Quote of the Week: Bill McKibben’s self delusion

qotw_croppedI had a tough time deciding if this should be “Quote of the Week” or “Climate Craziness of the Week”.  The quote is from 350.org’s founder Bill McKibben, who says:

I, as you can tell, am the furthest thing from an activist leader. I’m a writer.

One might believe that…. except for right above that statement is this photo and headline:

McKibben_protest

You can read the entire essay here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-26/is-a-leaderless-climate-movement-like-al-qaeda-.html
(h/t to Ryan Maue)

A simple search of Bill McKibben and protest yields many photos like this:

McKibben_protest_jail

Source: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20110823/NEWS02/110822034/McKibben-out-jail-encourages-more-protests

I used to think Bill McKibben was simply a misguided visionary.

But now with his self image delusion in the face of his own actions, I think maybe he’s just in denial, perhaps even afflicted with some sort of personality disorder.

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38 Responses to Quote of the Week: Bill McKibben’s self delusion

  1. DirkH says:

    He’s just a liar in the pay of the Rockefeller Foundation.

  2. Bennett In Vermont says:

    The Bloomberg.com link is a 404 page not found. Delete this after reading…

    REPLY:
    Nope, it is some sort of browser sensitivity to a poorly designed URL. Try different browser. – Anthony

  3. pinroot says:

    Who was that guy that started the environmental activist organization 350.org? Hmmm…

  4. richardK says:

    Bill, meet Bob Filner. Go to therapy together.

  5. Tom G(ologist) says:

    I love the photograph – people demonstrating for action on global warming all wearing cold weather clothing.

  6. DirkH says:

    This link works.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-26/is-a-leaderless-climate-movement-like-al-qaeda-.html

    Looks like Anthony’s post contains debris from an encoded question mark.

  7. David Rodgers says:

    Done up like a bunch of Eskimos, mittens and all. Oh that horrible global warming!

  8. rayvandune says:

    OT – Former Penn State President Spanier, who featured in the internal investigation “exonerating” Penn prof Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann of wrongdoing after the “Climategate” emails scandal, is now up on charges in relation to pedophile Jerry Sandusky. The charges include perjury.

  9. DarrenK says:

    Actually, there’s an extra space at the end of the link. If you remove that, the link will work in any browser. :)

  10. Tom Murphy says:

    What is truly sad (and equally scary) about McKibben’s statement is that he TRULY believes he is a writer and NOT an activist. There is no meaningful discussion with person such as this.

  11. omnologos says:

    of course he’s no leader, otherwise he’d have to take responsibility for the total lack of any success for 350.org

  12. Mikeyj says:

    rayvandune says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    OT – Former Penn State President Spanier, who featured in the internal investigation “exonerating” Penn prof Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann of wrongdoing after the “Climategate” emails scandal, is now up on charges in relation to pedophile Jerry Sandusky. The charges include perjury.

    At least he’s consistent.

  13. philjourdan says:

    Perhaps he is just trying to position himself outside the Mann-sphere. In other words, when he sues he wants the argument that he is NOT a public person.

  14. John West says:

    Y’all have obviously completely misjudged Bill McKibben. If you look at the fine print on the sign that’s invisible to the naked eye, y’all would see that Bill is actually anti-climate-action via UN style regulation.

    Mr. President, FORWARD on climate.

    Which, of course, means:
    Mr. President, Forgo Organized Rigid Wealth / Autonomy Redistribution Designs on climate.

    (/sarc)

  15. Joe says:

    Mikeyj says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    rayvandune says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    OT – Former Penn State President Spanier, who featured in the internal investigation “exonerating” Penn prof Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann of wrongdoing after the “Climategate” emails scandal, is now up on charges in relation to pedophile Jerry Sandusky. The charges include perjury.

    At least he’s consistent.
    ———————————————————————————————————–
    Lawsuit! Coming to a town near you!

    (although I can’t fault your logic :P )

  16. Tom J says:

    The disadvantaged in society (and they’re usually but not always the minority) ultimately acquire their unalienable rights by raising their voices and demanding them. Unfortunately, many have no voice with which to demand that: women in the MiddleEast, the elderly, and children. They need voices for them.

    McKibben and his allies apparently wish to give voice to something that is also voiceless. But it’s not those sentient groups. Instead it’s for something non sentient, vague, largely undefined and therefore open to contention.

    Sorry Mr. McKibben, you and your allies have taken the easy way out on your false path as champions of the good. You’re not. Quite the opposite really.

  17. EternalOptimist says:

    McKibben .What a strange person

  18. Sparks says:

    Tom G(ologist) says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I love the photograph – people demonstrating for action on global warming all wearing cold weather clothing.

    Ha Ha Ha HA HA HA. Remember to wrap up warm for those global warming protests. Oh the ironing!!

  19. John Whitman says:

    Anthony said,

    “. . . [this] quote is from 350.org’s founder Bill McKibben, who says:”

    I, as you can tell, am the furthest thing from an activist leader. I’m a writer.

    - – - – - – -

    Bill McKibben,

    I have applied a remedy to your quote as follows:

    I, as you can tell, am the furthest thing from an [effectively communicating] activist leader. I’m [also] a [really anticlimactic] writer.

