He's probably the most prominent climate scientist most North Americans have never heard of but you can get caught up by reading his Wiki entry here. He's Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and when he speaks, serious people listen - closely. This is a man not given to hyperbole.
That introductory remark is intended to help you take the measure of his latest warning, this one concerning the global fossil fuel industry.
An “induced implosion” of the fossil fuel industry must take place for there to be any chance of avoiding dangerous global warming, according to one of the world’s most influential climate scientists.
Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, an adviser to the German government and Pope Francis, said on Friday: “In the end it is a moral decision. Do you want to be part of the generation that screwed up the planet for the next 1,000 years? I don’t think we should make that decision.”
“The promise of the fossil fuel age has never been fulfilled,” he said. “We still have 2bn people living on $2 (£1.30) a day – that is crazy.” He called for two strong messages to come from December’s UN summit: that “the age of carbon is over” and that “it is not the poor of the world who will pay for the transition”.
To achieve these outcomes, Schellnhuber said: “We need a global social movement and it is already happening.” He said the best analogy for the transition from dirty to clean energy was the abolition of slavery, which was fundamentally driven by ethical concerns.
This is an ethical and moral responsibility that all of us owe to the future, one that we cannot ignore. That goes for all the Petro-Pols in Parliament on both sides of the Commons. Schellnhuber is right. This issue is in many ways akin to the abolition of slavery and, right now, it's not just the Tories who are on the side of the slavers. The Liberals and the New Democrats are in on it too and, if you support them, I'm sorry to say this but so are you.