Fossil fuel companies are planning nearly 200 “carbon bomb” projects that will push the climate beyond international borders and cause catastrophic global disasters. Guardian reports. The 195 projects defined by research published in Energy policy capable of producing at least one billion tonnes of CO2 pollution, includes 22 oil and gas drilling projects in the United States (more than any other country) that together could pump nearly four years of global climate pollution into the atmosphere.
“Only the colonial thinking of political leaders in rich countries can make the brutal calculation that the interest in fossil fuel giants and their billions in profit is more important than the lives of people who are overwhelmingly black, brown and poor,” says British climate lawyer. Asad Rehman told Guardian.
Climate scientists warn of the need for immediate cuts in fossil fuels to prevent even more catastrophically devastating climate impacts. Industries’ plans, 60% of which are already underway, will pump 18 years of current carbon pollution, and the oil and gas industry’s plans to expand and drill new projects will release as much climate pollution as China does in a decade. Not only will the planned extraction of fossil fuels acutely harm local communities, but these communities are also some of the most vulnerable to the catastrophic and aggravating effects of climate change.
“It is already creating a massive amount of disruption for the local fish and subsistence farmers, who are being moved away from their land,” said Daniel Ribeiro, a member of the Justiça Ambiental campaign group, about the plans for a huge offshore pipeline and LNG facility in Mozambique Cabo Delgado Province. “But if it goes ahead and countries like Mozambique are put on a fossil fuel track, it will be a global disaster. We can forget about tackling the climate crisis… we will all suffer.” (The Guardian)
Source: The Guardian
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