In the News (The New York Times): “Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants — one of the dirtiest sources of electricity — at 17 different sites in the next five years, just at a time when the world needs to slash carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming. …
“Together the 22 power plants would emit almost as much carbon dioxide annually as all the passenger cars sold each year in the United States. The construction stands in contrast with Japan’s effort to portray this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo as one of the greenest ever.”
Question: Now, Britain asks: “What is Japan doing?! What is this?!” And Japan replies: “This is more important to us than the starvation of others. It is far more important to us, and we don’t give a damn about anyone.”
Answer: Very true that they “don’t give a damn about others.” Because it’s true. When do people not think about themselves?
So then all is well! We can’t do without coal. As to oil, who knows when and in whose hands it will end up or what will happen to it? As for gas, we’ll run out of it soon. And that’s it. But coal will stay. There’s a good reason it’s been decaying in the ground for millions of years.
This is the most reliable type of fuel. You get a bucket of coal and that’s it. Now you have heat.
Question: You think we will live by this truth up to some point as long as we don’t pollute everything to the max, right?
Answer: No. What are you polluting? I don’t think it’s really that terrible. People will go back to normal. This period of madness will pass.
Question: In your opinion, what is the correct formula for all of this?
Answer: The correct formula is the balance between humans and nature. People must do things for themselves; they must kill animals for food, burn coal, oil, and gas in order to reasonably use machinery, equipment, heating, etc. We can’t avoid it. We must use water wisely. All in adequate measure!
When we throw half of what we produce back into the ocean—creating so much excess dirt and garbage, naturally we will be drowning in it.
But nothing can be done about it; it is out of our hands. It is in the hands of those who greedily or foolishly try to produce and earn as much as possible. And if not, we’ll throw it out. And everyone around them keeps quiet because this process cannot be stopped. Try stopping it.
Half of everything produced in the world today is not needed. Overproduction. If you stop the process, what will people do? Revolutions? No, it’s better to let them pollute, and in the meantime “I will sit on the throne.”
Question: So, you’re saying, don’t ban anything; rather, figure out what is necessary and what is required for it, right?
Answer: Yes. You don’t have to ban anything. If we knew what we really need and what we don’t need, we would stop 70 to 80% of all production.
Question: Tell me, can “what is necessary” be determined by law? Is it possible to gather a number of scientists, sages, and philosophers, so that they decide this is what a person needs? It should be defined by law. This would determine the amount of coal, atomic energy, etc., needed to achieve it? Shall we start from this point?
Answer: Of course, you can approach this problem logically. Even from our point of view, even though we are unaware of many conditions, it is still possible to exercise this approach. People’s needs are already calculated and estimated by economists. But who takes it into account, who cares about everyone having enough but not more than that?
Question: Your conclusion is to calculate what is necessary and start from there?
Answer: Surely! Only from this.
But our egoism must be fed with something! There’s nothing you can do about it. You can talk as much as you’d like, but the ego says: “And what’s in it for me?!” The other guy will get the same as you get. “No! It means you won’t give me anything at all.”
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/20/21