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Robert S. Eshelman, The Nation, June 25, 2014
Gregory Page, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Cargill. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

The US economy could suffer damages running into the hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century due to climate change, according to a study released yesterday. The report, titled "Risky Business," is the first comprehensive assessment of the economic risks of climate change to the United States.

Henry M. Paulson, Jr., New York Times, June 21, 2014

While SCNCC doesn't necessary agree with many of the prescriptions and conclusions of this article, it is an interesting and important point of view from a political insider on the coming "climate bubble".

Noel Ortega, Foreign Policy in Focus, June 18, 2014

The crisis of capitalism isn't just about the gap between rich and poor. It's about the gap between what’s demanded by our planet and what’s demanded by our economy.

Brad Hornick, rabble.ca, June 19, 2014

But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence… illusion only is sacred, truth profane. Nay sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness. Feuerbach, Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity

Chris Hedges, Truthdig, June 16, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Noam Chomsky, whom I interviewed last Thursday at his office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has influenced intellectuals in the United States and abroad in incalculable ways. His explications of empire, mass propaganda, the hypocrisy and pliability of the liberal class and the failings of academics, as well as the way language is used as a mask by the power elite to prevent us from seeing reality, make him the most important intellectual in the country.

Jonathan Neale, Climate & Capitalism, June 16, 2014

We know what has to be done to stop climate change. We also know why the ruling class refuses to take decisive action. We need a total break from thirty years of neo-liberalism and the ideology of the market. And we need a vision of a world of human solidarity.

Jonathan Neale, author of Stop Global Warming: Change the World, sets out what needs to be done — and what socialists must do to make it happen.

Stephen Leahy, Inter Press Service, June 13, 2014

Pollution, not disease, is the biggest killer in the developing world, taking the lives of more than 8.4 million people each year, a new analysis shows. That’s almost three times the deaths caused by malaria and fourteen times those caused by HIV/AIDs. However, pollution receives a fraction of the interest from the global community.

Evo Morales, June 15, 2014

This speech by Evo Morales worth another look: Democracy Now reports on the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, held in Cochabamba, Bolivia on April 20, 2010. The main speaker, Bolivia's president Evo Morales Ayma condemned the capitalist system in the opening session: "We have two paths. Either capitalism dies, or Mother Earth dies...We are here; brothers and sisters, for the rights of Mother earth..."

Nafeez Ahmed, The Guardian, June 14, 2014

The latest data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and other sources proves that the oil and gas majors are in deep trouble. Over the last decade, rising oil prices have been driven primarily by rising production costs.

Dave Sewell, Socialist Worker (UK), June 3, 2014

US president Barack Obama announced major new regulations on pollution on Monday of this week.

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