Against the Grain is a radio program on Pacifica station KPFA, and this was aired in May. Colin Duncan is an environmental historian in Canada and the interview is talking about rapid climate change which will cause huge expense and upheaval to the next generation. He is calling for a drastic change, to hugely cease using fossil fuel and invest in alternatives.
I think the powers-that-be are resisting this kind of message because it would obviously threaten the power structure as it is. Those in power stay in power by keeping intact the power structures which enabled them to be in the roles they enjoy. For the CEO of an oil company to remain as CEO of an oil company, they have to arrange for the world society to continue to be addicted to oil. But to resist a message like this is to bury ones head in the sand and ignore the problem.
Twentieth century civilization is about to collapse, argues Colin Duncan, because of the imminence of rapid and vast climate change. The environmental historian laments the decades-long delay in grasping the urgency and magnitude of what he calls the global defrosting crisis. Duncan believes a mass collective project must arise to plan a necessary transition to a new sustainable society.