Warum fossile Energiemanager nicht an den Klimawandel glauben mögen

Lustig: Am 7. Februar erschien in Deutschland “Die kalte Sonne – Warum die Klimakatastrophe nicht stattfindet” von Fritz Vahrenholt und Sebastian Lüning. Vahrenholt war früher bei der Deutschen Shell und ist jetzt bei RWE.

Am selben Tag erschien in den USA dieser Artikel von Bill McKibben: The Great Carbon Bubble – Why the Fossil Fuel Industry Fights So Hard. McKibbens These: Die fossilen Energieunternehmen sitzen auf einem riesigen Geldberg in Form ihrer Kohle- und Ölvorräte. Den Klimawandel ernsthaft zu bekämpfen hieße, dass der allergrößte Teil dieser Vorräte im Boden bleiben müsste – das heißt, der Geldberg würde komplett entwertet.

If we spew 565 gigatons more carbon into the atmosphere, we’ll quite possibly go right past that reddest of red lines. But the oil companies, private and state-owned, have current reserves on the books equivalent to 2,795 gigatons — five times more than we can ever safely burn. It has to stay in the ground.

Put another way, in ecological terms it would be extremely prudent to write off $20 trillion worth of those reserves. In economic terms, of course, it would be a disaster, first and foremost for shareholders and executives of companies like ExxonMobil (and people in places like Venezuela). (…)

ExxonMobil last week reported its 2011 profits at $41 billion, the second highest of all time. Do you wonder who owns the record? That would be ExxonMobil in 2008 at $45 billion.

Telling the truth about climate change would require pulling away the biggest punchbowl in history, right when the party is in full swing. That’s why the fight is so pitched. That’s why those of us battling for the future need to raise our game.

Ich lasse das mal so nebeneinander stehen.

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