I’ve decided to post my three favorite posts from my Facebook wall during the preceding week each Friday (well, I try to get it done on Friday). Here’s this week’s “Last week on Facebook.”
This time it looks like it’s all going to be about climate change. But then climate change is the most important moral issue facing us today.
From Tuesday, October 18:
I posted a link to a news story from the BBC, “Climate change ‘grave threat’ to security and health,” that starts off with this ominous warning:
Climate change poses “an immediate, growing and grave threat” to health and security around the world, according to an expert conference in London.
Officers in the UK military warned that the price of goods such as fuel is likely to rise as conflict provoked by climate change increases.
A statement from the meeting adds that humanitarian disasters will put more and more strain on military resources.
It asks governments to adopt ambitious targets for curbing greenhouse gases.
From Wednesday, October 19:
At a time when it seems Congress wants nothing to do with dealing with climate change, people like Sen. Whitehouse (RI) continue to push for action. This speech is an amazing example for all elected officials. Unfortunately those people aren’t the majority … yet.
From Thursday, October 20:
I posted a link to a great article from Bill McKibben about the last stand of the polluters behind the Keystone XL pipeline. Here’s a bit of the article:
As we get to the final chapters of the Keystone pipeline saga (the president has said he’ll make his decision by year’s end), money’s the only argument these guys have left.
They managed to buy a favorable environmental review from the U.S. State Department, which helpfully outsourced the job to a company that was a “major client” of TransCanada, the pipeline builder.
And yesterday, they proposed a $100 million “performance bond” to the state of Nebraska, whose Republican governor and senator have come out against the pipeline. The money is apparently designed to pay for damage to the Ogallala Aquifer if the pipeline starts to leak.
Meanwhile, when 33 Democratic representatives sent a letter to the White House demanding a rejection of the plan, lobbyists for TransCanada rounded up their own list of lawmakers from the president’s party to issue a rejoinder. But they only found 22. And what do you know — they included nine of the top 10 Democratic recipients of oil money in the House. On average the signatories received over 4.25 times more oil money than the average House Democrat in the 112th Congress.