Climate of fear

Even scarier than the prospect of climate change is the possibility that, far from attempting to mitigate its effects on vulnerable people, power-holders will instead exploit fear, destabilization, and disasters to further concentrate wealth and power, as they already tend to do in times of war, terror, recession. Trump’s election may be a precursor, his anti-immigration policies appealing to fears of the humanitarian expense posed by refugees, whose numbers are likely to swell as climate change hastens, and his anti-environment policies appealing to fears that rules protecting clean air and water will affect bottom lines.

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