350.org Responds to State of the Union
WASHINGTON - 350.org Executive Director May Boeve released the following response to tonight’s State of the Union from President Obama:
“President Obama says he recognizes the threat of climate change, but he sure doesn’t act like it. If he was serious, he’d reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and stop promoting fossil fuels like natural gas. Fracking isn’t a solution, it’s a disaster for communities and the climate.
You can’t say you care about ending cancer and then go buy a carton of cigarettes–and you can’t say you care about the climate and then go dig up more fossil fuels. We need real leadership from this President, not more lip service. Rejecting Keystone XL would be the perfect place to start.”
350.org founder Bill McKibben added:
“An all of the above energy strategy is exactly as sensible as an all of the above foreign policy–I kept waiting for the part of the speech where he’d explain why North Korea and England should be treated the same. If he actually took climate change seriously, he’d understand that more oil means higher temperatures–that’s just how physics works.”
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.