Saturday, March 24, 2018

"[Chevron] representative says the oil industry accepts that humans are the driving force of global warming"


On March 21 CBS San Francisco (CBS SF) reported in "Judge Calls For Tutorial While Hearing Climate Change Lawsuits" "the [Chevron] representative says the oil industry accepts that humans are the driving force of global warming but oil companies argue that they can't be held liable for emissions that are indeed government regulated." The oil companies' response is laughable because, as Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse noted, after the Supreme Court passed Citizens United in 2010 providing limitless "dark money" in politics "virtually instantly all republican work on climate change stopped." To give human and nonhuman species a fighting chance, the Supreme Court must overturn Citizens United as soon as possible. Scientist, polar explorer, diplomat, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen, known for helping hundreds of thousands of refugees, said to a group at the 1925 League of Nations "The wonderfully eloquent speech which we have just heard reminds me of the definition of the difference between the difficult and the impossible. The difficult is that which can be done at once: the impossible is that which takes a little longer." If recent climate trends are an indicator, time is short to massively reduce carbon emissions because, as some scientists note, the climate effects now are from emissions about 10 to 30 years ago, and we have poured in much more carbon since then. We can expect conditions to get worse until long after this problem is solved.

No comments:

Post a Comment