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Sat Sep 22, 2012, 08:31 AM

Bill McKibben: Go After the “Outlaw” Fossil Fuel Companies

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/09/21-10



When I read in The New York Times on Thursday that a record low amount of ice — only 24 percent — covered the Arctic Ocean, I thought immediately of a speech I heard Bill McKibben give at Fighting Bob Fest in Madison, Wisconsin, last Saturday.


“Reality intrudes,” he said. Amid all the focus on the political campaigns, he continued, “the most important thing that happened this year was that half the Arctic ice cap melted. One of the biggest physical features of our planet got broken.”

He talked about the “summer like no other” that we’ve just lived through, noting that it started in March when it was 94 degrees in South Dakota. While it may have felt welcome, he said, it was “weird and scary and not how the world is supposed to work.”

He noted the forest fires in New Mexico and Colorado, and then the drought that’s been covering 68 percent of the country and the record heat we’ve had in Wisconsin.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 11:51 AM

1. The resistance against the fossil fuel industry, ...

is boycotting their product and the global economy whenever possible. Walk, ride bikes whenever possible, use the buss which already has bought gas instead of your car, buy locally whenever possible conserving transportation fuels.

The real fight against the FF industry is one of consciousness and one of choice. Cut their profits by 70%, then tell them to put their R&D behind renewables, if they want to survive as energy companies, they must evolve.

As it is now, they seem to have no problem with killing their host, the planet, and their clients, humans. The fact they still have clients, is a startling lack of consciousness fed by a startling level of ignorance.

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Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:39 PM

2. Bill McKibben debating prominent fossil fuel advocate

McKibben is debating someone named Alex Epstein (who has been advocating big oil/fossil fuels for some time now) on November 5th.

Can't wait to to see McKibben's debate skills in action. Check out: http://fossilfueldebate.com

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:50 PM

3. Very true.

Sad thing is, things are going to get quite a bit worse before they get better.....and most of us may not live to see that day.

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