Fossil fuel final face-off petition

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Dear editor,

We, the undersigned, support McKibben’s plan for colleges to lead the way in severing ties with companies that are working to destroy our planet.

We hope you will read McKibben’s complete article in Rolling Stone to get the full impact of the urgency of this request.

As his article explains, the science shows that Earth’s temperature has already been increased by 0.8 degrees, and “even if we stopped increasing CO2 now, the temperature would likely still rise another 0.8 degrees, as previously released carbon continues to overheat the atmosphere. That means we’re already three-quarters of the way to the two-degree target.”

While it’s understandable that the fossil fuel industry would want to fight a carbon tax, it must also be noted that it has made unprecedented profits throughout its history because it hasn’t had to pay to clean up its mess and the harm it’s caused, as other industries have done.

Furthermore, the fossil fuel industry’s power and wealth stifles the ability of citizens to effectively demand carbon controls. Says McKibben: “The Koch brothers, for instance, have a combined wealth of $50 billion,” most of which was made in hydrocarbons, and “they know any system to regulate carbon would cut those profits, and they reportedly plan to lavish as much as $200 million on this year’s elections.” They and others investing in fossil fuels give millions to support GOP candidates who deny the existence of global warming.

Like McKibben, we hope colleges will comply with this plan to help remove industry roadblocks that hold us back from developing renewable energy and accelerate the destruction of the planet. We request that you join this divestment movement, and we hope, for all our sakes, it is not too late.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Susan Wells Vaughan
Kill Devil Hills, NC