in evolution than competition.

A little more higher level cooperation can heal all the damage we have done, and empower everyone to do whatever they responsibly choose (where responsibility is demonstrating by one’s actions a respect for the life and liberty of every other sapient entity {human and non-human, biological and non-biological}).

Markets served us well when we were faced with genuine scarcity.
Now that we have the technical capacity to deliver real abundance to everyone, market based mechanisms break down, as any universal abundance has zero market value (like oxygen in the air, arguably the most important thing to any of us, yet of no market value due to its universal abundance).

The great lie of most market economists is that markets will deliver abundance to all. They cannot, they will not. It is simply not a viable market outcome.

Time for a level of cooperation that goes beyond market values.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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