It’s been pretty clear since the day the Green New Deal was announced that that $93 trillion mess was about a lot more than reducing carbon emissions. And teen climate alarmist Greta Thunberg said the quiet part out loud, writing that we need to dismantle the “colonial, racist, and patriarchal systems of oppression [that] have created and fueled” climate change. In other words, capitalism.

We’ve heard just about everything when it comes to climate change, but we have to admit The Nation has us utterly puzzled with this tweet, not to mention the article that goes with it:

Of course, the entire piece stems from the California wildfires, which weren’t caused by climate change. In short, blame “white, middle-class families” and their “expansionist, individualist, and exclusionary patterns of housing” for our current crisis.

Kian Goh writes:

But few are discussing one key aspect of California’s crisis: Yes, climate change intensifies the fires — but the ways in which we plan and develop our cities makes them even more destructive. The growth of urban regions in the second half of the 20th century has been dominated by economic development, aspirations of home ownership, and belief in the importance of private property. Cities and towns have expanded in increasingly disperse fashion, fueled by cheap energy. Infrastructure has been built, deregulated, and privatized, extending services in more and more tenuous and fragile ways. Our ideas about what success, comfort, home, and family should look like are so ingrained, it’s hard for us to see how they could be reinforcing the very conditions that put us at such grave risk.

To engage with these challenges, we need to do more than upgrade the powerlines or stage a public takeover of the utility companies. We need to rethink the ideologies that govern how we plan and build our homes.

How about upgrading the powerlines first and see how that goes.