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A final victory last week over the Keystone XL pipeline is a reminder that fighting particular fossil-fuel projects is a necessary strategy if the climate is to be saved. The defeat of Keystone XL doesn’t mean that Canada’s vast tar-sands project, which is generally regarded as the largest industrial project in the world, is over, but the fight has been a gut punch to the fossil-fuel industry. In 2011, when protests began outside the White House, Canada’s National Energy Board was confidently predicting that tar-sands-oil production would triple by 2035—which led the climate scientist James Hansen to explain that pumping Alberta dry would be “game over” for the climate. A decade later, as Karin Kirk reported in Yale Climate Connections, fifty-seven major financial institutions have “pledged to stop funding or insuring oil sands ventures. Exxon Mobil has declared a loss on the original value of its oil sands assets, and Chevron has pulled out of Canadian oil and gas entirely. Other oil majors, like Shell and BP, are selling off their oil sands assets, leaving it largely to Canadian oil companies and the Canadian government to forge ahead.” Kirk’s piece appeared in March; the number of such institutions is now seventy-seven.

The situation will get even harder for tar-sands investors if protests led by indigenous groups in Minnesota succeed in halting an expansion of the Line 3 pipeline—which is being built by the Canadian company Enbridge Energy, and will carry tar-sands oil and regular crude—or if protesters north of the border are able to block a huge expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, from Alberta to Canada’s Pacific Coast. Still, as a truly useful Twitter thread from the Cambridge, England, chapter of the Extinction Rebellion movement pointed out last week, there are plenty of other places around the world that are still trying to increase their oil output by developing new projects or enlarging existing fields. Examples ranged from projects in Norway and Russia to those in Uganda and Nigeria, from Mexico and Brazil to Japan and Guyana, from Vietnam and South Africa to Pakistan and Papua New Guinea—and the United States. The governments and companies involved surely know that electric vehicles will soon replace conventional cars, and that solar and wind power are growing cheaper every day. But rather than joining in the effort to speed that transition—and speed is the only thing that gives us a hope of solving the climate equation—they have decided to pump and sell what they can while there is still some market left for it.

Bill McKibben

74 Comments on "Everyone Wants to Sell the Last Barrel of Oil"

  1. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 30th Jun 2021 12:21 am 

    The collapsed Miami condo had regular floods in the basement garage which could’ve seriously damaged it, reports say

    Flooding from sea level rise as a consequence of climate change.

    This has been going on near 20 years. I smell a criminal conspiracy. A bunch of Florida officials have blood on their hands. Florida officials knew and they did the exact opposite of policy recommendations from scientists, engineers, etc and now they have a collapsed condo & 155 dead bodies.
    The families want to know – why? Whose to blame?

    Florida banned state workers from using term ‘climate change’ – report Sun 8 Mar 2015

    ‘Global warming’ and ‘sustainability’ among phrases allegedly barred at state’s Department of Environmental Protection, investigative report finds

    There’s a huge paper trail for this criminal conspiracy.

    Who knows how deep this rabbit hole goes. Deep enough to easily swallow a collapsed condo & 155 dead bodies with plenty of room to spare.


  2. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 30th Jun 2021 12:32 am 

    “SURFSIDE, Fla. – Haunted by the recent tragedy in Surfside, some residents of ocean-side apartments in South Florida have been searching for information about the structural integrity of their condominiums. The residents of a Collins Avenue building with prior warnings in Miami Beach said they are horrified about what they found.”

    You’ll be fine. Just defer the maintenance….again…again….again.

  3. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 30th Jun 2021 12:35 am 

    ‘We will be dying from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in a decade’

    Scientist Edith Heard heads the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. She talks to EL PAÍS about her unexpected academic path, women in science and the threat of a new pandemic

    “Question. You have said that your intention is for the EMBL to provoke a “wow!” in citizens, in the same way that the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) does with discoveries such as the Higgs boson.

    Answer. That’s what I want. And I think it already happens in some cases. EMBL participated in the Tara Oceans project, an expedition to discover biodiversity in the ocean. That provoked a “wow.” Two years ago they published the discovery of 200,000 new viruses in the ocean, at the North Pole. Why is the North Pole a hotbed of viral diversity? I don’t know. That’s a “wow” for me!”

  4. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 1st Jul 2021 8:17 am 

    How did a small town in Canada become one of the hottest places on Earth?

