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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Exxon Mobil said: 'we are confident that none of our hydrocarbon reserves are now or will become ‘stranded'' Photograph: Murdo Macleod Views
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Exxon Mobil's Response to Climate Change is Consummate Arrogance
Monday saw the release of the latest climate report from the planet’s scientists. Predictions of famine, flood, and so on – mostly what we already knew, in even more striking language. But Monday also saw the release of another document somewhat less expected , and probably at least as important in...
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story
Two years ago, on a gorgeous November day, 12,000 activists surrounded the White House to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Signs we carried featured quotes from Barack Obama in 2008: "Time to end the tyranny of oil"; "In my administration, the rise of the oceans will begin to slow."
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Monday, October 28, 2013
Can Obama Ever Stand Up to the Oil Industry?
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Monday, August 19, 2013
A Movement for a New Planet
The history we grow up with shapes our sense of reality -- it’s hard to shake. If you were young during the fight against Nazism, war seems a different, more virtuous animal than if you came of age during Vietnam. I was born in 1960, and so the first great political character of my life was Martin Luther King, Jr. I had a shadowy, child’s sense of him when he was still alive, and then a mythic one as his legend grew; after all, he had a national holiday. As a result, I think, I imagined that he set the template for how great movements worked.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
It's Time to Stop Investing in the Fossil Fuel Industry
Earlier this month, the trustees of the city graveyard in Santa Monica, California (final resting place of actor Glenn Ford and tennis star May Sutton) announced they were selling their million dollars worth of stock in fossil fuel companies.
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Friday, April 19, 2013
How Your Pension is Being Used in a $6 Trillion Climate Gamble
Suppose you weren’t worried that we humans are destroying our water supply and eroding our ability to feed ourselves by burning coal and gas and oil and hence changing climate. Suppose you thought that was all liberal hooey.
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Friday, April 12, 2013
The Fossil Fuel Resistance
It got so hot in Australia in January that the weather service had to add two new colors to its charts .
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Monday, April 08, 2013
Is the Keystone XL Pipeline the “Stonewall” of the Climate Movement?
A few weeks ago, Time magazine called the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring some of the dirtiest energy on the planet from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast the “Selma and Stonewall” of the climate movement.
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Monday, April 01, 2013
The Methane Beneath Our Feet
Insouciant New Yorkers—here is another pending disaster to shrug off with characteristic brio! There is a huge, ongoing gas leak beneath your very feet.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Confronting a Senate Beholden to 'Big Oil'
After a very chaotic week on Capitol Hill, I wanted to write you with an update on what happened in the Senate on Friday. First and foremost: the oil industry’s Senators did not manage to pass legislation that would force President Obama to build Keystone XL.
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