Fossil Fuel Industry

  • 09.22.16

    Recalculating The Climate Math

    In this article, Bill McKibben investigates the question "How much more new digging and drilling can we do and still keep the atmosphere temperature rise below 2 degrees?" His answer: None. Based on a report from Oil Change International McKibben demonstrates that the amount of carbon that exists in current oil ...

    In this article, Bill McKibben investigates the question "How much more new digging and drilling can we do and still keep the atmosphere temperature rise below 2 degrees?"

    His answer: None. 

    Based on a report from Oil Change International McKibben demonstrates that the amount of carbon that exists in current oil and gas wells exceeds the amount of carbon that the world can safely emit into the atmosphere and have a reasonable chance of staying beneath the 2 degree limit.

    McKibben argues that we have already raised the world's temperature by 1 degree can have seen drastic effects - half the ice in the arctic has melted, huge swaths of coral has died out, there have been increases in floods and droughts, recent months have broken records for heat, areas of the world have approached temperatures that humans cannot survive. 

    He calls for an immediate cease to new exploration and a managed decline of the fossil fuel industry because "We literally cannot keep doing what we're doing if we want to have a planet."