That the head of a pipeline company is more interested in getting tar sands oil to market than he is in what it may cause after that is perhaps not surprising. Girling isn't a climate change denier, he just sees change taking decades during which TransCanada will try to make the transition to non-fossil fuels, which is why the company built three large wind farms in 2011.
Keystone Needs Presidential Permission to Proceed
But there may not be decades, there may be no time at all, according to a long National Journal story on February 7, with the headline: "The Scary Truth About How Much Climate Change Is Costing You" -- costing you now, the sub-head emphasizes: "While policymakers fiddle, the threat of economic harm posed by rising sea levels, devastating storms, and drought is growing every day."
On January 22, Greenpeace released a 60-page report called "Point of No Return," dealing with "massive climate threats we must avoid," while giving little reason to think we will avoid them:
"The world is quickly reaching a Point of No Return for preventing the worst impacts of climate change.
"With total disregard for this unfolding global disaster, the fossil fuel industry is planning 14 massive coal, oil and gas projects that would produce as much new carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2020 as the entire US, and delay action on climate change for more than a decade.
"Continuing on the current course will make it difficult -- if not impossible -- to prevent the widespread and catastrophic impacts of climate change"."
In the United States, pressure is building for the President (or the Secretary of State) to deny a permit to Keystone. That demand is at the heart of plans for "the largest climate rally in history" on the Mall in Washington February 17. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, 350.org, and the Hip-Hop Caucus, the promoters of the event assert that