While Trump enjoys golf, former president Jimmy Carter, aged 92, is building homes for the poor as reported by Charlotte Beale writing for the UK Independent, 2018/07/15. This is a very appropriate and apt item for an introduction to this subject, showing a great contrast between two US Presidents: one man conceited, greedy, self-interested, vulgar, coarse, almost unbelievably dishonest, a misogynist; and the other still doing his best to help people in his nineties.
Self-respect or self-loathingHow can a person who behaves as Trump does have any true self-respect? He obviously has a form of pride, or conceit, but surely deep down he must despise himself and know that he is a person who could only earn disrespect from truly respectable people.
Fred Hollows and Beat Richner certainly seem to have done far more good than the great majority of our fellow humans.
Billionaire Bill Gates (with his wife Malinda) deserves a mention; over the last several decades he has been a leader in showing the huge amount of good that can be done with abundant money. And it's not just his money, but also his time that he has devoted to doing good. In mid February 2021 he had just released his book, 'How to avoid a Climate Disaster'. For a taste of this see Breakthrough Energy.
I've listed many of the Australians who are doing what they can to get action on climate change on another page on this site.
Andrew Forrest is also, through Fortescue Metals, of which he is chairman and a major investor, pressing for billions of dollars of investment in green hydrogen which will displace fossil fuels and provide thousands of jobs.
Among the good people world-wide could be listed the Nine activists defending the Earth from violent assault; The Guardian, Jonathan Watts, 2018/07/21. I would certainly add Jane Goodall to this list. David Attenborough also deserves an honourable mention.
George Monbiot writes for The Guardian and presses for a more just and sustainable world. As an example you could read is piece For the sake of life on Earth, we must put a limit on wealth.
I have mentioned Donald Trump above and at some length on two other pages Real USA and a page of his own. His potential for evil acts was limited by the American democratic system for a time, will he make a comeback?
For example, a simple calculation shows that she could give $5,000 to each of the million poorest Australians without losing her position as the wealthiest person in the nation. Think, for a moment, how much relief such a gift would provide for these people; and this is just a very simple example of what she could do.
Ms Rinehart does philanthropic work, but the amount of harm she does to the planet and future generations by trying to make people believe that anthropogenic climate change is not a fact far outweighs any good she does. She undermines climate action so that her coal-mining businesses can make even more money for her. Surely that is a recipe for self-contempt rather than self-respect.
See, for example:
Clive Palmer tries to undermine COVID-19 vaccination
In June 2021 Mr Palmer paid for radio advertisements (until they were stopped because of their misleading nature) and circulated millions of pamphlets trying to frighten people about COVID-19 vaccinations. Palmer's pamphlets implied that there were 210 deaths due to COVID vaccinations in Australia. It seems that the figure came from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). They had reported that 210 people had died after being vaccinated, not due to being vaccinated. Of course people are dying all the time due to a whole multitude of reasons.
On 2021/06/24 I read the following on the TGA's web site:
"To 13 June 2021, we received 303 reports of death following vaccination for COVID-19 vaccines."
By mid 2021 some 5.9 million Australians had received one vaccination. Given a mean life expectancy of about 80 years one would expect about 6,000 of these 5.9 million to die in an average month (and 1,400 in an average week), with or without a vaccination. While Palmer's statement may not have been a lie it was certainly quite misleading. (Was it intentionally misleading, or was it misleading simply because Mr Palmer stupidly didn't understand the statement from the TGA?)
Those, like Ms O'Neil, who have leading positions in fossil fuel companies are far more to be despised than their counterparts in the tobacco industries; tobacco harms a minority of humans, climate change will harm all humans and much of life on Earth for hundreds of years into the future. They place themselves among the worst criminals in the world when they use their power to slow action on climate change.
Woodside Energy's Scarborough gas field off the NW coast of Western Australia will, if fully utilised, result in about 1.4 billion tonnes of CO2 going into our shared atmosphere, that is more than three times the total current annual emissions of Australia. (See Gas Outlook for more information.)
Mr Plimer is a retired professor of mining geology, and as Mr Readfearn pointed out he:
"sits on the board of several mining companies owned by Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart (who is herself a key funder of climate science denial efforts), including Queensland Coal Investments."Plainly, Mr Plimer is hardly a disinterested party in the 'climate debate' and, as a retired professor of mining geology has little standing in climate science. Note that there is no debate among climate scientists, the 'debate' is only in the imagination of the supporters of the fossil fuel industries, the popular media, and especially in the Murdoch media.
I have had cause to write about Mr Plimer on a number of my pages. The reader could search my pages using the embedded search feature.
Elisabeth Murdoch, a notable philanthropist, would be thoroughly ashamed of her son, if she was still alive.
I've had some discussions, outside of these pages, about whether Mr Murdoch should be called evil or just amoral. Is a person, like Murdoch, who does terrible things because he doesn't care that they are criminal and very harmful properly labelled evil? Or to be called evil does a person have to intentionally do terrible things? I suspect that Murdoch would support the publication of anything if it would increase the profitability of his media empire and that he doesn't specifically encourage the publication of misleading stories harmful to the renewable energy industry.
Gina Rinehart who does terrible things knowingly, such as funding the climate change disinformation industry, by contrast to Murdoch, should certainly be classed as evil.
The Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments, particularly the first and last of these, betrayed all people of future generations. One of the worst of all the criminals in these governments was the shamelessly dishonest Energy Minister of the Morrison Government, Angus Taylor.
The federal National Party section of the Coalition is even more out of touch with ethical standards than is the Liberal Party.
coal from her mines kills thousands of people each year and she tries to mislead the public about the harm coal is doing by donating millions of dollars to the misleadingly named Institute of Public Affaires (The IPA is an Australian 'right wing think tank' that blatantly and dishonestly supports the mining, exporting and burning of fossil fuels and opposes renewable energy development). As I have argued elsewhere, a person in a position of power who knowingly lies about climate change has to be in the running to being the greatest criminal in the history of Mankind. This would apply particularly to people like Ms Rinehart who also owns huge coal mines.
Maybe yobbo? Bogan? Although I don’t think they are specific enough.
Ask who?: if you were able to ask the most respected people in the world about climate change what would they say?
The end of coal cannot come quickly enough!
"Coal is good for humanity"; stupid statement by ex-Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Heroes-criminals, the spectrum
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