I'm on Paul's mailing list. He sends stuff out so infrequently that I forget he exists. However, the stuff he sends out is invariably good and always worth the read. His links are great, too - hit a few of them. The Telegraph article he links to about the Brazilian oil economy was written when oil was at 78 a barrel... it's trading at 50 today.
It is now so late in the process that the implications of ending denial are truly mind-boggling. For a start to have even an 80% chance (clearly too low) of limiting warming to the agreed 2 degree target (clearly too high) requires us to eliminate fossil fuels – one of the world’s largest and most powerful industries – and replace it in less than a few decades. This scale of change has enormous social and economic implications in any time scale but to do so within decades is without precedent outside war – not to mention terrifying for the owners and managers of such businesses (and so denial inducing)!
But it being mind-boggling and without precedent unfortunately doesn’t change the facts. This is what is necessary and so it must be done. That’s why I called that chapter “When The Dam of Denial Breaks” – because with the pressure constantly building, at some point it becomes so great the dam bursts.
If you think that’s wrong, you have to accept the alternative – that as the food supply collapses, extreme weather accelerates and military conflict over water scarcity, refugee flow and famine erupts, we will idly stand by and observe it getting steadily worse without response. That idea is so absurd it can be ignored, and that’s why the dam of denial breaking is inevitable. But when?
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I had a whole piece of text here about my environmental course in Calgary, hometown of tar sands, and how environmental issues are about power but it's too late here and it was shit so I'll just say this:
On the one hand climate change is really, really, depressingly impossible to steer away from. On the other hand, a lot of new and interesting developments are happening and fossil fuels seem to be almost on its last breath. It's a hugely important subject and even though I've looked into it a lot and will look more in the future, I don't really know what to think of it. At least not in terms of what I should / could do about it.