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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

Why, after a deadly explosion at a West Virginia coal mine and a massive oil spill in the Gulf, does climate legislation appear to have so little momentum in the Senate? Why haven't these signals of the downsides of fossil fuels created more political support for the cause of fighting climate change?

The climate change bill lacks momentum because politicians care about really important questions like, might this vote hurt my chances of reelection? And at the moment we don't have a movement strong enough to punish or reward anyone. That's why we at 350.org we're working with groups around the country and around the world to organize on October 10 (10/10/10) for a Global Work Party. We'll be putting up solar panels and digging community gardens in thousands of communities across the planet--and the message we'll be sending our leaders is 'We're Getting to Work, What About You?" I mean, if we can get up on the roof of the school and hammer in a solar panel, perhaps you could be bothered to rise to the floor of the Senate and hammer out some legislation? I mean real legislation, strong enough to matter.

By Bill McKibben  |  May 11, 2010; 2:52 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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