The stars that shine are yours and mine
The rainbows in the sky are yours and mine
The song of springtime
The lullaby of Fall
The sunshine of summertime Belong to us all
The moon above Is yours and mine
The right to fall in love Is yours and mine
The hope of finding the dream
Our hearts desire
All this is Yours and mine
Yours and Mine – Billie Holiday
If the intent is to save capitalism at all costs, Let’s Just Give The Sun to the Oil Companies.
They already assume they own the right to the earth.
Before you dismiss this absolutely mad idea consider the dilemma – this is for the whole, habitable, Blue Marble.
When I happened upon this essay from Chris Agnos, so many pieces fell in place, I was spinning.
Of course expert economists, industrialists, investment bankers and politicians will dismiss it without a second thought. But, consider this; it was Winston Churchill as Admiral of the British Navy, who had the foresight to retool the entire British fleet from coal-fueled, steam engine technology, in anticipation of Hitler’s stirrings of fascism1 , to save the free world.
And what’s the difference? Capitalists2 already believe in major ownership of at least one body in our solar system. But for at least two reasons, selling solar radiation is a brilliant idea.
One, It challenges the very idea of who even owns the earth – and the right to poison the water, air and health of all and everything that live here?
And two, by selling (or leasing) this solar resource, owned by all humanity, it just could provide a critical mechanism to peacefully unwind fossil fuel reserves, leases and investment infrastructure.
And why not? We sell off and mine the Earth, corporate satellites orbit our atmosphere and futurists envision someday mining asteroids and planetary objects (if we are still around).
So let’s call the energy industry’s bluff and offer to buy out their leases and devalued assets. Let’s call the Sun, Humanity’s Capital (it always was). Have this fund our climate change obligations to make island nations, indigenous cultures, coastal cities, farming, fishing and displaced fossil fuel industry communities and nations – resilient.
Finally, if the (US Secretary of State and fmr. Exxon CEO) Rex Tillerson, wants to talk to Elon Musk (Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur and US Presidential advisor) about a deal with the rest of humanity along with every other sun-rich and even petroleum-rich nation…we might be willing to consider it.
1 The Quest David Yergin
2 Capital In the 21st Century, Thomas Piketty
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