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Beyond Keystone: Why Climate Movement Must Keep Heat On


Beyond Keystone: Why Climate Movement Must Keep Heat On

Bill McKibben

The key passage — the forward-looking passage — of President Obama’s speech last week rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline came right at the end, after he rehashed all the arguments about jobs and gas prices that had been litigated endlessly over the last few years.

“Ultimately,” he said, “if we’re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous pollution into the sky.”


I thought one of the key statements in Obama's speed was when he said we have to reject KXL so the world sees the US as a leader on climate change. All about perceptions, not action.


And yet, it is the Obama administration , that doesn't want firm, verifiable and legally binding commitments in Paris . . .


Ironically as Climate Activists prepare to converge on Paris for the Climate Talks we are slapped in the face with the grim reality - the endless Warsfor Oil costing the world $2 Trillion per year, arming the planet and making the Pentagon the worlds biggest greenhouse emitter have to STOP! There are 2 major issues which Environmentalists seem unwilling to bring up but are pivotal to our civilizations survival in the age of Peak Oil and Climate Change:
1)the endless Wars for Oil and Resources
2)Auto Addiction, the root of Oil Addiction
It is time to shape up and face reality that the Climate movement needs to join the Peace Movement to end the Wars and the Justice Movement to provide Green Transit Rail bicycles and walkable communities as alternatives to $9300 per year for a personal car for mobility


Bill McKibben and 350.org is all about ending the dominance of fossil fuels, which is a fine mission.

But he needs to be honest about that. If he wants to stop climate change, then he needs to go after animal agriculture which, according to the WorldWatch Institute, is responsible for 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

In comparison, all transportation combined - planes, trains, boats and automobiles - contributes 13%.

To say that you're attacking climate change without going after animal agriculture (including grassfed beef, which contributes more greenhouse gases than grainfed), is sheer dishonesty and a grave disservice to our future.