Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and co-founder of 350.org. His most recent book is Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Citizens Must Hold Government Accountable on Climate
A few things that happened this week: one set of researchers announced that February was the planet’s fourth-warmest month on record, which is especially bad news since the El Niño that produced last year’s record-breaking heat is over and we’re supposed to be cooling a little. Another group of...
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
The Americans We Need
As tens of thousands of people across the United States rushed to airports and took to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration by Muslims from seven countries, and refugees generally; as four federal judges issued emergency orders to prevent immediate deportations...
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
From Faith to Action: Fossil Fuel Divestment More Vital Than Ever
In a world where too many institutions now worship power and wealth, the Church remains a citadel of the word, a place where ideas matter. And words have rarely been used with more power than by Pope Francis in his majestic Laudato Si . I spent several weeks living with it, as I wrote a d etailed...
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Monday, January 23, 2017
With the Rise of Trump, Is It Game Over for the Climate Fight?
One possibility is, we’ve lost. It’s a real possibility, and we should consider it carefully instead of ignoring it because it’s emotionally unpalatable. I think the argument would go like this: The idea that humans would move quickly enough off coal and oil and gas to salvage the planet’s climate...
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Rex Tillerson Is Big Oil Personified. The Damage He Can Do Is Immense
In one of the futile demonstrations that marked the run-up to the Iraq war, I saw a woman with a sign that read “How Did Our Oil End Up Under Their Sand?” In nine words she managed to sum up a great deal of American foreign policy, back at least as far as the 1953 coup that overthrew Mossadegh in...
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Friday, January 06, 2017
Democrats Shouldn’t Squander Their One Advantage
The Democrats were given one great gift last year. Even as they lost state legislatures and control of the Senate, even as they surrendered governors’ mansions and somehow turned over the White House to a moral midget, one thing broke their way. And if they squander it now, as their establishment...
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Friday, December 02, 2016
How to Save the Planet From President Trump
We’re going to be dealing with an onslaught of daily emergencies during the Trump years. Already it’s begun — if there’s nothing going on (or in some cases when there is ), our leader often begins the day with a tweet to stir the pot, and suddenly we’re debating whether burning the flag should lose...
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Saturday, November 19, 2016
Donald Trump is Betting Against all Odds on Climate Change
President-elect Donald Trump has already begun to back off some of his promises: Maybe not all of Obamacare has to go. Maybe parts of his wall will actually be a fence. Maybe it’s okay to have some lobbyists running the government after all. But I fear he won’t shrink from the actions he has...
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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Why Dakota Is the New Keystone
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Native Americans who have spent the last months in peaceful protest against an oil pipeline along the banks of the Missouri are standing up for tribal rights. They’re also standing up for clean water, environmental justice and a working climate. And it’s time that everyone...
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Monday, October 17, 2016
Donald Trump Isn’t the Only Enemy on the Ballot
I voted early at the town hall in my small Vermont hamlet last week. Partly because I may be out of town on election day—and partly because I wanted to make sure that just in case Donald Trump got forced from the race, I had the pleasure of voting against him. And it was a pleasure, the same...
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