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Mon Dec 21, 2015, 09:30 AM

 

Leading environmentast and Climate Change pioneer Bill McKibben endorses Bernie Sanders

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Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author has endorsed Bernie. From a campaign e-mail by him I received:

"Last night's Democratic debate was a disappointment for anyone who cares about the future of our planet. After an historic climate summit in Paris, it is unconscionable that the moderators of last night's debate — as well as the Republican debate — didn't ask a single question about climate change.

It's too bad, because Bernie’s new climate plan is the kind of deep, powerful plan we really need. I hope that you’ll sign on to support it. It gets us started fast — 40% reductions in carbon emissions by 2030 would put the country and the world on a new pathway. Bernie’s plan would create ten million jobs — and make sure that they’re shared with those communities that usually get left out of our economic booms.

But here’s what’s really important: Bernie’s climate plan comes with unique credibility. Because he’s worked hard for change when it wasn’t popular or easy. I know this because he’s a fellow Vermonter who I’ve watched for decades. And I know it in my bones because, in the early days of the fight against the Keystone Pipeline, he was almost the only person on Capitol Hill who signed on to help with the fight. He was dogged, and sometimes he was grumpy, and he never let up.

That’s the spirit we’re going to need going forward. As the revelations of the last few weeks have made clear, the biggest and richest of the oil companies, Exxon, knew everything there was to know about climate change decades ago, and yet helped spread the disinformation and deceit that have held back progress for a quarter-century.

To stand up to that kind of power requires backbone and passionate commitment. And it requires a leader who can mobilize a movement.

When we talk about alternative energy, there’s solar, and there’s wind. And there’s Bernie Sanders."
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Addendum:
And before the inevitable snarky "who?" it should be pointed out that McKibben is a leader in the environmental movement:

http://www.billmckibben.com/bio.html

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”



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Reply Leading environmentast and Climate Change pioneer Bill McKibben endorses Bernie Sanders (Original post)
Armstead Dec 2015 OP
AtomicKitten Dec 2015 #1
Armstead Dec 2015 #2
Proserpina Dec 2015 #3
daleanime Dec 2015 #4
Proserpina Dec 2015 #5
Enthusiast Dec 2015 #10
Jarqui Dec 2015 #6
WillyT Dec 2015 #7
CharlotteVale Dec 2015 #8
Enthusiast Dec 2015 #9
DemocratSinceBirth Dec 2015 #11
JDPriestly Dec 2015 #12
pangaia Dec 2015 #13
Indydem Dec 2015 #17
Amimnoch Dec 2015 #19
pangaia Dec 2015 #20
Android3.14 Dec 2015 #21
pangaia Dec 2015 #22
99th_Monkey Dec 2015 #14
stupidicus Dec 2015 #15
kenfrequed Dec 2015 #16
Uncle Joe Dec 2015 #18
me b zola Dec 2015 #23

Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 09:32 AM

1. An excellent endorsement.

 

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 10:22 AM

2. Kick

 

Not sexy, but important

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 11:09 AM

3. I like the creativity of equating Bernie with Renewable Energy

 

That he is, and there's a multiplying effect that you don't get with just any guy...Bernie's a transformer!

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Response to Proserpina (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 11:11 AM

4. The only candidate available. ......

who changes the 'game'.

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Response to daleanime (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 11:13 AM

5. Well put, Sir!

 

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Response to daleanime (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 11:46 AM

10. And we desperately need a game changer, now, more than ever.

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 11:18 AM

6. What a wonderful endorsement from a wonderful man

But here’s what’s really important: Bernie’s climate plan comes with unique credibility. Because he’s worked hard for change when it wasn’t popular or easy. I know this because he’s a fellow Vermonter who I’ve watched for decades. And I know it in my bones because, in the early days of the fight against the Keystone Pipeline, he was almost the only person on Capitol Hill who signed on to help with the fight. He was dogged, and sometimes he was grumpy, and he never let up.

That’s the spirit we’re going to need going forward. As the revelations of the last few weeks have made clear, the biggest and richest of the oil companies, Exxon, knew everything there was to know about climate change decades ago, and yet helped spread the disinformation and deceit that have held back progress for a quarter-century.

To stand up to that kind of power requires backbone and passionate commitment. And it requires a leader who can mobilize a movement.

When we talk about alternative energy, there’s solar, and there’s wind. And there’s Bernie Sanders."


I don't know if Bernie is going to win this primary but I suspect receiving words like that will mean a lot to him. Really nice endorsement.

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 11:19 AM

7. HUGE K & R !!! - THANK YOU !!!

 


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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 11:21 AM

8. K&R

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 11:44 AM

9. Kicked and recommended to the Max! Wow!

When US intelligence says environmental issues are extremely critical why is there a near complete blackout on this issue?

I mean, these same people that won't mention climate change were perfectly willing to believe the most convoluted contrived bullshit intelligence about Iraq leading up to the war.

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 11:46 AM

11. Congratulations/nt

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 11:50 AM

12. Wow! This is big! This matters!

This endorsement of all of the endorsements of any candidate so far is historic.

If and when Bernie is elected, this endorsement will mean a real change in our direction in terms of the environment.

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 11:54 AM

13. "When we talk about alternative energy, there’s solar, and there’s wind. And there’s Bernie Sanders.



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Response to pangaia (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 12:27 PM

17. A never ending source of hot air.

 

Not much action.

Plenty of complaining.

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Response to Indydem (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 12:31 PM

19. Hah! If only bloviation produced methane.

 

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Response to Indydem (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 12:34 PM

20. I think I will add you to my list of most interesting people

from the Hillary camp-- Nurse Jackie, Think about it, janey Vee, NC traveler, and a few other whom I forget right now.

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Response to pangaia (Reply #20)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 12:52 PM

21. "Interesting" in the sense of the Confucian curse "May you live in interesting times"?

 

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Response to Android3.14 (Reply #21)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 03:43 PM

22. :>)))))

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 12:24 PM

14. BIG FAT K&R!!!! n/t

 

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 12:24 PM

15. that's to be expected

 

given BS's pov on CC

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 12:26 PM

16. We do need to do more!

Bernie said it best in previous statements. He considers climate change to being one of the most important national security issues.

And he is right!

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Response to Armstead (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 12:29 PM

18. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, Armstead.

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Mon Dec 21, 2015, 03:47 PM

23. K&R

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