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Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

July 25, 2012

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By Bill McKibben


Given this hard math, we need to view  the fossil-fuel industry in a new light. It has become a rogue industry,  reckless like no other force on Earth. It is Public Enemy Number One to the  survival of our planetary civilization. 
In December, BP finally closed its solar  division. Shell shut down its solar and wind efforts in 2009. The five biggest  oil companies have made more than $1 trillion in profits since the millennium – there’s simply too much money to be made on oil and gas and coal to go chasing  after zephyrs and sunbeams.
Climate change operates on a geological  scale and time frame, but it’s not an impersonal force of nature; the more  carefully you do the math, the more thoroughly you realize that this is, at  bottom, a moral issue; we have met the enemy and they is Shell.

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