Political ecology will be scientific

Ecology has revived the fundamental and sacred link that connects the environment to man. With this communion, he fills the void left by religions at a time of technological explosion. But it pretends to ignore the gap that is widening on all sides between the political application of its principles and the assessment of its results.

The global dimension of the phenomenon and the unprecedented sums devoted to it justify an attempt to analyze its origin and its approach, as well as its hidden motivations and the geopolitical consequences that can be expected from it.

The two parts of this article will deal with these two facets of political ecology.

First part

The origins of the creed

André Malraux perceived the dimension of this mystical void when he wrote:I think the task of the next century (…) will be the reintroduction of the gods into it“. Consider these gods”in a form as different from that which we know, as Christianity was from the ancient religions“, but as necessary gods, as “torches lit one by one by the man to light up the path that takes him away from the beast.

It is in this context that he borrowed the unambiguous quotation from André Frossard “The 21stcentury will be mystical or it will not be”[1].

This quest for the sacred opened the way to a whole procession of gurus, professionals of terror, whose business rests, as always, on the original sin: that of knowledge.

The return of obscurantism

Unlike the Age of Enlightenment, its cult of reason, knowledge and progress, the emergence of the 21st Century now displays its distrust of science and scrutinizes every advance for the hidden hand of the pressure group most likely to have manipulated it.

In the name of the god Nature, this century sees the return of the original sin of man, by its very nature harmful to the environment which surrounds it, and the requirement of his penance, linked to the myth of an apocalypse caused by the man.

And political ecology has engulfed itself in this fault line, brandishing both the specter of the end of the world and the delights of paradise lost.

However, risk management is a business that does not allow itself to be swayed by emotion, but must rigorously weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each possibility.

And if political ecology is content to manipulate our fear without worrying about evaluations, it has forgotten that if every opportunity carries a risk, every risk carries an opportunity.

The greatest danger really lies in doing nothing and being afraid to do anything.

distrust of progress

Advances in biotechnology have reduced world hunger, but also disease and poverty.

However, each development of a new variety of seeds better adapted to its environment, or of phytosanitary products avoiding the destruction of crops, is now perceived, a priori, as the work of the devil of modern ecology, whose constant refrain is to oppose any form of science as well as any progress or reduction of burdens.

This is also why mistrust of vaccines continues to grow in Europe[2]although they save between 2 and 3 million lives each year.

Modern ecology advocates frugality and a return to primitive nature, and opposes civilization and industry, preferring a withdrawal into oneself where self-sufficiency becomes a goal in itself.

It has its roots in the global counterculture of the 1960s, a revolt against the authority of established society, with the desire to remove all restrictions and all obstacles to individual pleasure.

Its theorists were generally from affluent and well-nourished backgrounds, which provided them with a sound education and all the comforts of a polite society.

Nuclear energy is the very embodiment of evil, as it currently represents the only form of energy that can be provided in abundance with minimal impact on the environment, and opens up almost unlimited possibilities thanks to the new generations of reactors[3].

However, the problem of combining demographic change with access to energy is very real. The problem lies in the approach.

In “Enlightment now” on the other hand, Steven Pinker points out the good reasons to “justify Reason” [4].

It is not a question here of judging the values ​​of political ecology but of trying to observe its operation and above all of trying to foresee its effects.

The West could become the butt of its own joke.

The reality principle

The resignation of Nicolas Hulot must in particular call into question the impact of his position, who has this attribution[5]: “In terms of energy and climate, it must draw up and implement an energy policy, in particular with a view to ensuring security of supply, the fight against global warming and access to energyand promote the energy transition.

The very implementation of the values ​​of political ecology, through the “energy transition”, threatens the security of supply, while the reduction in the share of energy supplied by nuclear production that it advocates is in opposition directly with the fight against climate change and access to energy.

The failure of this policy was foreseeable, it has now been duly noted by his own ministry in monitoring of the national low-carbon strategy[6].

Similarly, the doubling of intermittent energy sources, by more than 100,000 MW of German wind/solar energy has still not allowed a single dispatchable MW[7] to close despite the billions of euros committed to their “Energiewende” (energy transition) For the good reason that if it is easy to close a dispatchable power plant, the recent Swedish blackouts must remind us that afterwards it is another matter to ensure security of supply [8].

And all the grandiose declarations that accompany any communication on the subject will not change anything: intermittent wind/photovoltaic energies, pillars of modern discourse, have also displayed their inadequacy to replace any dispatchable power, or to participate in the reduction of emissions. of CO2 (eq).

This is notably the case of France, for the good reason that the network does not already emit any.

1 http://dicocitations.lemonde.fr/questions-reponses/question/qui-a-dit-le-xxieme-siecle-sera-spirituel-ou-ne-sera-pas/

2 https://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2018/09/04/2862116-vaccination-une-plateforme-europeenne-pour-lutter-contre-la-defiance.htmlhttps://www.ladepeche.fr/article/ 2018/09/04/2862116-vaccination-a-european-platform-to-fight-against-defiance.html

3 http://www.laradioactivite.com/site/pages/FutursReacteurs.htm

4 http://www.laradioactivite.com/site/pages/FutursReacteurs.htm

5 https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/eli/decret/2017/5/24/TREX1714764D/jo/texte

6 http://lemontchampot.blogspot.com/2018/02/la-transition-des-epithetes.html

seven http://lemontchampot.blogspot.com/2017/03/ubu-chez-les-allemands.html

8 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-20/blackouts-on-sweden-s-biggest-island-stoke-fear-as-reactors-shut

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