Q. What's the Keystone XL Pipeline got to do with math?

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

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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."