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Climate Crisis: Do The Math

Bill McKibbenbyline‚ Nov. 19‚ 2012

Itís time to put real pressure on the fossil fuel industry.

The night after the election, my climate-crisis activism group, 350.org, launched a 21-city tour of the country designed to pressure not politicians but the fossil fuel industry. That should give you some sense of how I weigh the outcome of the 2012 presidential race. Even with Barack Obama safely returned, we can expect only incremental progressónothing at all on the scale necessary to cope with a world spinning out of control. After all, in the warmest year in U.S. history, amidst a remarkable drought, with the Arctic melting and superstorm Sandy slamming into the coast, global warming came up at only one major campaign eventówhen Mitt Romney mocked the idea at the GOPís convention.