Why Fossil Fuels Worsen Inequality, the Population Factor, and More!


Fossil Fuel Follies:


OO How Fossil Fuels Make Inequality Worse – Jobs, health, safety, or concentration of wealth: fossil fuels help the well-off at the expense of the less well-off.

OO USGS: The Fracking-Earthquake Connection Is Real – just the latest in a string of studies that have suggested injected wastewater from drilling is migrating along dormant fault lines, changing their state of stress, and causing them to fail.

OO Coal Miners’ Black Lung Disease At Highest Level In 40 Years just 15 years after it was “virtually eradicated.”


OO Study Links Water Contamination To Fracking Operations
In Texas, Pennsylvania


OO UN Data on Population Growth is Bad News for Climate
A growing population has serious implications for food security, political stability − and climate change.

Population Explosion Lowers Chance Of Managing Climate Change says a new study reports Tim Radford at Responding To Climate Change. It’s very likely (80%) that our population will explode through 9 billion to 12 billion or more by 2100. Such catastrophically unsustainable levels will also seriously threaten the underpinnings of our civilization.

OO Chinese Now Emit More Carbon Per Capita Than Europeans – highlights another population-connected dilemma: as populous developing nations prosper and consume more, emissions levels accelerate. A new study notes that carbon emissions continue to rise to record high levels.

Delaying Action:

OO Three Decades Until Carbon Budget Is Eaten Through – if current trends continue, we’ll blow past the world’s 3.7°F warming goal in 28 years.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.


For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week


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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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