The fossil fuel industry's high-stakes bluff takes balls. Photograph: Isaac Brekken/AP

High-stakes climate poker

My friends and I get together once a month to play Texas HoldEm poker – great conversation, a few drinks, snacks and laughs. But I don’t like high-stakes poker. Gambling with high-value is not a wise choice, particularly if the pain of the loss translates beyond oneself. The fossil fuel industry is bluffing society in a multi-trillion dollar high-stakes poker game. Current reserves of fossil fuels are five times more than we can afford to burn if we want to keep global warming to less than 2°C; and we have to keep global warming below 2°C. The net worth of fossil fuel corporations, the value of their chip stack, is based on fully exploiting these reserves. Financial leaders are expressing great concerns about betting on fossil fuels. Forbes magazine says,

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