May 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm #1462Richard WhitefordMember
Since the advent of the industrial revolution until now scientists say we burnt 565 billion tons of carbon driving the planetary temperature up by .8 degrees Celsius. That is about half way to the 2 degree limit that scientists say we dare not exceed and look at the rapid increase in global extreme weather events we are already experiencing. If burning 565 billion tons of carbon increased the planetary temperature to almost 1 degree Celsius it stands to reason that we can only burn another 565 billion tons of carbon to get us to the 2 degree level. The critical issue that is being ignored is, right now we have 2,795 billion tons of carbon in inventory ready to burn – that’s 5 times more fossil fuel than we can afford to burn and expect to survive. If we burn that much it may drive the planetary temperature as high as 6 degrees Celsius (10.8 degrees Fahrenheit) rendering the planet uninhabitable for many creatures, including us. That is why the Keystone tar sands oil deposits must stay in the ground and drill baby drill is a disastrous energy policy. We must leave carbon in the ground or humans won’t be around.
May 27, 2015 at 9:30 am #1463Kay WoodMember
Climate Change is a huge threat that has an answer if we could only get our politicians to honestly address it. Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi said recently that while it would be too disruptive to stop all pumping of oil at once, but that “In Saudi Arabia, we recognize that eventually, one of these days, we are not going to need fossil fuels, I don’t know when, in 2040, 2050…. So we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy. Hopefully, one of these days, instead of exporting fossil fuels, we will be exporting gigawatts, electric ones. Does that sound good?” – Reuters
Here in Philadelphia we are right now being pushed by Marcellus shale gas promoters into approving a fossil fuel “energy hub.” Some of our politicians seem to be buying into it – most likely out of the sincere effort to somehow fund our schools and other big problems.
Perhaps we should contact our council people, representatives, and senators about better options like investing in clean green energy instead? If the Saudi’s are doing it, maybe our own leaders will listen to sense.
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