Gerry Canavan

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One Thing the Ecological Left Must Do

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Naturally I agree with every item on the Ten Things Obama Must Do on the Environment checklist, (via) but the problem as always comes in the failure to think through what should happen when Obama doesn’t do these things, or worse, does the exact opposite—as he already has on #1, #2, #3, and #10 at least. At some point the ecological left has to move past thinking of Obama as its ally and begin thinking of him more like its opponent; only when we give up the notion that Obama is fundamentally “on our side” can his “mistakes” on the environment be understood. They’re not mistakes, they’re policy choices, made solely at Obama’s executive discretion without anywhere else to point the finger. Making checklists for him to continue to ignore won’t save the planet.

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September 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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  1. s.v. ‘Frequently Misused Words’

    “ecology, environment

    “We are studying the ecology of the Malaysian jungle. (relationship between organisms and environment)

    “We are afraid that nuclear waste will destroy the environment. (surroundings)”

    https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/advice/writingbetter/ch2/misuse/misused-words
    Retrieved 9/17/2011

    R. B. Blair

    September 17, 2011 at 3:25 am

    • People have started to use “ecological” in order to contrast with environmentalism, which they see as insufficient, compromised, and flawed. I’m just following their lead…

      gerrycanavan

      September 17, 2011 at 7:21 am

      • I think we (at Duke) started using these words in this way after reading a lot of John Bellamy Foster. Basically the idea of using “ecology/ecological” is to denote a position more radical than “mere” environmentalism, which frequently (and increasingly) describes not a challenge to the system but rather the set of political institutions through which we broker the ongoing destruction of the planet.

        gerrycanavan

        September 17, 2011 at 7:56 am

  2. […] One Thing the Ecological Left Must Do: Naturally I agree with every item on the Ten Things Obama Must Do on the Environment checklist,(via) but the problem as always comes in the failure to think through what should happen when Obama doesn’t do these things, or worse, does the exact opposite—as he already has on #1, #2, #3, and #10 at least. At some point the ecological left has to move past thinking of Obama as its ally and begin thinking of him more like its opponent; only when we give up the notion that Obama is fundamentally “on our side” can his “mistakes” on the environment be understood. They’re not mistakes, they’re policy choices, made solely at Obama’s executive discretion without anywhere else to point the finger. Making checklists for him to continue to ignore won’t save the planet. […]

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