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World enjoys fossil fuel boom, but should it?
Oct 19th, 2013 by Warren Swil

California awash in oil,

but carbon emissions

will devastate planet

Helge Lund, president and CEO of Norway’s Statoil. Photo by: Trond Isaksen – Statoil ASA Click image to enlarge.

CALIFORNIA IS AMONG quite a few places that are suddenly awash in oil.
New technology has made previously unrecoverable deposits within reach. Gosh, there may even be some under my house!
There are new “discoveries” reported almost daily. The oil industry oligarchs are rubbing their hands with glee.
But those concerned with climate change are wringing theirs in desperation.
Should all this oil – and gas – be taken out of the ground and burned? It could spell the end of life as we know it on earth.
The debate should be not about how much fossil fuel we can find and extract. It is about whether resources are better spent developing alternatives that don’t kill us all.


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While Arctic village disappears, more fossil fuel is discovered (with video)

DILEMMA POSES THORNY ISSUE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE

Two recent stories from opposite sides of the Arctic circle demonstrate that climate changes is not only happening right now with devastating effects, but that we – human beings – are making it worse, not better.
While a village sinks beneath a rising ocean in Alaska, Norway has built a rig to extract more gas from a field once thought empty.
Should we find ways to burn more fossil fuels that, ultimately, will kill many millions, if not all of us? Or should resources be devoted exclusively to renewable energy?
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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