Keystone XL pipeline cancellation leads to activist celebrationsPosted by Robert Leonard / June 12, 2021
The Keystone XL pipeline has been canceled. The nixing of the project has led climate change activists to rejoice, and honestly we should all rejoice with them. If they are right, and the age of fossil fuels is ending, it can’t end quickly enough. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said that the levels of carbon dioxide in the air are now 50% higher than the preindustrial period.
Researchers found that arctic ice is thinning twice as fast as they originally anticipated. Climate scientists have warned that the world has a 40% chance of being hotter than pre-Industrial Revolution temperatures, which is the lower of the two temperature limits set by the Paris Agreement. The odds of that happening sooner rather than later seem good, since China’s construction boom has generated something like 12 billion metric tons of CO2. Nevertheless, the United States and China have agreed to move forward with climate change, despite the rising tensions over Taiwan and the Philippines.
The Arctic Circle reached a shocking 100.4ºF this year, a temperature scientists didn’t expect to see until the year 2100. If that temperature is verified, it will be the hottest ever recorded.
Climate change is killing people––literally. Scientists in Australia estimate that some 2% of deaths between 2006-2017 resulted from excessive heat. Without accounting for climate-related deaths as they happen, it will be impossible to keep track of the damage or understand exactly how climate change is affecting people.
Just look at the fires from Australia as the year ends: the country was literally burning to the ground. The images that came out of the country depict “armageddon.” An estimated 500 million animals have been killed in the fires. The fires are so bad they’re creating their own weather. Thousands of Australians were trapped on beaches trying to escape the fires, which are neared Melbourne suburbs. Elsewhere, in villages in the state of Victoria, citizens were warned that it’s too late to escape, and they must stay inside.