Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org and the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College. In 2014 he was given the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the "alternative Nobel," in the Swedish Parliament. He is also a member of Grist's board of directors.

Coal

Say it ain’t Kosovo: U.S. State Dept. pushes coal in Eastern Europe

Why is the State Department ignoring climate change and pressuring the World Bank to approve loans for a giant coal-fired power plant in Kosovo?

Oil

Keystone XL decision is a big win — for now

The State Department and the president denied the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. This is a big win for activists, but the fight against Big Oil continues.

Politics

Time to be angry, not cynical, about corporate money in politics

We're unfazed by things that should shake us to the core, like how Big Oil pays Congress to do its bidding. We need to get naïvely angry again.

Election 2012

Is global warming an election issue after all?

Climate change as a campaign issue could be a surprise winner for Obama.Photo: The White HouseThis essay was originally published on TomDispatch and is republished …

Climate Change

McKibben to critics: Forget NIMBY — the new battle cry is ‘Not On Our Planet’

My very favorite piece of punditry about the Keystone XL pipeline appeared the day after President Obama sent it back for more review, perhaps killing …

Oil

We won a temporary victory on Keystone XL, but the fight goes on

Dear Friends, Um, we won. You won. Not completely. The president didn’t outright reject the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. My particular fantasy — …

Oil

Keystone pipeline's last defense: Cold, hard cash

With all the facts against them, proponents of the climate-decimating tar-sands pipeline are playing their final hand: big piles of money.

Election 2012

Where did Obama's mojo go?

Obama's fund-raising emails sound a little pathetic. Nixing the Keystone XL pipeline could be his last chance to prove himself to progressive voters.

Transportation

Stopping bad things and starting good ones

On Moving Planet Day, Sept. 24, people around the world will get on bikes, skateboards, and their own two feet to put fossil fuels in the rearview mirror.