It is now 24 years since the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, and other Ogoni in Nigeria in 1995. The Ogoni 9, as they are called, were murdered for their campaign against the oil giant Shell, whose rampant double standards and pollution had caused the Ogoni community to mobilise.
On a tour of the Permian Basin in New Mexico, the devastation and pollution is hard to miss. But with the help of a special camera, you can see just how bad it really is.
The local protesters, typified by the wonderful Nanas, maintained a protest camp against Cuadrilla through rain and shine, through hail and snow, through night and day, they said they had the science behind them, they had history on their side. But it was a David and Goliath fight. And as of last Friday, David has won. For now at least.
When it comes to the urgent need for a robust, central, 1.5°C-aligned energy scenario that doesn’t gamble our future on unproven technologies, the IEA unfortunately presents far more spin than substance.
The Californian fires are a “tipping point” for many residents as they realize that life will never be the same. They must also be the tipping point for clear concise action by politicians to force the oil industry to begin ramping down their operations now. There can be no more excuses.
A new study released in Nature Communications argues that even under a moderate emissions scenario, projected sea levels are high enough to threaten the homes of nearly 150 million people by 2050.
Right now, many parts of California are ablaze fuelled by high winds and tinder dry conditions.
Trump’s actions may make Big Oil Executives richer in the short term, but they make all of us poorer in the long-term. In the meantime, the U.S. remains a land on fire, a land that cannot breathe. And a land being led by a fossil fool.
“Oil companies like Exxon knew the scientific reality of climate change forty years ago but waged a war of deception that cost us precious time in the fight to save our planet”.
Exxon Mobil and Big Oil will finally be on trial for misleading investors over the financial risks of climate change.