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Bill McKibben, Time Is Not on Our Side | TomDispatch

Physics doesn’t understand that rapid action on climate change threatens the most lucrative business on Earth, the fossil fuel industry. It’s implacable. It takes the carbon dioxide we produce and translates it into heat, which means into melting ice and rising oceans and gathering storms. And unlike other problems, the less you do, the worse it gets. Do nothing and ...

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Humanity Unbound: How Fossil Fuels Saved Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity | Cato Institute — Individual Liberty, Free Markets, and Peace

Until the last quarter of a millennium, mankind depended on living nature for all its food and clothing, most of its energy, and much of its material and medicines. Then mankind began to develop technologies to augment or displace living nature’s uncertain bounty. In a new study, author Indur Goklany shows how fossil fuels not only saved humanity from nature’s ...

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Pointing out the similarities between slavery and the use of fossil fuels can help us engage with climate change in a new way

Intriguing similarities between slavery and our current dependence on fossil-fuel-powered machines struck me: both perform roughly the same functions in society (doing the hard and dirty work that no one wants to do), both were considered for a long time to be acceptable by the majority and both came to be increasingly challenged as the harm they caused became more ...

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Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies ‘could provide half of global carbon target’ | guardian.co.uk

Eliminating subsidies for coal, gas and oil could save as much as Germany’s annual greenhouse gas emissions each year by 2015, according to one of the world’s leading energy experts. Speaking to the Guardian, Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency IEA, said such a move could provide half of the carbon savings needed to stop dangerous levels ...

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Fossil fuel subsidies: a tour of the data | guardian.co.uk

One of the most surprising and alarming issues in the climate and energy arena is the fact that the fossil fuels causing global warming continue to receive substantial government support, making them artificially cheap and encouraging more of them to be consumed. It’s a form of madness that my colleague Damian Carrington put his finger on recently when he wrote ...

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