'Weepy' Bill McKibben steps down as Chairman of 350.org


Eric Worrall writes:

Weepy Bill McKibben has announced that he is stepping down from his position as chairman of 350.org

According to The Guardian interview;

“I’m stepping down as chair of the board at 350.org to become what we’re calling a ‘senior advisor’. I will stay on as an active member of the board, and 90% of my daily work will stay the same, since it’s always involved the external work of campaigning, not the internal work of budgets and flow charts. I’m not standing down from that work, or stepping back, or walking away.”

Apparently racking up the air miles, in his battle to stop the rest of us from flying, has taken its toll.

“The constant travel of the last seven years has helped a little, I hope, to build this movement, but I’m ready for a bit more order in my life. Don’t worry—I’ll still be there when the time comes to go to jail, or to march in the streets, or to celebrate the next big win on divestment. But I’d like to see more of my wife.”

Enjoy your semi-retirement Bill – we shall always remember you as the guy who helped us to understand, that environmental activism is what people do, when they can’t figure out a plausible way to pose as a member of a persecuted minority. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/10/17/the-global-warming-cause-one-mans-substitute-for-victimhood/

The background on the “weepy” label comes from Climate Progress in 2009, at the Copenhagen conference. Bill McKibben wrote on December 14, 2009:

This afternoon I sobbed for an hour, and I’m still choking a little. I got to Copenhagen’s main Lutheran Cathedral just before the start of a special service designed to mark the conference underway for the next week. It was jammed, but I squeezed into a chair near the corner. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, gave the sermon; Desmond Tutu read the Psalm. Both were wonderful.

But my tears started before anyone said a word. As the service started, dozens choristers from around the world carried three things down the aisle and to the altar: pieces of dead coral bleached by hot ocean temperatures; stones uncovered by retreating glaciers; and small, shriveled ears of corn from drought-stricken parts of Africa. As I watched them go by, all I could think of was the people I’ve met in the last couple of years traveling the world: the people living in the valleys where those glaciers are disappearing, and the people downstream who have no backup plan for where their water is going to come from. The people who live on the islands surrounded by that coral, who depend on the reefs for the fish they eat, and to protect their homes from the waves. And the people, on every corner of the world, dealing with drought and flood, already unable to earn their daily bread in the places where their ancestors farmed for generations.

Those damned shriveled ears of corn. I’ve done everything I can think of, and millions of people around the world have joined us at 350.org in the most international campaign there ever was. But I just sat there thinking: It’s not enough. We didn’t do enough. I should have started earlier. People are dying already; people are sitting tonight in their small homes trying to figure out how they’re going to make the maize meal they have stretch far enough to fill the tummies of the kids sitting there waiting for dinner. And that’s with 390 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere. The latest numbers from the computer jockeys at Climate Interactive“”a collaboration of Sustainability Institute, Sloan School of Management at MIT, and Ventana Systems, is that if all the national plans now on the table were adopted the planet in 2100 would have an atmosphere with 770 parts per million CO2. What then for coral, for glaciers, for corn. I didn’t do enough.

I cried all the harder a few minutes later when the great cathedral bell began slowly tolling 350 times. At the same moment, thousands of churches across Europe began ringing their bells the same 350 times. And in other parts of the world””from the bottom of New Zealand to the top of Greenland, Christendom sounded the alarm. And not just Christendom. In New York rabbis were blowing the shofar 350 times. We had pictures rolling in from the weekend’s vigil, from places like Dhahran in Saudi Arabia, where girls in burkas were forming human 350s, and from Bahrain, and from Amman.

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December 4, 2014 5:44 am

Are you sure this isn’t a Friday Funny 🙂

Reply to  Stacey
December 4, 2014 5:47 am

Maybe, but the funnies don’t usually make me want to throw up.

Jimmy Haigh.
Reply to  Dave
December 4, 2014 7:48 am

That was the effect it had on me too.

