The Politics of Global Warming: Sciemocracy and the Rescue of the Kobayashi Maru

Authors: Kurtz, Donald V.; Fustes, Manuel
Almanac: Globalistics and Globalization Studies Global Evolution, Historical Globalistics and Globalization Studies

The 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change argues that the world's governments must act now to mitigate the imminent and existential threat of global warming and avert an environmental catastrophe. The report suggests that mitigation technologies are known and available. Yet the report is skeptical of the qualifications and capabilities of the world's politicians to develop and implement the required mitigation. This paper proposes the framework for a sciemocracy, a global, scientific political organization dedicated exclusively to mitigating the threat of global warming. The sciemocracy is framed against the background of our current modernity, a paradigm and metaphorical ‘box’ that provides the scientific resources for mitigation as well as the socio-cultural impediments to mitigation. This paper argues that in order to accomplish necessary mitigation we must think outside the modernity ‘box’ and engage a creative and robust politics.

Keywords: global warming, IPCC, politics, modernity, energy, fossil fuels, government, sciemocracy.