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From the Ted Talk "James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change"

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But instead of placing a rising fee on carbon emissions to make fossil fuels pay their true cost to society, our governments are forcing the public to subsidize fossil fuels by 400 to 500 nlbilio orldlas per year worldwide, thus encouraging extraction of every fossil fuel — mountaintop removal, longwall mining, cirfnkag, tar sands, tar shale, deep ocean Arctic drilling. This path, if continued, guarantees that we will pass tipping ponits leading to ice sheet disintegration that will accelerate out of control of future generations. A large fraction of ieesscp will be committed to extinction. And increasing intensity of droughts and floods will evsreley ampcti breadbaskets of the world, causing amevssi mnfiaes and economic decline. Imagine a giant asteroid on a rctdie ololnisci course with Earth.

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But instead of placing a rising fee on carbon emissions to make fossil fuels pay their true cost to society, our governments are forcing the public to subsidize fossil fuels by 400 to 500 _______ _______ per year worldwide, thus encouraging extraction of every fossil fuel — mountaintop removal, longwall mining, ________, tar sands, tar shale, deep ocean Arctic drilling. This path, if continued, guarantees that we will pass tipping ______ leading to ice sheet disintegration that will accelerate out of control of future generations. A large fraction of _______ will be committed to extinction. And increasing intensity of droughts and floods will ________ ______ breadbaskets of the world, causing _______ _______ and economic decline. Imagine a giant asteroid on a ______ _________ course with Earth.

Solution

  1. billion
  2. impact
  3. severely
  4. dollars
  5. fracking
  6. direct
  7. collision
  8. points
  9. massive
  10. famines
  11. species

Original Text

But instead of placing a rising fee on carbon emissions to make fossil fuels pay their true cost to society, our governments are forcing the public to subsidize fossil fuels by 400 to 500 billion dollars per year worldwide, thus encouraging extraction of every fossil fuel — mountaintop removal, longwall mining, fracking, tar sands, tar shale, deep ocean Arctic drilling. This path, if continued, guarantees that we will pass tipping points leading to ice sheet disintegration that will accelerate out of control of future generations. A large fraction of species will be committed to extinction. And increasing intensity of droughts and floods will severely impact breadbaskets of the world, causing massive famines and economic decline. Imagine a giant asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth.

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collocation frequency
global warming 8
climate change 7
ice sheets 5
fossil fuels 5
energy imbalance 5
sea level 4
white house 3
greenhouse effect 3
fossil fuel 3
energy balance 3

Important Words

  1. accelerate
  2. arctic
  3. asteroid
  4. billion
  5. breadbaskets
  6. carbon
  7. causing
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  9. committed
  10. continued
  11. control
  12. cost
  13. decline
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  15. direct
  16. disintegration
  17. dollars
  18. drilling
  19. droughts
  20. earth
  21. economic
  22. emissions
  23. encouraging
  24. extinction
  25. extraction
  26. famines
  27. fee
  28. floods
  29. forcing
  30. fossil
  31. fracking
  32. fraction
  33. fuel
  34. fuels
  35. future
  36. generations
  37. giant
  38. governments
  39. guarantees
  40. ice
  41. imagine
  42. impact
  43. increasing
  44. intensity
  45. large
  46. leading
  47. longwall
  48. massive
  49. mining
  50. mountaintop
  51. ocean
  52. pass
  53. path
  54. pay
  55. placing
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  57. public
  58. removal
  59. rising
  60. sands
  61. severely
  62. shale
  63. sheet
  64. society
  65. species
  66. subsidize
  67. tar
  68. tipping
  69. true
  70. world
  71. worldwide
  72. year