There was already plenty of evidence that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is a really bad idea. Now, we have more:
The oil is the same heavy crude from tar sands that oil companies behind the Keystone XL pipeline want to extract. In fact, the only difference between the Pegasus pipeline that leaked and the proposed Keystone XL? The proposed Keystone XL is longer — over 300 miles longer than the pipeline that leaked in Arkansas on Friday. That means the Keystone XL pipeline is even more likely to leak. Not exactly a comforting prospect.
Read the rest of my column, in which I run through all the other reasons that KXL is an awful idea.
In which, while discussing climate change action in Obama’s second term, I (correctly) assert that 97% of the world’s scientists agree that climate change is real and man-made. Which doesn’t stop my conservative antagonist from denying that fact in his response. Enjoy:
Video courtesy of Fox News.
My latest column for Salon, about the hurricane that threatened the Republican National Convention:
The fact that Hurricane Isaac is threatening the Republican National Convention is not, as some Democrats have argued, evidence of karma. But it is evidence of climate change — undermining the best efforts of Republicans to deny that it even exists.
The evidence of climate change and its links to stronger and more frequent hurricanes is undeniable:
“There is no doubt that climate has changed,” IPCC’s Christopher Field told the Senate’s environmental and public workers committee. “There is also no doubt that a changing climate changes the risks of extremes” — such as the more extreme temperatures, droughts and wildfires we’ve seen quickly increase in this year alone. And yes, according to a study published in the journal Nature and James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, climate change is responsible for the lengthening of the hurricane season in the United States and increasing the severity and frequency of hurricanes
And yet, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and virtually every speaker at the RNC are climate change deniers. How can that be???
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