    John

  20. rogerknights says:

    I, as you can tell, am the furthest thing from an activist leader. I’m a writer.

    I heard him speaking on a segment of NPR’s “This American Life.” It was a clip from his speech to an audience. What he meant by it was that he has no charisma (or “presence”) and has a poor speaking voice.

  21. Bruce Cobb says:

    They may not be much like al-Qaeda, but I’m sure al-Qaeda appreciates what the carbon cultists do for them.

  22. Jimbo says:

    pinroot says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Who was that guy that started the environmental activist organization 350.org? Hmmm…

    That’s right. And they never fly as they fight to tackle ‘climate change’.

    “Now the tour is going global — first to Australia, then to New Zealand, Fiji, and beyond!”
    http://maths.350.org/

    OHHHHHHH and what’s this Anthony?????

    Bill McKibben – Founder, 350.org
    Summary
    Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. In 1988, he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board at 350.org, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world.
    http://350.org/en/bill

  23. Jimbo says:

    Ohhhhh and what’s this?

    Oil and Honey
    The Education of an Unlikely Activist
    Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben recounts the personal and global story of the fight to build and preserve a sustainable planet
    http://www.billmckibben.com/oilandhoney.html
    ——————
    Step It Up 2007 has been described as the largest day of protest about climate change in the nation’s history. A guide to help people initiate environmental activism in their community coming out of the Step It Up 2007 experience entitled Fight Global Warming Now was published in October 2007 and a second day of action on climate change was held the following November 3.
    http://www.billmckibben.com/bio.html

    Bill McKibben is not an activist or a leader of any sort. /sarc

  24. noaaprogrammer says:

    350.org — 10 degrees short of a complete zero.

  25. CodeTech says:

    I’ll just Godwin up this thread by pointing out that “AUTHOR” was the occupation listed for one Adolf Hitler for the entire time he was blitzkrieging his way across Europe.

  26. johanna says:

    Steve Milloy flagged this article on junkscience.com on the day it was published. It is full of juicy quotes illustrating McKibben’s looniness. A particular favourite of mine:

    “I’m confident this movement will continue to grow and reshape things. I’m not completely confident it will happen in the time frame that physics allows us. That’s why it’s a really interesting contest, and a contest with by far the highest stakes that human beings have ever played for. Ever. ”

    Wow!

  27. Gary Pearse says:

    In photos like this, you can tell the naive useful idiots by the carnival smiles on their faces. You can round this kind of crowd up from any university, especially students who don’t have a demanding curriculum in their field. In Montreal last year, student protests paralyzed downtown, shutting down most of the university departments for months. I was managing an industry project at the engineering physics department of the Ecole Polytechnique at the University of Montreal and worried that we would be missing deadlines, etc. When I got to the University, I found the engineering folks and science faculties all busy at their work. Probably other serious faculties were also at work.

    It’s definitely the cotton candy departments that supply and probably incite their students to take an opportunity to be “useful”. The fact that guys like McKibben surround themselves with such unquestioning mannikins speaks oodles about the cynicism and emptiness of the movement.

  28. Jeff Alberts says:

    “I, as you can tell, am the furthest thing from an activist leader. I’m a [science fiction] writer. ”

    There, fixed.

  29. Bill Jamison says:

    Wow he really is delusional if he thinks the Arab Spring was non-violent!
    Wikipedia has an estimate of over 120,000 deaths. Bill McKibben is as out of touch on the Arab Spring as he is about climate change.

  30. Mycroft says:

    beat to me it, Jeff Alberts!

  31. Paul Mackey says:

    Hillarious photo – here they are all protesting about global warming, wrapped up in furs and duvets against the cold.

  32. Jeff Alberts says:

    Mycroft says:
    August 1, 2013 at 4:34 am

    beat to me it, Jeff Alberts!

    Glad to be of service! ;)

  33. jeremyp99 says:

    I would say that McDrivel, Leandowski, Hansen and Ehrlich are all personality disordered, with a good splash of Narcissism in there.

  34. Chad Wozniak says:

    Unfortunately, narcissists have a way of attracting a following . . . [snip]
    I’d be curious to know what sort of correlation there is between diagnosable narcissism and global warming alarmism. Plenty, I would guess.

  35. Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7 says:

    If I refer to Bill McKibben as the Al Sharpton of climate change will I be sued? And if so, which one is going to claim he has been defamed by comparison to the other? Maybe both?

  36. ghl says:

    Hanson and McGibbon both have that sociopath’s smirk, the glee at doing their thing.

  37. Zeke says:

    In order to analyse this properly, you must consider what the speaker was thinking as he used the words, not what you thought he meant by the words he used.

    For example, he may have been thinking, “I wouldn’t call myself an activist, or even an advocate. What I am engaged in is economic warfare on the US.”

    So, Bill McKibben’s statement that he is “not an activist” could in fact be qualified as truthful self-reporting. ;) :D You know, for a progressive.

  38. 4TimesAYear says:

    What’s frightening is all those people behind him that believe the climate nonsense….

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