Monday, February 20, 2017

Richard Heinberg: What Is At Stake

Today, it is especially difficult for most people to understand our perilous global energy situation precisely because it has never been more important to do so.

Oil depletion and climate change will create an entirely new context in which political struggles will be played out. Within that context, it is not just freedom, democracy, and equality that are at stake, but the survival of billions of humans and of whole ecosystems.

The science is in: either we go cold turkey on our coal, oil, and gas addictions, or we risk raising the planet's temperature to a level incompatible with the continued existence of civilization.

When we decline to talk about what is real simply because it's uncomfortable to do so, we seal our own fate.

- Richard Heinberg

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