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The world scientiﬁc consensus points toward a global ecological predicament that is steadily worsening, suggesting that the famous “tipping point” has already been reached—or will soon be reached— meaning that the crisis and its nightmarish consequences are likely irreversible. Put more bluntly, humanity appears to have reached the point of no return, where available political remedies have possibly vanished forever. Of course, for any remedy to take shape, political decision makers must recognize the urgency of the crisis—but signs of this are now remote in the United States, long the major contributor to ecological decline.
Many academics as well, often reliant on corporate largesse for their “research,” have joined the denial frenzy. 16 In an illuminating investigative report, Naomi Klein, writing in the Nation, describes at length the global-warming denial machinations at the right-wing Heartland Institute, which held its sixth International Conference on 10 E c o lo g y a n d R e vo lu t i o n Climate Change in late 2011. Conference delegates were motivated by one all-consuming interest: to reject the scientiﬁc consensus that human activity is responsible for warming the planet.
22 With the socialist tradition dormant and popular movements choosing between political isolation and moderate reformism, radical energies resurfaced in the matrix of Green parties, ﬁrst in West Germany during the early 1980s, then across Europe and elsewhere— raising the promise of a novel “antiparty” politics. Bringing movement agendas and styles into the realm of electoral politics, the Greens arrived at a political strategy to give dispersed movements the leverage of institutional power. Building on a merger of environmental, feminist, antiwar, and community groups, the Greens sought new modes of political articulation consistent with efforts to win governmental leverage.