Monday, July 23, 2012

Fossil Fuel Industry Rules

Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben by Nancie Battaglia, High Res
Bill McKibben by Nancie Battaglia, High Res (Photo credit:

"Global Warmings Terrifying New Math"
If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe.

Earlier this month, scientists, engineers, researchers and physicists announced the discovery of the Higgs bosun at CERN.  Physics has a 5 sigma standard proof.  This means there is only a 0.0001% chance that they are incorrect.  If you flip a coin and it comes up heads, 14 times in a row, most people would examine the coin to see if it was rigged.  But, it happens the odds are 1 in 8,192.  That is a  3.8 sigma anomaly.
Almost every climate scientist that isn't on the fossil fuel industry's payroll agrees that we are experiencing global climate change, most likely due to high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.  They could all be wrong, but the probability is very remote.  If the science is correct and high levels of CO2 is causing global change, the costs in human life, treasury and quality of life for this planet would be incalculable.  Green energy, its free, renewable and has a zero chance of negatively impacting the global environment, however, it does have a 100% chance of negatively impacting the profits of the fossil fuel industry.  The richest, most profitable corporations the planet has ever seen will do everything in their power to maintain those profits.  For the most part, the pacs, politicians, advertising campaigns and fake think tanks have done their job very well.  

The big fossil corporations are betting on the planets' future.  Heads the fossil fuel industry wins and tails the fossil fuel industry wins. 

However, if you flip a coin and it lands in a sand dune where grasslands use to thrive, we've all lost.
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