Keystone XL

  • 08.13.15

    Do The Math

    Do the Math is a video that goes over the science behind climate change, and outlines Bill McKibben's three important numbers of climate change : 1) 2 degrees - The number that scientists and world leaders have said it would be safe to let the planet warm 2) 565 - The number of gigatons of carbon that the world c...

    Do the Math is a video that goes over the science behind climate change, and outlines Bill McKibben's three important numbers of climate change :

    1) 2 degrees - The number that scientists and world leaders have said it would be safe to let the planet warm

    2) 565 - The number of gigatons of carbon that the world could add to the atmosphere and have a reasonable chance of staying beneath the 2 degree threshold. 

    3) 2,795 - The number of gigatons of carbon that fossil fuel industry has in their reserves already (fossil fuel that this industry currently has accessible.) 

    Finally, the video ends with an examination of the Keystone XL pipeline protests as an example of humans standing up to the fossil fuel industry, raising awareness, and halting or slowing the release of greenhouse gasses.

  • 02.13.12

    The Colbert Report: Bill McKibben And The Keystone XL Pipeline

    In this video from the Colbert Report in 2012, Bill McKibben describes the issues with the pipeline and calls individuals to act - action that led to a halt of the pipeline under the Obama administration. McKibbed describes that his goal as an activist is to change the world for the better - when confronted by Col...

    In this video from the Colbert Report in 2012, Bill McKibben describes the issues with the pipeline and calls individuals to act - action that led to a halt of the pipeline under the Obama administration.

    McKibbed describes that his goal as an activist is to change the world for the better - when confronted by Colbert about the affects that environmentalists have on the day to day lives of citizens (gas prices and buying different cars) McKibben replies that "with any luck we are the people who are going help you get the plug in hybrid car that does so well on gas that you forget which side the gas cap is on” and that “Our goal now is to keep the planet working so that when you drop the top [of your car] it’s still alright outside”

    McKibben describes that we are already seeing substantial changes in the environment with 1 degree of warming and that we should beware of burning more without further extreme consequences.