Ray Boorman
Reply to  Dave
December 4, 2014 8:22 pm

Yes, Bill is a sickening individual alright. The world is in a very sorry state when it listens to the crap put out by Mckibben, Gore, Mann, Jones, etc, etc.

Reply to  Stacey
December 4, 2014 8:35 am

Yeah, I was wondering too – McKibben – more creepy than weepy…
McKibben and bits?

Reply to  Jeff
December 5, 2014 9:55 pm

Something tells me there’s more to this story. Like he’s hiding some deeply embarrassing episode or activity that might soon leak out. Of course there’s nothing like a world-class hypocrite. He says he’s tired of all the travel. All that travel made possible by fossil fuels. Or did he ride his bike everywhere?

Reply to  Stacey
December 4, 2014 1:53 pm

Steyn has a write about his response to climategate 5 years ago where he referred to the then upcoming Copenhagen shakindownen.
My how things have changed.

Reply to  Stacey
December 4, 2014 4:09 pm

He’d like to see more of his wife. That could go in several directions … He’s not doing so badly, really, as a bloke who once labored well in the vineyard as the “Talk Of The Town” columnist for The New Yorker. He felt his pure science training was going to waste. Wait .. Liberal Arts, Journalism … never mind.

Bruce Cobb
December 4, 2014 5:49 am

We can just call him Chairman Wah.

Harry Passfield
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
December 4, 2014 9:26 am

I’m only amazed he didn’t get the Archbishop of Canterbury to bow to him 350 times! The man is shameless in his self-belief and self-importance.

Gary Pearse
December 4, 2014 5:51 am

“…. choristers from around the world carried three things down the aisle and to the altar: pieces of dead coral bleached by hot ocean temperatures; stones uncovered by retreating glaciers….”
At first I thought he said ‘tree rings’. Man this reads like a flash back to an Inca ceremony. Yeah, they believe all this stuff and it is driving them crazy.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
December 4, 2014 6:21 am

A dead Polar Bear puppy would be also handy. Stuffed would ideally be more practical.

Reply to  Tim
December 4, 2014 7:15 am

cub not puppy, I think

Reply to  Gary Pearse
December 4, 2014 2:39 pm

I’m sorry, but what is that crap doing in a church? It’s not the church of GAIA, after all, no matter what
his AL’ness wants it to be….

Password protected
December 4, 2014 5:54 am

Dead coral, shrivelled corn and rocks on an alter?
Weirdest religion I’ve ever heard of (almost).
These people are whacked.

Reply to  Password protected
December 4, 2014 10:22 am

Indeed. There is a noticeable degree of pure insanity in his words.

Reply to  Brute
December 4, 2014 3:42 pm

A degree?

Reply to  Password protected
December 4, 2014 6:08 pm

I don’t know if I’d agree with you there. The Catholic Church is famous for its use of relics, such as “a piece of the one true cross”, “a nail from the cross”, “a thorn from the crown of thorns”, “a vial of blood from a martyr”.
How, really, is this any different? In both cases, these artifacts are physical “evidence” that are supposed to make us feel guilty, and thus more compliant with the wishes of our moral superiors.

December 4, 2014 5:56 am

“.. But I’d like to see more of my wife.”; hope he’s check whether his wife would like to see more of him.

Reply to  Phaedo
December 4, 2014 6:01 am

I bet her boyfriend’s gonna be pissed…

Warren in New Zealand
Reply to  LeeHarvey
December 4, 2014 7:59 pm


Bill Jones
Reply to  Phaedo
December 5, 2014 3:43 pm

Tell her to dump the Burqa then

M Courtney
December 4, 2014 5:59 am

I’ll still be there when the time comes to go to jail,… But I’d like to see more of my wife.

I’m not sure he’s thought this through.

Reply to  M Courtney
December 4, 2014 6:07 am


Reply to  M Courtney
December 4, 2014 7:16 am

If we could get him well questioned under oath, and get 350.org throuroughly audited, I am sure he would get that time he so richly deserves.

Reply to  hunter
December 4, 2014 9:30 am

I sincerely doubt we could “get him well” at all. 🙂

Jason Calley
Reply to  M Courtney
December 4, 2014 8:29 am

Is there a Bubba McKibben?

