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Richard Hake

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Re: Keystone XL: The Pipeline to Disaster
Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:14 PM
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Q. What's the Keystone XL: The Pipeline got to do with math?

A. See McKibben's (2012) "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math."

Some subscribers to xxxxxx might be interested in
a recent post "Re: Keystone XL: The Pipeline to
Disaster" [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

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ABSTRACT: In his LA Times OpEd "Keystone XL: The
Pipeline to Disaster," James Hansen at
<http://lat.ms/16zLDF0> wrote: "In March, the
State Department gave the president cover to open
a big spigot that will hitch our country to one
of the dirtiest fuels on Earth for 40 years or
more. . . . . A public comment period is underway
through April 22, after which the department will
prepare a final statement to help the
administration decide whether the pipeline is in
the 'national interest.'. . . . . .THE
PERSPECTIVE OF PIPELINE APOLOGISTS IS CONTRARY TO
THE LAWS OF PHYSICS AND BASIC ECONOMICS. . . .
[[My CAPS]]. . . ., neither of which gives a damn
about politics. . . . . . . . All of president
Obama's achievements will fade if he doesn't act
swiftly and decisively on climate change.
Rejecting keystone is the first step."

A day before Hansen's OpEd appeared, Bill
McKibben in "John Kerry's Fateful Decision on the
Keystone Pipeline" at <http://bit.ly/XsIS7X>
urged people to send Kerry a million public
comments at <http://bit.ly/16CvA9q>.
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To access the complete 13 kB post please click on <http://yhoo.it/10lFYzV>.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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REFERENCES [URL shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 05 April 2013.]

Hake, R.R. 2013. "Re: Keystone XL: The Pipeline
to Disaster," online on the OPEN Net-Gold
archives at <http://yhoo.it/10lFYzV>. Post of 05
April 16:37-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The
abstract and link to the complete post were
transmitted to several discussion lists and are
on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at
<http://bit.ly/10DV42q> with a provision for
comments.

McKibben, B. 2012. "Global Warming's Terrifying
New Math: Three simple numbers that add up to
global catastrophe - and that make clear who the
real enemy is," Rolling Stone, 19 July; online at
<http://rol.st/12umI3l>. McKibben wrote: "When we
think about global warming at all, the arguments
tend to be ideological, theological and economic.
But to grasp the seriousness of our predicament,
YOU JUST NEED TO DO A LITTLE MATH. . . . .[[My
CAPS]]. . . . For the past year, an easy and
powerful bit of arithmetical analysis first
published by financial analysts in the U.K. has
been making the rounds of environmental
conferences and journals, but it hasn't yet
broken through to the larger public. This
analysis upends most of the conventional
political thinking about climate change. And it
allows us to understand our precarious - our
almost-but-not-quite-finally hopeless - position
with three simple numbers: . . . . .2° Celsius,
565 Gigatons, and 2,795 Gigatons."



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