Story Idea for Climate Change Conspiracy
Inside a secluded retreat with a long driveway filled with limousines and luxury sedans a speaker standing beside a row of seated panelists asks,”Are there any questions?” A man responds, “Are you absolutely certain we can pull it out of the air?”
It is spring of the year 1969. Richard Nixon has taken office, Neil Armstrong will soon become the first human to stand on the moon, and Woodstock planning is underway. The panel of scientists and engineers has just completed addressing a secret meeting of executives from the nation’s largest corporations in the energy, finance, insurance, and manufacturing industries. The subject is CO2–production, impact, and removal.
“Yes we can. Removing CO2 from the atmosphere will be the greatest engineering feat ever accomplished. Bigger than the pyramids, bigger even than going to the moon. And it will be the most expensive and most profitable in human history. Your packets contain the texts of the presentations along with relevant breakdowns of costs and profits. The data on removal technology and cost follows the text of Mr. _____’s presentation.”
Another executive stands, “How can we convince people to pay for something we have done for profit? Why would anyone be willing to do that?”
“If you look at the projections accompanying Dr. _______’s presentation, you will see that the climatic effects of the CO2 will cause such massive disruptions and losses of life and property that fear and even panic occur worldwide. People will accept anyone with an effective solution as their savior. It is essential, however that we have control over lawmakers so that we control public funding. We must block any upstart independent companies or public government projects. Work on this must begin immediately. Review the details of the required social and political manipulations given with Reverend ______’s presentation.”
“More questions? No? Then let’s take a break and enjoy one another’s company. Please discuss your questions with our panel and take some time to study the material in your packets. For security reasons, none of that material can leave this place.”
Sadly one of the most diverting, covert remarks and misinformation this American public has swallowed hook, line, and sinker. Where did the honor of accountability for one’s own creation(s) get overlooked, ignored, tricked, deceived or disguised?
Why shouldn’t this be the owner’s/creator’s responsibility too who for decades did not care one iota about viable options for disposal once out of “warranty” — warranties all too often too short but know well by its manufacturing engineers/CEO’S — and their responsibility or AT LEAST partial responsibility!? Don’t they want to have the “BEST” products on the market, pre-release, release, consumer-owned, then lifetime-finished for recycling or eco-friendly-disposal? The rhetoric and dishonorability by for-profti-only corporations is utterly appalling!
Wow. That speaks volumes right there. Very very sad.
A poignant, disturbing post Garry. Thank you.
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A creepily plausible scenario, Gary. I suppose the plot might thicken if the scheme turns out to have flaws that prevent it from working.
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Business schools and job experience prepare executives for growth as reflected in quarterly reports. Businesses that are stable or shrinking are considered failures.
It occurred to me to work that uncertainty into the idea, but it was too late, the spark had dimmed.
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