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Bill McKibben's Path to Environmental Activism

Monday, September 23, 2013

Environmental author and activist Bill McKibben (350vt/flickr)

Bill McKibben, activist and author most recently of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activisttalks about his new book in which he recounts his personal story about his activism around a sustainable planet.

Guests:

Bill McKibben

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" . . . Since just before the start of the 21st century, the Earth's average global surface temperature has failed to rise despite soaring levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases and years of dire warnings from environmental advocates.

Now, as scientists with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gather in Sweden this week to approve portions of the IPCC's fifth assessment report, they are finding themselves pressured to explain this glaring discrepancy. . . . "

http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-climate-change-uncertainty-20130923,0,791164.story

Sep. 24 2013 03:20 AM

" . . . At the same time, those who deny the tenets of climate change science — that the burning of fossil fuels adds carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and warms it — have seized on the hiatus, calling it proof that global warming isn't real. . . . "

Who are you going to believe: your own lying thermometer, or the theoretical models of Messrs McKibben, Hanson, and Gore?

Sep. 23 2013 02:17 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Whenever I hear McKibben and the other self-interested hucksters who live generously off the hysteria of imminent climate disaster, I am reminded of Michael Crichton's brilliant 2004 book "State of Fear." The McKibben-like character in the book, Nicholas Drake from NERF, was prescient and spot on.
(LOL, the NYT didn't like the book's premise.)

RIP, Dr. Crichton, we miss you.

Sep. 23 2013 12:17 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Would it help defuse the opposition to ending dependence on coal if there were efforts to help people in coal-producing areas make a transition to another way to make a living? Many members of Congress come from such areas & campaign on "Environmentalists are trying to take away your only source of income." Such a transition could reduce the effective of that type of appeal, but how would it work?

Sep. 23 2013 11:45 AM
Joel from Westchester

Is any state/municipality in the U.S. requiring new (or old) buildings) to have solar panels on them.?

Sep. 23 2013 11:44 AM
John from NYC

Can you ask Mr. McKibben about "Tidal Power" PBS had a report about a town in Maine two weekends ago.

Sep. 23 2013 11:41 AM
Sheree from Manhattan

Please thank Mr. Mckibben for all the time and energy he has spent making people aware of what can be, looking to solutions for the long term. I participated in the Draw the Line action against the Keystone XL pipeline here in Manhattan on Saturday. It was great to be with so any like minded people---the wind was gusting, the sun was shining brighly, creating lots of energy and making our point for us.

Sep. 23 2013 11:40 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

If Germany, a nation hardly know for its sunshine, can already produce half of its energy for its large economy from solar and wind, the only reason it doesn't happen here is only due to the power of the fossil fuel industry, and the GOP that has become the political arm of the fossil fuel industry. That is why the GOP is becoming increasingly irrelevant, by siding with fossils. But that is where they get their money from.

Sep. 23 2013 11:39 AM
John A

Set caps for individual usage: electricity, gasoline, etc. Then offer free education to get people there. ConEd kinda sorta does some of this with free energy audits.

Sep. 23 2013 11:39 AM
whoindatgarden from Brooklyn

Your guest will agree that everything we are doing with regards to the environment is like pissing on a forest fire. The best thing to do is what one can individual can do, the U.S. and Europeans have to lead today and right now they are not and no public policy is going to come that the people are willing to change and accept.

Sep. 23 2013 11:35 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Suburbia is going to go, unless solar energy and electric cars come to the rescue. Otherwise, suburbia is not sustainable. Suburbia is collapsing.

Sep. 23 2013 11:29 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan -- Nobody but an blinkered ideologue takes the Daily Mail's easily debunked industry propaganda seriously.

Sep. 23 2013 11:24 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Please ask McKibben about the upcoming IPCC report ... and the response from the rest of the Climate Change Mafia.

LONDON DAILY MAIL – September 20,2013

WORLD'S TOP CLIMATE SCIENTISTS TOLD TO "COVER UP" THE FACT THAT THE EARTH'S TEMPERATURE HASN'T RISEN FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS" (Leaked United Nations report)

“The report is the result of six years’ work by UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is seen as the world authority on the extent of climate change.
Scientists working on the most authoritative study on climate change were urged to cover up the fact that the world’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years, it is claimed.
A leaked copy of a United Nations report seen by the Associated Press yesterday revealed deep concerns among politicians about a lack of global warming over the past few years.
The United States delegation even weighed in, urging the authors of the report to explain away the lack of warming using the ‘leading hypothesis’ among scientists that the lower warming is down to more heat being absorbed by the ocean – which has got hotter.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2425775/Climate-scientists-told-cover-fact-Earths-temperature-risen-15-years.html#ixzz2fiRuMoH8

Sep. 23 2013 08:20 AM

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