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RollingStone's Enemies of the Planet: Warren Buffett Heads the List

RollingStone has published an article on the individuals who are single-handedly posting the biggest threat to our planet.   It is an interesting list and includes:

  • Warren Buffett - the dubious number 1 spot who seems to be banking on the failure of the clean energy bills with huge investments tied to coal.
  • Rupert Murdoch -  #2 due to the Fox News propaganda machine.
  • Sen. James Inhofe - who proudly guarantees that the GOP will be able to block carbon curbing legislation and bemoaned not landing in the number 1 position on the RollingStone list.
  • George Will - for writing lie after lie in his column - thus using his reputation as the Conservative Intellectual to give credibility to disinformation.
  • John McCain - Flip-flopping to try and save his political life.

The common theme to the list seems to be age (most on the list are over 70, wtf - they don't need the planet that much longer?) and personal gain in terms of money and/or power and influence.   Buffett is particularly baffling.  One one hand, he is pledging 80% of his fortune to the Gates Foundation to help developing countries.  One can only wonder what goes on the that rickety-old brain but clearly increasing his wealth and making investments is more important than the consequences of those investments.  Reading the list and the details of the enemies reaffirms in my mind the need for technological solution - the more profit in green technologies the quicker the nay-sayers will see the light.