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Photos: Mark Warner Gets an Earful on Keystone Pipeline


Great job by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), confronting Sen. Warner on his badly mistaken vote regarding the Keystone dirty Canadian tar sands pipeline (note: click on image to “embiggen”)! Here’s how they described it:

Today in Harrisonburg, over 70 Virginians confronted Senator Mark Warner on his decision to support the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Not only did the Senator receive our message as he walked into a private luncheon, a group of pipeline protesters were also invited to sit down for an hour-long meeting with his Chief of Staff, where we demanded a public response by next week.

I’d also note that Sen. Warner’s just plain wrong that we need an “all of the above” strategy. To the stark contrary, there have been multiple studies demonstrating that we could feasibly power the country, and the planet, on 100% (or close to it) clean energy, if we just put our minds to it (I strongly recommend that Sen. Warner read this NY Times article, “Life After Oil and Gas”). But if we keep repeating the false mantra that we will “need” coal, oil, etc. for decades to come, that will only make it harder to do what we have to do: get off this planet-destroying stuff ASAP. What about that does Sen. Warner not “get?”  

  • Jim W

    Bill McKibben’s Rolling Stone Article gives us a reason for rejecting “all of the above.”  http://www.rollingstone.com/po

    The fossil fuel we’re currently planning to burn is 2795 gigatons. And the key point is that this new number – 2,795 gigatons – is higher than 565 gigatons

    the limit of carbon added to the atmosphere without runaway global warming. Five times higher.

       Which is exactly why this new number, 2,795 gigatons, is such a big deal. Think of two degrees Celsius as the legal drinking limit – equivalent to the 0.08 blood-alcohol level below which you might get away with driving home. The 565 gigatons is how many drinks you could have and still stay below that limit – the six beers, say, you might consume in an evening. And the 2,795 gigatons? That’s the three 12-packs the fossil-fuel industry has on the table, already opened and ready to pour.

    The energy companies are being generous hosts to our willing drinkers.