    On Sunday, the small mountain town of Lytton, British Columbia, became one of the hottest places in the world. Then, on Monday, Lytton got even hotter – 47.9C (118F) – hotter than it’s ever been in Las Vegas, 1,300 miles to the south. And by Tuesday, 49.6C (121F).

    Lytton is at 50 deg N latitude – about the same as London. This part of the world should never get this hot. Seattle’s new all-time record of 108F, also set Monday, is hotter than it’s ever been in Miami. In Portland, the new record of 116F would beat the warmest day ever recorded in Houston by nearly 10 degrees.

  5. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 1st Jul 2021 8:27 am 

    Canada is a warning: more and more of the world will soon be too hot for humans

    Ignore all the ‘reduce emissions’ advocacy – it’s decades too late for that.

    The take home is, get A/C and/or move. Buy you & yours a little more time before you suffer & perish.

    That’s it from here on out. It’ll never get better.

  6. Biden’s hairplug on Thu, 1st Jul 2021 8:31 am 

    apneaman is jealous of climate change, that can destroy civilization much faster than his tribe can.

  7. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 1st Jul 2021 8:32 am 

    Coldest inhabited place on Earth is baking in record heat

    ” Oymyakon, Russia, which is widely considered the coldest inhabited place on Earth, is not living up to its reputation.

    The town hit a maximum recorded temperature of 88.8 degrees Fahrenheit (31.6 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday, the hottest it has ever been in June. The last three days in Oymyakon have been similarly hot, with temperatures reaching 86 F.”

  8. Biden’s hairplug on Thu, 1st Jul 2021 8:36 am 

    “Canada is a warning: more and more of the world will soon be too hot for humans“

    2020 was the warn]mest year in recorded Dutch history.

    2021 is rather cold and wet. The drought is over. My vegetable garden is doing very well. The summer is moderate. 23 C-ish.

  9. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 1st Jul 2021 8:37 am 

    Heat wave update: 486 sudden deaths reported in B.C. over 5 days

    “VANCOUVER — A staggering 486 sudden deaths were reported across British Columbia over the past five days as the province suffered under a blistering heat wave, coroners said Wednesday.

    That includes 98 sudden deaths in Vancouver, where police said two-thirds of the victims were age 70 or older. More than 100 other unexpected fatalities were reported in Surrey and Burnaby combined.

    The government is still working to determine how many of the deaths are directly related to the sweltering heat that’s broken dozens of local and national temperature records, but the B.C. Coroners Service said it’s likely many are connected to the weather.”

  10. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 1st Jul 2021 10:06 am 

    Climate change could have played role in Florida collapse: Jennifer Granholm

    Could have? Did have. No doubt about it.

    The collapsed Miami condo had regular floods in the basement garage which could’ve seriously damaged it, reports say

    Salt water, sea water is unkind to both concrete & re-bar.

    Sea level rise has been causing flooding for at least 2 decades in S Florida.

    They regularly have water in the streets on sunny days for fuck sakes.

    Sunny Day Floods To Increase in Frequency

    Nothing new here. Warned for decades.

    I see by the headlines that the denier cunts at FOX news & other US conservative media are ‘Outraged’ at the suggestion climate change has anything to do with the condo collapse. Fuck them & their pearl clutching.

    I’m going to be very generous here. Anyone still denying climate change after 2010 is an ignorant selfish cunt & that includes all your moms.

    The denial is political/tribal for most & greed for the overlords & their managerial class.

    By all of the humans phony moral & legal codes & the certainty of freewill, y’all deniers are as guilty as sin & deserve the world of hurt climate change is dropping on your heads.

    There’s only a few minutes left to prepare for what’s coming & STILL all I see by tptb is denial & petty politics & a refusal (inability?) to let go of a consumer capitalist worldview (it’s all we know).

    To not have a serious national plan is asking to be destroyed ASAP & with Max suffering.

    Because they denied, lied & covered up (poorly) in S Florida they set the scene for a real estate rush to the exits that could take down the US & global economy in short order.

    I don’t know, what does a couple trillion dollars of coastal property devalued overnight look like?

  11. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 1st Jul 2021 10:30 am 

    Report warns of ‘large gaps’ in Canada’s preparedness for climate change disasters

    “As blazing, record-setting hot temperatures continue to cascade across Western Canada, a new federal report says that such extreme weather events, and the exorbitant costs associated with them, are going to be much more common should the country not be prepared enough for the disastrous effects of climate change.

    According to the 734-page report from Natural Resources Canada, the “deep and lasting impacts” of Canada’s already changing climate will be felt heavily by all in many different aspects across the country.

