The Cost of Inaction on Climate Change | Global Warming to 1.5º C

Report Details Brutal Cost of Climate Inaction

San Ardo Oil Field, Monterey County, California, Center for Biological Diversity

San Ardo Oil Field, Monterey County, California Center for Biological Diversity

Shaye Wolf, Climate Science Director of Center for Biological Diversity‘s Oakland office.”To reverse course and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees, we must take swift action to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Failure to stem both fossil fuel production and consumption will cause untold human suffering and condemn polar bears, coral and other species to extinction.”

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, Summary for Policymakers

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Wolf states that “Ramping down fossil fuel extraction has been made more difficult with a climate denier in charge of the U.S., currently the second largest annual carbon emitter in the world. From moving to expand drilling on public lands and in our oceans to trying to dismantle the Clean Power Plan and clean car rules, Trump is pushing the world closer and closer to the edge of catastrophe.

But equally problematic is that even some leaders at the forefront of the fight against climate change aren’t doing enough. In fact, many are setting the bar for climate leadership dangerously low. For example, California’s governor Jerry Brown has continued to support fossil fuel development in his own state.

Behind its green image, California is one of the nation’s top oil-producing states, extracting some of the dirtiest crude in the world. Three-quarters of the oil produced in California is at least as climate-damaging as Canada’s tar sands crude. Yet Brown’s regulators have issued more than 20,000 permits for new oil and gas wells since the governor took office in 2011.”

I’m just frankly depressed at the moment. I don’t know what to do?

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