I don’t fight the Keystone XL pipeline, or any pipeline, because of climate change. That war needed to be won back in the 70s and 80s. Remember when Reagan pulled the solar panels off of the White House? The war was lost then; we just didn’t know it.
The extraction industry, including Shell and Exxon/Mobil, that group that funded the deniers, now admit that it’s real.
Rex Tillerson, for example, CEO of Exxon/Mobil just wrote a very nice op-ed piece for the world to read. Yes, he says, climate change is real. Yes, it’s having consequences. And no, we won’t stop. Not while there is money to be made.
Royal Dutch Shell has already gone to their “scramble” model……they had two sophisticated future modelling devices developed in 2008….one called “Blueprints”….that imagined a world that responded to the challenge….and one called “Scramble” (a future of droughts, superstorms, etc). Even as they paid to delude people, they were making other plans. Heart warming, isn’t it?
Rex has powerful friends. He and his ilk own the United States Government, approved by the United States Supreme Court.
The extraction industry’s paid PR agents, members of Congress, still do their shilling, of course. Practically the entire state of Texas still spews lies about climate change, even after their corporate master’s have moved on.
So, that battle is lost.
Huge populations will start moving around, as flooding, droughts, severe storms, earthquakes, and those other “natural” disasters increase. Scientists predict that, by 2047, large areas of the Earth will become uninhabitable to humans.
(Those scientists, whom I have utmost respect for, are very often “surprised” by the speed at which change is occurring……this happens so frequently we now have a drinking game called “surprised scientists”.)
We’re doomed, the human species will join in the Sixth Great Extinction eventually.
We get to watch the rhinos go extinct first, then elephants, tigers, polar bears, bees, monarchs, bats, and that’s just off the top of my head. The list is a long one.
Now, it’s just a question of how fast we go. Without clean drinking water, it will be very fast indeed.
So, that is where we should put any remaining energy. If you care about your life span, if you care about your children’s life span, if you care about your grand-children’s life span, it’s time to overcome the couch lock and start protesting every single frack site, every single pipeline, every single chemical being injected into every single frack well, every single corporation that is polluting waterways.
If you care, that is.