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Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben wrote the first book for a general audience on global warming in 1989. A scholar in residence at Middlebury College, he has written a dozen more books, and leads the organization of global climate change protests.

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A reelection issue

Politicians care about really important questions like, might this vote hurt my chances of re-election? And at the moment we don't have a movement strong enough to punish or reward anyone.

By Bill McKibben | May 11, 2010; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Losing the battle

40 years in, we're losing badly. The lack of action for two decades on climate is proof. Maybe we should go back and organize the way folks did in 1970 -- we're trying our best to do a modern version of that at

By Bill McKibben | April 19, 2010; 09:18 AM ET | Comments (6)

Give money back

What about, you know, giving the money back to the people.

By Bill McKibben | March 5, 2010; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (8)

Let's be serious

Why on earth would we want to worry about the future? That's for our kids to deal with. I mean, let's be serious adults here.

By Bill McKibben | January 5, 2010; 08:32 AM ET | Comments (6)

Um, no

Big enough to what? Take some heat off them for blocking progress?

By Bill McKibben | December 1, 2009; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Convincing skeptics

The impressive thing about this conspiracy is that they managed to convince the planet's glaciers, sea ice, and hydrological cycles to play along.

By Bill McKibben | November 24, 2009; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (13)

America is preventing progress

President Obama wasn't willing to expend the political capital to move the Senate -- the body from which he came, and which he must have known would be as dysfunctional as it has so far proven. As usual America is...

By Bill McKibben | November 17, 2009; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (6)

The Maldive Islands

The Maldive Islands have pledged to go carbon-neutral by 2020. They're building windmills left and right. That's a pretty good goal....

By Bill McKibben | November 11, 2009; 06:12 AM ET | Comments (2)

Left to wonder

They have a remarkable chance to earn a place in history. Sometime some historian is going to look back and say: how did we let the planet heat like this once we knew it was happening? The Democrats won't get...

By Bill McKibben | November 2, 2009; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Can We Stop Global Warming?

The doubt at this point is whether we still have margin to actually stop global warming from getting completely out of control. Scientists are pretty clear that 350 parts per million Co2 represents a kind of threshold -- as one...

By Bill McKibben | October 14, 2009; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (11)

A Popular Movement is Necessary

Here's the key challenge -- there's simply not a big enough movement yet to get action. Everywhere who isn't a die-hard ideologue knows this is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced, and yet almost everyone imagines some expert or...

By Bill McKibben | October 4, 2009; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

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