Hamblin conclusion
Example of the anti-capitalist branch of the environmental movement

science was deeply integrated in the cold war
earth surveillance started for military purposes but became crucial for science
military surveillance and funding encouraged science to grow in particular directions (and not others)

Cold war both led to the idea that humans could fundamentally change world systems
and also generated catastrophe theory fatigue
as well as negative views of international treaties and regulation as being not capitalist enough (because the Soviet Union used them for propaganda)

cold war patterns shaped the politics of environmental issues

Al Gore took the approach that saving the environment would be our new common focus after the end of the cold war

The cold war led to a lot of new scientific understanding made it possible to imagine destroying the world
but catastrophic arguments are bad strategy

Eugene Odum

nitrogen cycle from Odums 1953 textbook