Posts Tagged ‘Bill McKibben’

Letter from Reader

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The Dallas Morning News published my letter on blocking the Keystone pipeline. For those who do not subscribe and are interested, a copy of the letter is below.

Fossil fuels here to stay

Re: “Battle over Keystone – Skeptics are wrong – blocking the pipeline will help curb climate change” Bill McKibben says,” Sunday Points.

Climate activist Bill McKibben says blocking the pipeline will help curb climate change, but this is wrong on two points. First, blocking the pipeline won’t stop the oil from being used, it will just be used someplace else, such as China. Second, even if Canadian oil sands are never utilized, it won’t improve our climate, because atmospheric CO2 additions have little effect. (more…)

How “Policy By Panic” Can Backfire for Environmentalists

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Source: Slate

Saying that droughts are caused by global warming leads to public distrust and disengagement when the rain starts to fall.

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“Everyone knows” that you should drink eight glasses of water a day. After all, this is the advice of a multitude of health writers, not to mention authorities like Britain’s National Health Service. Healthy living now means carrying water bottles with us, sipping at all times, trying to drink our daily quota to ensure that we stay hydrated and healthy.

Indeed, often we drink without being thirsty, but that is how it should be: As the beverage maker Gatorade reminds us, “your brain may know a lot, but it doesn’t know when your body is thirsty.” Sure, drinking this much does not feel comfortable, but Powerade offers this sage counsel: “You may be able to train your gut to tolerate more fluid if you build your fluid intake gradually.” (more…)

And Why Bill McKibben is an Utter Fool

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Source: No Frakking Consensus

This blog will return in mid-September. In the meantime, here’s a video of a presentation I gave in Australia last month – and some thoughts on the bankruptcy of contemporary green analysis.

To those of you who’ve been checking this blog for new material, please accept my apologies for the radio silence.

The climate debate can be a difficult place in which to live. Emotions run high. Chronic simple-mindedness abounds. Sometimes a person needs a bit of a holiday.

In a recent interview prominent green activist Bill McKibben declared that “fossil fuel barons” are “taking away the future” and must therefore be stopped (backup link here).

Those of us who regard affordable energy as a golden ticket out of drudgery, as providing access to light, heat, refrigeration, and safe cooking facilities can only marvel that there still are people who consider McKibben’s perspective “a riveting fresh look” at the climate debate. (more…)

Musings From a Radical Green

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Source:  Think Progress Green

By Bill McKibben

Today in the New York Times there was a story that made it completely clear why we have to be here. They uncovered the fact that the company building that tar sands pipeline was allowed to choose another company to conduct the environmental impact statement, and the company that they chose was a company was a company that did lots and lots of work for them. So, in other words, the whole thing was rigged top to bottom and that’s why the environmental impact statement said that this pipeline would cause no trouble, unlike the scientists who said if we build this pipeline it’s “game over” for the climate. We can’t let this pipeline get built. (more…)

Is economic “graceful decline” the true agenda of some warmists?

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Source:  Whatsup

Guest commentary by Indur Goklany

Sometimes the true agenda is laid bare.

From http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/08/19/1, a piece on Bill McKibben, in which E&E News’ Paul Fialka discusses his agenda, are these passages.

[My comments are in brackets. I have highlighted some passages.]

Many of the climate theories in [McKibben’s] book ["The End of Nature."]– and the future career path of McKibben — were shaped by James Hansen, who was then and is now the head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. Starting in 1988, Hansen had begun to testify before Congress that greenhouse gas emissions had begun to change familiar weather patterns on the planet and, without action to limit them, the changes would become more obvious and dangerous in the 21st century.

As Hansen explained and as McKibben later found out, the people who were most vulnerable to the flooding, famine and drought and the spread of tropical diseases lived in developing countries. McKibben was interviewing people in the slums of Bangladesh in 2006 when he was hospitalized with dengue fever, which is still untreatable. As he watched others dying, he recalled in a later book: “Something in me snapped. Nothing concrete had come from my work, or anyone else’s.”… (more…)

Blowing Up the Climate Skeptics

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Source:  American Spectator

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Referring to the video that Chris mentioned earlier, it was absolutely despicable. It is still on the web but I will not link it or embed it. The theme was alarmists in leadership exhorting their underlings (like a teacher and her schoolchildren) to take steps to reduce their carbon emissions by 10 percent. Those who didn’t raise their hands (yes, children) in favor of the program were literally blown up by their leader with the push of a button. Their blood and guts splattered those around them, as graphically as you can imagine — no, more than you can imagine. The message: climate deniers must die an extremely violent death. (more…)

Eaarth Inhabitant Disavows 1010.org Video

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Source:  American Spectator

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Commenter Susan made me aware in my earlier blog post that 350.org’s Bill McKibben, a partner with 1010.org, has issued a statement that claimed his group had nothing to do with their gross-out, kill-the-deniers video, and called it “disgusting.” From his statement, which he issued after learning about the video after he (surprise!) climbed off a plane in Boston:

Climate skeptics are going to make a big deal of this. The video represents the kind of stupidity that really hurts our side, reinforcing in people’s minds a series of preconceived notions, not the least of which is that we’re out-of-control elitists. Not to mention crazy, and also with completely misplaced sense of humor….

Crazy? Now where would we get that idea, Bill? Maybe from your lamentations at church in Copenhagen:

Those damned shriveled ears of corn. I’ve done everything I can think of, and millions of people around the world have joined us at 350.org in the most international campaign there ever was. But I just sat there thinking: It’s not enough. We didn’t do enough. I should have started earlier. People are dying already; people are sitting tonight in their small homes trying to figure out how they’re going to make the maize meal they have stretch far enough to fill the tummies of the kids sitting there waiting for dinner. And that’s with 390 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere. (more…)

The meltdown of the climate campaign

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Source:  WeeklyStandard

By Steven F. Hayward

It is increasingly clear that the leak of the internal emails and documents of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in November has done for the climate change debate what the Pentagon Papers did for the Vietnam war debate 40 years ago-changed the narrative decisively. Additional revelations of unethical behavior, errors, and serial exaggeration in climate science are rolling out on an almost daily basis, and there is good reason to expect more. (more…)

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