Crank of the Week – May 11, 2015 – Bill McKibben
Barack Obama is normally viewed as a friend to those on the green fringe. Whether it is his obstructionist dithering over the Keystone XL pipeline or draconian EPA regulations smothering the domestic coal industry, Obama has been a champion of green policies and mouthpiece for global warming scammers. It takes someone far to the left of sanity to label the US President a “climate denier” but that is precisely what this week's crank has done. Climate denier is a label usually reserved for Republicans who are skeptical of anthropogenic global warming, but environmentalist Bill McKibben has now given that label to President Obama.
Biting the hand that has feed his movement for six years, environmentalist and climate change alarmist, Bill McKibben has labeled President Barack Obama a “climate denier,” not because his views on global warming have changed, but because the president allowed an oil company to search for Arctic oil. Billy boy took to The New York Times opinion pages to lambast the Obama administration’s approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to explore for oil in the Arctic. McKibben called Obama’s decision “extreme” and “irresponsible.”
“Obama administration’s decision to give Shell Oil the go a head to drill in the Arctic shows why we may never win the fight against climate change,” McKibben whined. “Even in this most extreme circumstance, no one seems able to stand up to the power of the fossil fuel industry. No one ever says no.” Boohoo.
“In his first term, President Obama mostly ignored climate change, and he ran for re-election barely mentioning the subject until Hurricane Sandy made it unavoidable in the closing days of the campaign.” We got news for you skeezicks, Sandy was not a Hurricane when it hit land. That's why all you froth-at-the-mouth green pukes christened it “Super Storm Sandy,” a term immediately seized upon by the air-head news media. And there was nothing global warming related about it.
In his op-ed piece in the NYT, “Obama’s Catastrophic Climate-Change Denial,” this hyperactive ignoramus has taken the ultimate step in proving his greener than thou purity—he attacks the most liberal president in American history, calling him a climate change denier. Quoting from his screed:
And yet Mr. Obama — acting on his own, since these are all executive actions requiring nothing from Congress — has opened huge swaths of the Powder River basin to new coal mining. He’s still studying whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, though the country’s leading climate scientists have all told him it would be a disaster. And now he’s given Shell the green light, meaning that, as with Keystone, it will be up to the environmental movement to block the plan...
This is not climate denial of the Republican sort, where people simply pretend the science isn’t real. This is climate denial of the status quo sort, where people accept the science, and indeed make long speeches about the immorality of passing on a ruined world to our children. They just deny the meaning of the science, which is that we must keep carbon in the ground.
You have to admit, for a green leftist to throw Obama under the bus takes a lot of stones—or perhaps rocks in the head. According to the demented professor, “letting Shell drill in melting Arctic is like letting tobacco companies put cigarette machines in cancer wards.” A true master of inane similes.
A convocation of morons, protesting that which makes their lives possible.
“If we’re to have any chance of meeting even Mr. Obama’s weak goal of holding temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, we have to leave most carbon underground,” McKibben wrote. If most people realized what trying to meet this arbitrary and meaningless goal would cost them, they would opt for putting sanctimonious green whack-jobs like him in the ground.
McKibben, who teaches environmental studies at Middlebury College (proving you don't need to be qualified to be a college professor, just hold the right opinions), frequently tweets to the green faithful, covering such topics as the FBI spying on Keystone XL opponents (those fascists!), the divestment movement, and how well solar is working in Nepal post-earthquake (“You don't want to be in the dark—it's scary”). Name a loony leftist, green weenie, tree-hugger cause and Bill has your back. To prove his stick it to the man credentials, he led an environmental campaign against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project and spent three days in jail in Washington, DC. Too bad they didn't keep him.
Saving the planet, one mindless rant at a time.
Who is this champion of all things green and socialist? To start with he is a journalist with a BA from Harvard, not a scientist. Supposedly, following the election of Ronald Reagan back in 1980, he determined to dedicate his life to the environmental cause. Basically, he is a self selected, eco-wanker who is good at promoting himself and irritating others. A professional agitator with no particular talent for anything except being outraged. Here is an excerpt from his official web-site bio:
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.
For Billy, every new high temperature record, tropical storm or natural disaster is served up as proof that climate change, caused by we evil humans, is leading the planet to ruin. We guess that, with his “alternative Nobel,” McKibben is the alternative green prophet to Al Gore, who is obvious far too moderate for true green warriors. So, to help you get over not wining a Nobel for being a total dick, this Crank of the Week is for you – Bill McKibben, green blatherskite and promoter of eco-insanity.