Recently I posted about the new State Dep’t. draft report that looks promising for backers of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. It was disheartening, to say the least, and worrisome to anyone who is concerned about bringing the dirtiest oil on earth through America. Or climate change.
This potentially catastrophic project will only add to our environmental problems, and Bill McKibben and NASA’s Jim Hansen both warn that it would be “essentially game over for the climate” if it gets the go ahead.
Why we would continue to push our luck after this Associated Press/HuffPo report is beyond me:
The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012, making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees as many global leaders have hoped, new federal figures show.
Scientists say the rise in CO2 reflects the world's economy revving up and burning more fossil fuels, especially in China.
Carbon dioxide levels jumped... says Pieter Tans, who leads the greenhouse gas measurement team for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That's the second highest rise in carbon emissions since record-keeping began in 1959. [...]
More coal-burning power plants, especially in the developing world, are the main reason emissions keep going up – even as they have declined in the U.S. and other places, in part through conservation and cleaner energy.
Did I mention there is no such thing as "clean coal"?
[W]e face destructively high sea level rise, water supplies for hundreds of millions of people threatened by climate shifts, global crop declines, bleached coral reefs around the world, a rise in ocean acidification threatening marine ecosystems, and a host of other crises.
Crisis schmisis. All the Drill-Baby-Drillers care about is what goes into their wallets. And President Obama, you and your State Department might want to think long and hard about okaying the tar sands pipeline.