Thursday, September 08, 2016
Justin, Wake Up. Are You Listening?
Beijing has signed on to the Paris climate agreement. So too has Washington. Canada? No. According to our gilded leader, we're not ready yet. The Dauphin, our Baron of Bitumen, however, does assure us that he will let us know the moment Brad Wall lets him know that we are ready.
Justin, wake up. It's Bill McKibben on the line with a message, something about how man-made global warming is overheating our oceans:
On an ocean planet, we are wrecking the ocean. On an ocean planet, we are wrecking the ocean.
And we’re doing it needlessly. Engineers have done the work to provide us with the tools we need. We have solar panels. We have wind turbines (which, when placed offshore, have become nifty little artificial reefs). We have good data to show that if we deploy them with great speed, we can affordably power the planet without wrecking it.
Alas, we also have a fossil fuel industry, which has managed to prevent any real action for decades – it has lied, it has lobbied and it has poured uncountable largesse on our political class. (And on other elites: somewhat unbelievably, BP is currently sponsoring an exhibition on the relics of “Sunken Cities” at the British Museum.) As a result, we have disappearing ice caps, crackling forest fires and record rainfalls.