Gunga Din
Reply to  M Courtney
December 4, 2014 2:06 pm

“Thinking things though” doesn’t seem to be business as usual with him.

December 4, 2014 6:01 am

I get a bit weepy, myself, when I think of what must have happened to those Arabian girls after the cameras were turned off.
Bill, you’re a twit.

Greg Woods
Reply to  LeeHarvey
December 4, 2014 7:21 am

I guess Weepy Willy has never been to Saudi Arabia.
‘We had pictures rolling in from the weekend’s vigil, from places like Dhahran in Saudi Arabia, where girls in burkas were forming human 350s’
Dhahran is an closed and gated ex-pat community supporting Aramco (that’s oil with a big O). I worked and lived there for 15 years. Never saw a burka there. What Saudi women there were wore western clothes. Maybe the clinic had a few, but I didn’t hang out there too much.
I think Weepy should go back to underwater basket weaving.

December 4, 2014 6:01 am

“Won’t somebody think of the children?” (TM)
“It’s much worse than we thought” (TM)

December 4, 2014 6:03 am

Madder than a box of frogs.

December 4, 2014 6:07 am

He can be “recycled” in this role!

Reply to  Simon Filiatrault (@SimonFili)
December 4, 2014 8:09 pm

Anyone who believes that humans are a “disease” should begin by killing himself.

December 4, 2014 6:08 am

Why no tears for the millions suffering because they have no electricity to improve their lives?

Reply to  Gary
December 4, 2014 7:07 am

Because , at its root, environmentalism is based on contempt, hatred of people . Environmentalists are elitists. Just as the royalty of olde considered peasants as cannon fodder, as undeserving, as refuse in quasi-human form, that were placed on this earth to serve them, enviros today believe the same.
You see this when the self anointed enviros travel about in private planes, gas guzzling SUVs, own 3 or more homes, vacation on MASSIVE YACHTS, and enjoy lifestyles of the rich and famous, etc., while DEMANDING that society- that would be us, the peasants- be PROHIBITED- from enjoying or attaining the same. Only the elitist enviros are allowed to enjoy these material luxuries.
The Royalty and aristocracy of olde has become the environmental movement of today; a movement that strives for a society of, by and for the ruling elites.
All through human history a class of people have considered themselves better, smarter, more deserving -and thus ENTITLED TO RULE- over the great unwashed masses.
In the 20th century, these elitists hitched onto the wagons of communism and facism to impose their will. The evil offspring of these monstrous ideologies is environmentalism.
Hope this answers your question.

Reply to  JohnTyler
December 4, 2014 7:30 am

Tyler: Me thinks you are using a rather broad brush to “tar” all environmentalists. There are some environmentalists who genuinely care for the environment and work to clean up their local and regional environments targeting poor environmental practices. Not all are “rabid” activists. Lets have a little respect for those that really are trying to protect the environment by doing useful work and who are not screaming about rising sea levels and elevated CO2 levels.

Reply to  JohnTyler
December 4, 2014 8:08 am

I’ve seen none of these fictitious people in eco-loon leadership.
Do you know of any such environmentalist leaders or are they all eco-loons as I believe?
I don’t see many sane ones.

Reply to  JohnTyler
December 4, 2014 10:28 am

Actually, greymouser70 has a point. If you look into it, Green is clearly a scam, especially on their own troops.

Reply to  JohnTyler
December 6, 2014 10:47 am

JTyler: exactly. Now, we can begin to understand one of their main strategies for curing poverty: pressure the governments of dark-skinned people’s nations to secure their “human rights” of access to abortion and birth control.
Wrap it in “science.” for example, the extensive efforts to detect the slim negative health effect of having more babies, or babies more frequently, then the alternative. There ya go – now having babies is deleterious to your health!
The fewer of “them,” the better.

