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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Friday, July 8, 2016 - 8:15am
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 - 8:15am
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 5, 2016 - 4:15pm
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 5, 2016 - 11:30am
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 - 10:00am
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 - 10:30am
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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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 3:00pm
Getting Change Wrong
In the mounting, panicky attempts of elites to derail the Sanders candidacy, one strand dominates. You find it woven through every sage piece from the old-school pundits of the Times and the hip insider websites like Vox. Yes, they say, he's saying some useful things. But he can't really make them...
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:30pm
Bernie Sanders Refuses to Melt
Bernie Sanders keeps refusing to run the way that the pundits think he should -- that's what makes this primary so interesting and perhaps a turning point in American politics. You could see it last night in the Democratic town hall. Before they let, you know, sensible people ask questions, there...
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 10:00am
Night of the Living Dead, Climate Change-Style
When I was a kid, I was creepily fascinated by the wrongheaded idea, current in my grade school, that your hair and your fingernails kept growing after you died. The lesson seemed to be that it was hard to kill something off -- if it wanted to keep going. Something similar is happening right now...
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Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 1:30pm
Beyond Keystone: Why Climate Movement Must Keep Heat On
The key passage — the forward-looking passage — of President Obama’s speech last week rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline came right at the end, after he rehashed all the arguments about jobs and gas prices that had been litigated endlessly over the last few years. “Ultimately,” he said, “if we’re...
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