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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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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Friday, September 23, 2016
Faced With Massive Opposition to Dakota Access, Banks Could Still Pull Out
Most Americans live far from the path of the Dakota Access pipeline—they won’t be able to visit the encampments on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation where representatives of more than 200 tribes have come together in the most dramatic show of force of this environmental moment. They won’t be able...
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Wednesday, September 07, 2016
A Pipeline Fight and America’s Dark Past
This week, thousands of Native Americans, from more than a hundred tribes, have camped out on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, which straddles the border between the Dakotas, along the Missouri River. What began as a slow trickle of people a month ago is now an increasingly angry flood. They’re...
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The Axis Of Destruction And Hope
If you want to understand the climate crisis today, you need to journey roughly along the 95th parallel, from Louisiana in the south to the the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas. In the Bayou State, there’s great courage, as local people work to rescue their neighbors from rising...
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Friday, July 08, 2016
Why Democrats Should Be Cheering For Bernie Sanders
There’s been truly horrible news the past couple of days: Google Alton Sterling or Philando Castille if you somehow missed it. And there’s been nasty political news: Donald Trump and his ‘sheriff’s star.’ Those events are, sadly, predictable, and all the more troubling because of that...
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The Clinton Campaign Is Obstructing Change to the Democratic Platform
The Democratic platform process is finally underway, and the main issue is this: Did the campaign of Bernie Sanders really alter the Democratic Party? The answer is not yet entirely clear, but on many key issues so far the Hillary Clinton campaign has been unwilling to commit to delivering...
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Thursday, May 05, 2016
The Time Has Come to Turn Up the Heat on Those Who are Wrecking Planet Earth
An interesting question is, what are you waiting for? Global warming is the biggest problem we’ve ever faced as a civilisation — certainly you want to act to slow it down, but perhaps you’ve been waiting for just the right moment. The moment when, oh, marine biologists across the Pacific begin...
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Saturday, March 05, 2016
The Mercury Doesn’t Lie: We’ve Hit a Troubling Climate Change Milestone
Thursday, while the nation debated the relative size of Republican genitalia, something truly awful happened. Across the northern hemisphere, the temperature, if only for a few hours, apparently crossed a line: it was more than two degrees Celsius above “normal” for the first time in recorded...
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Thursday, February 18, 2016
It's Not Just What Exxon Did, It's What It's Doing
Here’s the story so far. We have the chief legal representatives of the eighth and 16th largest economies on Earth (California and New York) probing the biggest fossil fuel company on Earth (ExxonMobil), while both Democratic presidential candidates are demanding that the federal Department of...
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Why We Need to Keep 80 Percent of Fossil Fuels in the Ground
Physics can impose a bracing clarity on the normally murky world of politics. It can make things simple. Not easy, but simple. We have to attack this problem from both ends, going after supply as well as demand. Most of the time, public policy is a series of trade-offs: higher taxes or fewer...
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