Australian scientists address power companies, asking them to stop burning coal and fossil fuels because of their impact on global warming. The scientists offer to help these companies transition to clean power technologies and renewable energy. Let this be a model for America and the world.
“The warming of the atmosphere, driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases, is already causing unacceptable damage and suffering around the world.
Evidence is mounting that climate change is occurring faster than previously predicted and we are perilously close to a number of tipping points which, if passed, would amplify the effects of climate change and make it much more difficult to bring
further warming under control.
We cannot emphasise enough just how serious the situation has become.
Unfortunately, the development of carbon capture and storage technology is not sufficiently advanced and is unlikely to be deployable within the time frame necessary to cut emissions in order to avoid unacceptable levels of greenhouse gas concentrations and associated warming.
The unfortunate reality is that genuine action on climate change will require that existing coal-fired power stations cease to operate in the near future. We feel it is vital that you understand this and we are happy to work with you and with governments to begin planning for this transition immediately.”