Bill McKibbon’s July 2012 paper in Rolling Stone, “Global Warming’s Terrible New Math” is rapidly evolving from just a well-researched piece on climate change to a possible “tipping point.” We may look back in a few years and say that this paper was the catalyst that (with a little help from last year’s extreme weather) finally inspired a large chunk of the public (and even our elected representatives) to demand serious national action on climate change. In it, McKibbon quietly, persuasively “does the math” to show how close to irreversible, catastrophic we are today, and how simply burning the oil and gas that is already on on the books of our energy companies will be several times more enough to push the planet over the edge.
That is why it is so critical that the Keystone XL pipeline not be built . . . that large scale mining of the Alberta Tar Sands not move ahead. And, that we find ways to not burn the oil we already have.