    Extreme weather events, much like the heat wave in Western Canada, as well as shifting rainfall patterns, higher temperatures and rising sea levels will “persist, and in many cases, will intensify over the coming decades,”

    Great, I’m probably going to suffer & die young because of stupid fucking humans. Great. It didn’t have to be this bad, but y’all would not listen to me as per usual.

  12. (((supertards))) said they look at building 7 and they have a problem so they say pull it and i said pull it and we see it goes down the other (((supertard))) said buildig 7 is gone but its still there on Thu, 1st Jul 2021 1:57 pm 

    and now we have whitey supertards doing the convid-19

    they say two americas, delta variant blah

    please feel at ease among friends, we’re all lovers of supremacist muzzies here

  13. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 1st Jul 2021 4:52 pm 

    Alaska Just Had an ‘Ice Quake’ Due to the Extreme Heat Wave

    The heat wave scorching the Pacific Northwest is having a ruinous effect on its landscape.

    “The heat wave currently roasting the Pacific Northwest has made its way up to Alaska, where a 2.7 magnitude ice quake—the result of seismic activity triggered by melting glaciers—was just recorded 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Juneau.

    Temperatures climbed to as high as 92 degrees Fahrenheit (33.3 degrees Celsius) in parts of Alaska on Tuesday on what has been the hottest day so far of an already record-breaking heat wave. As the Anchorage Daily News reports, the scorching temperatures are a bizarre departure for a region that usually colloquially refers to this month as “Juneuary” for the signature cool drizzle it brings.

    As temperatures rise, it’s normal for melting snow and glaciers to cause flooding. But it’s rarer that the water refreezing and expanding as ice triggers enough accumulated stress to result in seismic activity.”

  14. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 2nd Jul 2021 5:23 am 

    Great, I’m probably going to suffer & die young because of stupid fucking humans. Great. It didn’t have to be this bad, but y’all would not listen to me as per usual.

    There are quite a few solipsists around here who think that they are the center of the world, nay universe.

    This btw is the same guy who recently admitted:
    FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 13th Feb 2021 2:11 pm

    EV’s are sissy cars.
    “I’m going to pick up my mom & take her to CostCo where we will both buy tons of meat & cheese & shit-loads of dopamine dripping consumer goodies with obscene amounts of energy embedded in them.
    It’s all good since we are morally superior Canadians & thus entitled to consume more energy per capita than all other nations.

    God has made Canadians the chosen ones.”

    Let’s hope this stinking hypocrite gets fried.

  15. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 2nd Jul 2021 7:53 am 

    In Canada it is statue toppling time again, by “minorities” with-an-attitude:

    “Angry Canadian protestors topple and deface statues of the Queen and Queen Victoria in Winnipeg and dump Captain Cook monument in a harbour amid fury over deaths of 1,000 indigenous children found buried in school mass graves”

    apneaman loves it and I don’t mind too, because this is an essential precondition for the desired swap Anglos-Euros.

    In continental Europe this doesn’t happen, in the UK it does and certainly in the US. Should give you an idea who has a future and who doesn’t.

  16. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 3rd Jul 2021 1:00 am 

    Tear down all white colonial statues & replace them with statues of Super Jews!
    Oh & statues of minorities too. Preferably brown women who are lesbians or transgender with PhD’s in Critical race theory (CRT) and/or LGBT studies.

    Hooray for Super Jew!

    Hooray for statue toppling minorities!

    SICKENING SECRETS Remains of another 200 children found in mass grave at THIRD Canada school after 1,000 bodies discovered at other sites

    Sask. First Nation announces discovery of 751 unmarked graves near former residential school

    Poor clog’s furious that child rapist’s crimes are being exposed.

    I can see how clog can relate & defend the memory of mass child rapists.

    clog do you fuck small children too or are you just a supporter? Sick old man – get the fuck outta here

  17. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 3rd Jul 2021 1:16 am 

    Why so many sexual predators at Indian Residential Schools escaped punishment

    An estimated 5,000 people committed a sex crime at a residential school during the system’s 100 year existence, but fewer than 50 have been convicted

    “One of the most horrific aspects of Indian Residential Schools — and the one that took the longest to be publicly revealed — is that virtually from their inception they were institutions awash with child predators.”

    “Students were kept constantly hungry and were relentlessly cowed into meek obedience through corporal punishment, both of which would be ruthlessly exploited by abusers.”

