08 Sep '11, 9pm

This email thread, posted by @revkin, is a great discussion on Keystone XL. #nree

Here’s what I would say, and I think I speak with many of the people arrested over the last two weeks, in the largest display of civil disobedience for four decades in this country. 1—The tar sands are the second biggest pool of carbon on earth. Of course this pipeline—the first really big one into the tarsands—won’t by itself kill the climate, any more than the first pipeline into Saudi Arabia raised the atmospheric concentration of CO2 to 393 ppm all by itself. It will just make it that much easier to build the next and the next and the next. What we’re trying to do is send a message to stop exploitation of unconventional fossil fuels—which extends to new aggressive coal mining, and also to fracking the planet for shale gas. We’re fighting back against the rise of this new energy paradigm, and this is the clearest place to make the fight. As (NASA’s Jim) Hansen said, so ...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/more-on-tar-...

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