Reply to  Gary
December 4, 2014 6:21 pm

“Why no tears for the millions suffering because they have no electricity”.
The real irony is that agricultural productivity is sharply up because of CO2 induced fertilization. The truth is that ears of corn are bigger because of CO2, not smaller.

Dr. Bob
December 4, 2014 6:09 am

Couldn’t help think of Bruce Willis and this line:

Seems appropriate.

Reply to  Dr. Bob
December 4, 2014 9:07 am

It does. The basis of current eco-green ideology is that the world cannot sustain a first world living standard for the numbers present, that consumption to create and maintain that standard will both deplete the resources available and, through environmental destruction, destroy the very things we need to sustain life on the planet. Since Robert Kennedy Jr. said at that New York march that he doesn’t believe the enviro-changes needed will mean standards of living must fall for Americans (or rich Americans, anyway), he, speaking for “they”, must mean that fewer of us must exist if a first world standard of living is to be universal. But we know that the damn human drive is to make more humans. So an external force must be brought into the equation.
If not machines, then Kennedy Drones, snipping and blocking and …. well, too dreadful to think outside of a sanitized board room.

December 4, 2014 6:12 am

Wither 350.org? Or whither 350.org?
Wasn’t there a group dedicated to keeping AGW below 2 C°? I can’t find it on Google, too many hits on the subject. If there was one, perhaps 350.org stole all their thunder.
I did come across http://www.newsweek.com/lima-climate-talks-2-degree-warming-limit-thing-past-288274 which at first I thought was an acknowledgement it wasn’t happening on schedule, but I read:

… the negotiators’ objective is to stave off atmospheric warming of 4 to 10 degrees by the end of the century, at which point, experts say, Earth may “become increasingly uninhabitable.”

Chris D.
Reply to  Ric Werme
December 4, 2014 8:42 am

You might be confusing it with the 450ppm thing that Joe Romm was pushing a while back(?):

December 4, 2014 6:32 am

“…dozens choristers from around the world carried three things down the aisle and to the altar: pieces of dead coral bleached by hot ocean temperatures; stones uncovered by retreating glaciers; and small, shriveled ears of corn from drought-stricken parts of Africa.”
That’s REAL voodoo science!

Reply to  ConTrari
December 4, 2014 7:20 am

Actually, that was what it looked like, but it was really just takeout from McDonalds

December 4, 2014 6:48 am

As the CAGW bandwagon wheels fall off, Weepy is cautiously repositioning himself to hop onto the next bandwagon. These opportunist types never let a crisis, real or imagined go to waste. There are quite a few who frequent here, and they are getting quite nervous, worrying how much longer the bi-weekly feed for the trough will be maintained.

Shawn from High River
December 4, 2014 7:02 am

Wow this guy believes hes Schindler from Schindlers list or something? We could have done more “sob”

December 4, 2014 7:05 am

The bandwagon has already arrived: protesting on behalf of people who resist arrest and then are killed by cops.
They want our cities to burn to the ground. Literally, not metaphorically, All the global warmists are now industriously working at this new even more delightful project.

December 4, 2014 7:06 am

Weepy Bill McKibbon now has genuine cause for weeping, a victim of the heinous hiatus, which has now caused a hiatus in loot for poor Bill.
“Senior Advisor” = the fellow whose advice has gotten old.

Reply to  mpainter
December 4, 2014 10:31 am

Sadly, no. In this case, “senior advisor” means charging more for the same amount of nothing.

December 4, 2014 7:13 am

The price of maize would not be so high if it wasn’t for ethanol

December 4, 2014 7:19 am

Bill McKibben is the poster boy for the saying: Environmentalist lie, poor people die.

Reply to  hunter
December 4, 2014 9:33 am

Has anyone ever seen him and James Carville in the same place at the same time?
it’s eerie ain’t it?