    “Virtually from the outset, a shockingly large proportion of the 150,000 Indigenous children sent to residential schools were subjected to rape and molestation from principals, teachers, dormitory supervisors and even maintenance workers and janitors. At some schools, upwards of 70 per cent of students faced some form of sexual abuse.”

    Beatings, rapes a reality for children at residential schools

    Different men on staff forced him to have oral sex and anal sex, which was “the shock of a lifetime.”

    “I fought like hell so he wouldn’t do it.” He says the pain was terrible and he will never forget it.

    “That happened for three years of my life.”

    He remembers two girls who tried to escape from the school, which was on an island eight kilometres from the mainland. “They were getting tired of being raped every night.

    They invited him to share the boat they had found but he stayed back. The girls drowned. “They could have had kids and grandkids just like me.”

    “I have seen Indian children having their faces rubbed in human excrement … The normal punishment for bed-wetters, usually one of the smaller boys, was to have his faced rubbed in his own urine.”

    And the sickness just goes on & on.

    These sick criminal’s behaviour reminds me of accounts of Nazi behaviour towards civilians – no wonder clog is up in arms.

    clog at least you’ll be busy for the next while – defending your child rapist & torturer heroes. My god are you ever twisted. If there’s a hell, you’re gonna burn.

  18. Biden's hairplug on Sat, 3rd Jul 2021 2:42 am 

    This time the ovens come for apneaman, rather than the other way around:

    “Canada heatwave: Lightning triggers wildfires in British Columbia”

    “More than 130 wildfires – fuelled by lightning strikes – are burning across western Canada following a record-breaking heatwave.”

    First they got the heat, then the lightning came in to set the province on fire.

  19. Biden's hairplug on Sat, 3rd Jul 2021 3:07 am 

    “New missile silos ‘could reveal intentions’ of CCP to bolster arsenal on centenary of Party”

    Australians are getting more nervous with every passing day, they should be:

    This is the first time I hear people on Sky News openly speculating about Chinese seeing Australia as potential Living Space (“Lebensraum”). They correctly identified the recent Chinese display of power as “Nuremberg”. Jump to [6:40]. In Tasmania, they have Anglo fifth column communists, prepared to open the Australian door for the Chinese.

    7 years after Malcolm Fraser issued his warnings that Australia could end up in Chinese hands as a result of a lost Anglo war in the South China Sea, is now getting real:

    “America: Australia’s Dangerous Ally”

  20. Biden's hairplug on Sat, 3rd Jul 2021 6:33 am 

    “Tear down all white colonial statues & replace them with statues of Super Jews!”

    apneaman the kike is losing all prudence, where earlier he denied being one, despite passing with flying colors for the kosher duck test. Lying is all they can, these high verbal IQ, but shabby Ukrainians/Kazakh schemers and parvenus:

    Borat – Sascha Cohen playing himself. Cohen IS a Kazakh (Kazakh = Khazar = Ashkenazim = “German jew” = Turkoids = TalmudTurks):

    This video excellently describes the true relationship between white North-Americans and jews, where the former feel intimidated, where Europeans simply put them on the train to the East. The difference is subtle but profound.

    The previous post by TalmudTurk illustrate perfectly how this DNA-package operates: elsewhere he promotes Canadians as a sort of Ubermenschen, who volunteered to defeat evil natzis (they didn’t volunteer, they were a British colonial tool that got marching orders or otherwise get executed, where Britain was a tool by the jewish funded war party around Churchill, the best politician jewish money can buy), but when it suits his, he depicts them as trash that needs to be downgraded and with it any form of ethnic pride, by erasing and demonizing their history, by fully identifying them with their worst crimes and yes, he has a point, Christians are indeed a despicable bunch of weaklings and child molesters and Europe won’t be thoroughly liberated and cleaned up from the 2000 year old jewish-invented ideology, until the pope has been booted out of the Vatican and the joint has been repurposed into a museum of Greek and Roman art, with a separate exhibition by Arno Breker:

    But until that grandiose moment will arrive and Europe will irreversibly have become post-Christian and Neo-Roman, 2 billion Eurasians should lean back, have a smoke and watch with a broad natzi-grin how apneaman’s tribe is demolishing white civilization for us in North-America, using his imported darkies as neo-bolshevik soldiers, en passant wiping out the only tool he has to threaten the rest of the world with, as he has done throughout the 20th century, his century:

    Go on apneaman, you have my blessing: throw your Anglo water carriers in your Gulag 2.0, perhaps one day they will grow a pair and resurrect, after we from continental Europe will become active and use the occasion to intervene and thoroughly change geopolitics and perform the Grand Swap Euro – Anglo and put the latter on their proper place, where they no longer can hurt themselves (let alone us).

