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DO THE MATH
I can dig it, he can dig it, she can dig it, we can dig it, they can dig it, you can dig it.
Oh, let's dig it. Can you dig it, baby?
I can dig it, he can dig it, she can dig it, we can dig it, they can dig it, you can dig it
oh, let's dig it. Can you dig it, baby?

I can dig it, he can dig it, she can dig it, we can dig it, baby every body dig it, CAN YOU DIG IT BABY?
(An excerpt from the song Grazing in the Grass by Raven Symone)


We have five times as much oil and coal and gas on the books as climate scientists think is safe to burn. We'd have to keep 80 percent of those reserves locked away underground to avoid that fate. Before we knew those numbers, our fate had been likely. Now, barring some massive intervention, it seems certain.
Can you dig it?  Can you drill it?  Oh, what the hell, frack it!  Grazing in the gas is a gas!  Dig baby dig.  Drill baby drill. Frack baby frack.  

Hmmm: Barring some massive intervention, it seems certain.  Certain, that is, until the Do the Math Tour  was launched by 350.org.  

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Dig it!  There has been a lot of despair, anxiety, helplessness, despondency and fatalism surrounding the issue of climate change and our ability to do anything about it.  It's not the right time politically to address it.  It's not the right time economically to consider it.  It's just not convenient to apply pressure and turn up the heat on our business and political leaders to confront the issue.   Can you dig what I'm sayin?

Dig this man.  There are big plans afoot to dig big time.  Check it out.

China is building at least one new coal-fired power plant every week  and has a seemingly limitless appetite for coal. The Powder River Basin in southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming has a seemingly limitless supply.  There is increasing interest linking this supply with Asian demand through west coast coal terminals. Two potential sites in Washington state: ”Gateway Pacific Terminal  at Cherry Point (Carrix/SSA Marine, Peabody Energy) and Millenium Bulk Terminal at Longview (Ambre Energy, Arch Coal) are currently the most active projects, although other sites both in the States and in Canada are under consideration.

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The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) at Cherry Point would have a capacity of approximately 54 million metric tons of goods, of which 48 million tons would be coal , annually.
They can dig it. They can dig it until you Do the Math.

Now drill down on this.  According to an article in the Los Angeles Times on November 12, 2012:

The U.S. will become the world'™s top producer of oil within five years, a net exporter of the fuel around 2030 and nearly self-sufficient in energy by 2035, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency.
Sounds good right?  They can drill it.  Self-sufficiency is right around the corner.  Right around the corner until you Do the Math that is.

What the frack is going on?

From Pennsylvania and North Dakota to Texas, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are quickly turning the U.S. into an oil superpower.         By some estimates, 2 trillion barrels of oil are waiting to be drilled -- nearly twice the reserves in the Middle East and North Africa.
Wow!  Fracking great right?  Sure sounds good until you Do the Math.

Dig this - I never dug math.  Actually I hate it.    Now everybody is telling me to Do the Math.  Crap.  I don't want to do the math.  I'll leave it to others.  I'll leave it to Bill McGibben.  He knows his shit.  And John Crapper likes people that know their shit!!  
Don't flush this tour!  Get involved!  Dig it!!

Help promote the Do The Math tour by spreading the word on Twitter and Facebook, encourage people to buy tickets (go to this link to click onto city to sign up and buy tickets), giving donations for the tour, and promoting the tour with posters in your town or announcements at churches, schools or community meetings.
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Join this Sunday afternoon, November 18th at 3:00 PM,to stop the Keystone XL pipeline at Freedom Plaza and march to the White House. Please sign up here: 350.org/Nov18

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Take the pledge, and share it with your friends: 350.org/pledge

We are not capable of "Saving the Planet".  We are only capable of "Saving Ourselves"
and under current circumstances that prospect is a dubious one at best.    
Shitbit by Poop John the First aka John Crapper
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Originally posted to Climate Change SOS on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:39 AM PST.

Also republished by Climate Hawks and DK GreenRoots.

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