Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the founder of 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.

Climate Change

You shall not pass: Activists to block Warren Buffett’s coal trains

Saturday is Climate Impacts Day, a worldwide “day of witness” connecting extreme weather to climate change. One of the thousands of actions will be aimed at educating one powerful man.

Energy Policy

Subsidies 101: A guide to corporate handouts, and why we shouldn’t stand for them

Let's call subsidies what they are: freebies for the richest companies in history. Here are five rules of the road that should be applied to the fossil-fuel industry when it comes to subsidies.

Election 2012

About that record-breaking dead heat in Illinois (no, not the polls)

Extremes like Chicago's freak March heat wave will be the new normal for a warming planet. But don't expect to hear about that from our presidential candidates.


Bitter spill: Leaky Keystone’s economic risks would dwarf benefits

A comprehensive look at the Keystone XL pipeline's economic impact finds we can expect 91 significant spills from the proposed project.

Fossil Fuels

The great carbon bubble: Why the fossil-fuel industry fights so hard

Big Oil will do anything to avoid coming to terms with the fact that the business models which have made it so profitable directly threaten the Earth's survival, writes Bill McKibben.


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?


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.


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 here with Tom’s kind permission. Conventional wisdom has it that the next election will be …