WARNING: My own personal political opinions ahead.
I’ll take a break from my usual science-based posts, to comment on something I rarely even mention: what are we, as a society, going to do about man-made climate change?
In his State of the Union address, president Obama talked about climate change and about how we can no longer let deniers paralyze us. That’s great. I’m glad he said that, I think it was even necessary. Secretary of State John Kerry has also made it clear that climate change is an important issue. So far, so good.
Then, the state department releases it’s supposed “environmental impact” statement about the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. Result: KXL is now one big step closer to reality.
James Hansen has already mentioned the likely climate impact of exploiting the tar sands oil. I believe he used the expression “game over.”
Mr. President and Mr. Secretary, thanks for the lip service.