  21. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 3rd Jul 2021 2:39 pm 

    This time the ovens are for child rapists like clog.

    clog the defender of white pedophiles (himself).

    Keep hiding behind your keyboard you child molesting animal.

    clog if you lived in N America the authorities would have already come knocking on your door to search your home & hard drive for child porn.

    You & anyone else who was defending pedophiles.

    You are a disgusting piece of shit.

    It’s partly a European & Netherlands thing – they don’t take child raping too serious over there. More sympathy for the perpetrators than the victims.

    Long history of paedophilia & child fucking in Europe going back to antiquity.

    clog carries the torch into the 21st century.

    clog is this you being interviewed?

    Pro-pedophilia activist interview sparks controversy at Dutch broadcaster

    “In the episode, program maker Danny Ghosen spoke to a pro-pedophilia activist only identified as Nelson. He wants to set up a political party to make sex with children legal, AD reports.

    Nelson said on the program that he is attracted to boys from 4 to 14 years old. He said that toddlers are able to decide whether they want sex or not. “A child of 2 or 3 years old is developed enough to decide whether he wants an ice cream or wants to go to the playground,” he said. “I think those things are very easy to compare.”

    clog & his twisted cohorts like to do things by the book

    Renewed calls to ban pedophile manual in Netherlands

    “Legal expert Yme Drost, who helped Strijd tegen Misbruik in its fight to ban Martijn, finds it outrageous that the call to ban the pedophile manual is met with resistance from politicians. “If parents in the Netherlands knew the contents of this book – which they definitely should not read by the way – the country would be turned upside down”, Drost said to AD.”

    clog are you going to give away a few signed copies of your Dutch-kid-fuckers manual to your American Nazi buddies?

  22. Biden’s hairplug on Sat, 3rd Jul 2021 3:00 pm 

    “This time the ovens are for child rapists like clog“

    What’s your proof I’m a child rapist, you kosher fool? None of course.

    But I love to see you losing your marbles and your seething rage. It shows you feel like a cornered animal and you should.

    This is btw how this trash operated the Nuremberg tribunal: piling unfounded accusation upon accusstion, after applying systematic torture:

    “Auschwitz Commander Hoess Testifies at Nuremberg“

    “An Embarrassing Discovery“

    But their time is nearly up, courtesy Chinese army, Brexit and US white nationalism.

  23. FamousDrScanlon on Sun, 4th Jul 2021 12:23 am 

    The EU Code of conduct on countering illegal hate speech online

    The robust response provided by the European Union

    “To prevent and counter the spread of illegal hate speech online, in May 2016, the Commission agreed with Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube a “Code of conduct on countering illegal hate speech online”.

    In the course of 2018, Instagram, Snapchat and Dailymotion took part to the Code of Conduct, in January 2019, and TikTok joined in September 2020. On 25 June 2021, LinkedIn also announced its participation to the Code of Conduct.”

    Soon it’ll be the entire internet.

    Then one day clog will hear a ‘knock knock knock’ on his door & there will be two plain clothes ‘government employees’ come to have chat with clog about his online promotion of racist hate & genocide & support of child rapists.

    They already have more than enough to charge you criminally, but since you’re elderly they’ll most likely put you in a nice institution…where nice doctors will help you ‘feel better’ & you’ll never be scared again.

    clog maybe you’ll meet other old pedophiles in the Dutch senior citizen psyche ward & y’all can swap tales of your SE Asian child sex vacations.

  24. Biden's hairplug on Sun, 4th Jul 2021 2:17 am 

    “The EU Code of conduct on countering illegal hate speech online”

    It’s too late for that. You worry about China and Russia. You are being set up for a war that will cause your destruction.

    Meanwhile, in Europe…

    “Promoting our European way of life”

    This has become reality, regardless of vehement protests from our Anglo lefties:

    “‘Protecting Our European Way of Life’? Outrage Follows New E.U. Role”

    “‘Protecting the European way of life’ from migrants is a gift to the far right”

    But Anglo lefties are something you wipe your arse with.

    America, meanwhile, is in a state of dissolution:

    “Donald Trump questions if Joe Biden is running the US”

    One wonders who Donnie might mean if it isn’t sleepy joe who is running the show. Is Donnie into conspiracy theories? Has he been reading forbidden books, lately?

    “Donald Trump’s ex-wife once said Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bed”

    Has Donnie been reading about the “world plague”?

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