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Letterman and climate change: “Thank you for scaring the crap out of me.”

Letterman and climate change: “Thank you for scaring the crap out of me.”

Bill McKibben was on Letterman this week, talking about climate change, his new book, 350.org, the exciting (and growing!) 10:10 movement, and putting solar panels back on the White House. McKibben was both pessimistic and upbeat, while Letterman was serious and engaged. You can watch the segment here:

The most interesting quote (aside form Letterman saying  “Thank you for scaring the crap out of me”) was McKibben’s explanation of the philosophy of his organization.  McKibben said,
 
“20 years ago I believed that if we showed politicians that the world is coming to an end, they might do something…but we need to show them that their careers are coming to an end, and that might motivate them a little more.”

This is frightening if true.

So is a failure to act in the U.S. a matter of skepticism, or a lack of political will? What do you think?

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5:27PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Thank you.

5:26PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Thank you.

5:25PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Thank you.

5:25PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Thank you.

5:24PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Thank you.

5:15PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

Definitely a lack of political will. Americans (like pretty much all humans) hate change, hate the idea of having to give something up, hate the idea that they need to be responsible for something greater than themselves. Politicians know if they do the right thing, a certain segment of the US populace will bitch and moan about their loss of "freedom" and will try to elect cretins who will let us do whatever we want, to hell with the planet. And, of course, there's the $$$ from lobbyists for the industries causing the problem.

8:49PM PDT on Oct 17, 2010

George Soros is doing a great job with 350.org

8:48PM PDT on Oct 17, 2010

In Europe where gas is 2x the price they live closer to work, ride buses, drive small cars or motorbikes and shop in small local stores. We need to get rid of the suburbs, raise gas prices now...

Last time I was in Barcelona with a rental car, took hours to go anywhere and $50+ to park. I walk or take the subway now.

8:44PM PDT on Oct 17, 2010

Its simple, just raise gas prices to $10 a gallon, that will reduce consumption. Also raise electricity, at least double, preferably 10x. More people will ride bikes, go off the grid, and certainly drive less and use less electricity. We are running out of cheap gas, lets raise prices now before we are forced to.

8:08PM PDT on Oct 17, 2010

I started educating myself on the global warming issue after the BP Oil spill. That was the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back” for me. I am so OVER the Oil Companies I can’t tell you. Anyway, I am mortified at what I have learned. So I decided to create a web site on alternative energy to share the information I was learning. (See my page for the link if you’re interested) I did this because I realized that the transition to alternative energy is going to have to be grassroots because the government is run by these oil giants. And, Yes! Global warming is very scary stuff.

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