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The Ugliest Word in the English Language: Fracking
Climate Change: Just the Facts
The fossil fuel industry is the main impediment to real change. Why? Because they are making money. Exxon made more money in 2009 than any company in the history of money.
The Planet Cries Out
We need to clear the polluted political air before we'll have a real chance to clear the actual atmosphere.
Time to Take It to the Streets
Nonviolent civil disobedience has been a less effective tactic in this country in the past few decades for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is probably that our woes are more complicated than in an earlier age. If there’s an exception to this rule, it's the issue I've spent much of my life working on: climate change.
True, climate change is rooted in complex science, but at this point the mechanisms are pretty clear: Burn fossil fuel and wreck the planet. It carries a strong moral edge: The people who burn the least suffer the most. And there are a series of relatively obvious villains: oil and coal barons, who not only profit from the carbon but use their proceeds to foul the debate with endless propaganda.
Since campaigners have in many cases changed their own lives, and tried for two decades the obvious tactics, such as legislative advocacy, without result, maybe the time has come to heighten the stakes, with mass action at the most obvious sites, from coal-fired power plants to corporate headquarters and congressional offices. Indeed, brave people have already begun: More than 100 were arrested, for instance, in a recent D.C. protest about mountaintop removal coal mining.
But using this tactic effectively will require some other changes.
A Problem of Biblical Proportions
The summer's weather can safely be described as biblical, in the sense that newspaper writers generally use the word -- that is, loud, scary, and dangerous.
Time for Some Angry Work
Time for Some Angry Work
Water, Water, Everywhere
If there is one commodity we should think about collectively, it's water.
Copenhagen's 'Hail Mary'
The witness of Denmark.
A Difference that Matters
I am writing these words on the train from Zurich to Geneva, looking up from my keyboard to see snowcapped mountains hanging over the lake.
Video: Bill McKibben on The Colbert Report
The Price of Victory
Winning can be nearly as hard as losing. Everything changed for the American environmental movement with Barack Obama’s victory.
Sounding the Alarm Bell
The next step for the climate change movement.
The Leadership Gap on Global Warming
Stepping It Up to Save the Earth
The fight against global warming will require a movement full of fire and prayer. That movement has begun...
Sins of Emission
No politician seriously believes that Americans are willing to deal with global warming. Is it too late to prove them wrong?