A publicist recently emailed me: We are inviting select science and technology related press to view an early screening of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s MARS Season 2. The series premieres on November 12, however, we could email a screener to you then follow up with top interviews from the season. We’d just ask that you hold coverage until the week of Nov 7.
I'm surprised Greta was on the show screaming "You should be ashamed of yourselves".
While tonight's episode was interesting on future Mars, it was followed by modern day pundits whining/lecturing about capitalism, companies, Trump and fossil fuels. The eco-religion nature of modern eco pundits talking climate change rivals any Jesuit priest talking about Catholic dogma.
What always amazes me is eco-folks and liberal elites slamming capitalism. Capitalism has pulled more people out of poverty than all other systems combined... and created the wealth that pays for all the worldwide eco efforts to save and improve the environment.
I'd go further. I've long felt that ideological commitment to a grand and global theory of how the world should work is far more pernicious than the profit motive. At least, even socially harmful businesses will quit when they stop making money. But nothing will stop an ideologue.
"...for-profit firms are just not to be trusted and must be firmly under the control of scientists or governments who cannot possibly be lobbied by the for-profit firms."
This is a common assumption, especially by educated people. Perhaps this deep belief underlies the fact that 'green' objectives exclude technologies that can fit within privately owned firms without a relative increase in state power: nuclear power, pipelines, more efficient coal burning, etc. The preferred green solutions involve massive subsidies, and thus implies a large state presence in management.