Why We Need to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground
The earth is warming, and scientists worldwide agree we need to keep the earth’s temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. [link to Oil and Climate Change] above the pre-industrial age average. The average surface warming so far is about 0.8°C. We’re already seeing historic floods, droughts, melting glaciers and rising acidic seas. Carbon dioxide and methane are two of the biggest greenhouse gases that are causing this rise. Canadian Tar sands oil [link to toxic tar sands oil]extraction and refining emits more carbon dioxide than convention crude processing and North Dakota Bakken fields [link to north Dakota oil] are flaring off methane gas into the atmosphere. In our lifetime, we need to limit the amount of fossil fuels we extract if we are to create a just and sustainable world for generations to come.
There is also potential for economic damage to our agricultural, shipping [link to the negative effect of climate change on Minnesota business] and tourism sectors [link to loss of tourism and recreational opportunities in Minnesota] from climate change.
Instead of dirty Canadian and other heavy oil, we see the solutions before us – a doubling of passenger vehicle fuel efficiency, and a potential to double freight vehicle’s fuel efficiency, in the next two decades, along with mass transit in our major cities, bicycling, and walking communities.
The truth is, the full extraction of Canadian tar sands oil will mean “game over” for the climate. That’s why it’s so important that we all TAKE ACTION TODAY to keep oil – particularly tar sands oil – in the ground and work for a livable future.