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McKibben to Obama: We can’t negotiate over the physics of climate change via @grist

McKibben to Obama: We can’t negotiate over the physics of climate change via @grist

This story was originally published by Medium and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. President Obama is visiting Alaska this week  —  a territory changing as rapidly as any on Earth thanks to global warming. He’s talking constantly about the danger that climate change poses to the planet (a welcome development given that he managed to go through virtually the entire 2012 election without even mentioning it). And everything he’s saying is right: we are a nation, and a planet, beset by fire, flood, drought. It’s the hottest year in Earth’s recorded history. July was the hottest month ever measured on planet Earth. But of course the alarm he’s sounding is muffled by the fact that earlier this year he gave Shell Oil a permit to go drill in the Arctic, potentially opening up a giant new pool of oil. It’s as if the health teacher giving the anti-smokin...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/mckibben-to-obama-we-cant...

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