Much of the traditional media just can’t cope with the realty of climate breakdown. It doesn’t know how to respond to the scale of such a crisis, it can’t de-couple itself from the hegemonic norms of growth and all the things we’re told – and tell ourselves – are good. This is a particular problem in Scotland where many of us are still wedded to the 1970s notion that the North Sea Oil will somehow be our saviour, our liberator.
Here Gary Robertson for the BBC enthusiastically reports new Aberdeen University findings …
Ambitious targets for extracting oil & gas from UK waters over next 3 decades could be met with moderate oil prices and access to investment capital. Findings of a new study @aberdeenuni suggest there could be up to £330 Billion yet to be spent on offshore industry. #bbcgms 0620
— Gary Robertson (@BBCGaryR) October 24, 2018
And in this article by Douglas Fraser ‘North Sea oil and gas ‘could still be worth £330bn’, as Patrick Harvie explains there’s:
“Not a single word about the #climate crisis. We need to leave the bulk of the world’s fossil fuels in the ground if we’re to have the slightest hope, and Scotland is no exception to that.”
Over at the National they tweeted with some apparent glee:
Under this scenario more than 17bn barrels could be recovered by 2050.https://t.co/tDuaY6HTkZ
— The National (@ScotNational) October 24, 2018
Remember nothing like what is happening — and what needs to happen — has ever occurred in history.
Here the Listening Post explores the global phenomenon of the media failure to report and understand our crisis:
Media and climate change: Why we need a total overhaul. pic.twitter.com/cmzs3CJN0R
— The Listening Post (@AJListeningPost) October 22, 2018