Reply to  Aphan
December 4, 2014 10:46 am

1. No
2. Yes, indeed!
However, I’ve never seen Carville weep openly. More study needed. Send money.

Reply to  Aphan
December 4, 2014 1:16 pm

Uh-oh, Aphan. There you have it and on national TV. You may be on to something that the Climate Cabal wants to keep quiet. Keep an eye on the sky for black helicopters, and those traffic cameras? They are watching you ;o)

December 4, 2014 7:19 am

Surprised he didn’t mention in 2009 the private jet, the $3000 hotel room and shrimp the size of chicken legs at one of the many cocktail parties Im sure he attended.

Reply to  Scott
December 4, 2014 10:33 am

It would be interesting to actually get the data on these expenses widely distributed out in the open.

December 4, 2014 7:35 am

770ppm of CO2 by 2100 eh? I thought it was “a doubling of CO2 from pre industrial times” or 560ppm that we were supposed to be worried about. I suppose 770ppm would be consistent for a 2C rise on a CO2/temperature graph that cited the CO2’s contribution to the alleged 33C of total greenhousyness to be 9%, but doesn’t help much if we use the 26% end of the “settled science” where the highly logarithmic graph makes it impossible to ever reach an extra 2C.
The down side of the 9% linear model of course is that, although it makes the predicted temperature rises theoretically possible it makes the Ice Age completely impossible!

Reply to  wickedwenchfan
December 4, 2014 7:43 am

Scroll down to “Greenhouse Gasses” to understand what Im talking about. Plot graph from zero CO2 and any calculation of theoretical temperature by multiplying 33C by your percentage of choice from the variables 9%-26%. Use today’s temperature/CO2 and pre industrial temp/CO2 to mark fixed points on graph, then draw your mathematical line through the points and into the future!

chris moffatt
December 4, 2014 7:42 am

While prospecting in Labrador about forty years ago I picked up some stones that had been uncovered by retreating glaciers – about twelve thousand years ago. Wonder how old the bleached coral was……

December 4, 2014 7:42 am

Bill is not so dumb – he knows which way the wind is blowing politically.
He doesn’t want to be in the spotlight when his flagship cause fails and Keystone gets the go-ahead.
His agenda to reduce the world’s population to 350 people is not in tune with the politics of the moment in the USA, thank God.

Louis Hooffstetter
Reply to  phlogiston
December 4, 2014 5:38 pm

Yep. Even this dipstick sees the handwriting on the wall.
We will know good science has prevailed when the climate witch doctors simply fade away.
Fade away weepy Bill, fade away…and good riddance.
Another one bites the dust!

December 4, 2014 7:43 am

If only you morons hadn’t conned the government to force the farmers and food processors in the “breadbasket of the world” to burn millions of metric tons of maize every year thereby making it impossible “…to make the maize meal they have stretch far enough to fill the tummies of the kids sitting there waiting for dinner.”
Bill, you should be weepy, your misguided ignorance quite literally kills millions every year who could have safe, comfortable, healthy lives were it not for the hubris of people like you forcing policies that keep these people in the Stone Age…

December 4, 2014 7:48 am

Bill has to start a new group, 450.org for obvious reasons.

Scottish Sceptic
Reply to  mikerestin
December 4, 2014 8:08 am

450 months till the Arctic’s free of ice and kids don’t know what snow is?

December 4, 2014 7:54 am

CO2 doesn’t really cause CAGW it causes CARW (that’d be regional warming).
I wonder what the temperature curve looks like for each individual thermometer?
Is there a site with each separate piece of data already plotted? (uncorrected of course)

December 4, 2014 7:54 am

Goodbye, but I sincerely doubt, good riddance

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  c1ue
December 4, 2014 1:33 pm

He isn’t saying good-bye. Read the article again. He’s just hiring some schlub to do the grunt work of administrative tasks while he still jets around the globe having a grand ol’ time and lectures us about how wasteful we are. Nice work if you can get it.

Bruce Richardson
December 4, 2014 7:56 am

“As I watched them go by, all I could think of was the people I’ve met in the last couple of years traveling the world: the people living in the valleys where those glaciers are disappearing, and the people downstream who have no backup plan for where their water is going to come from.”
Their water source is the melting glaciers. The glaciers are “disappearing” because they are melting. If they want them to stop melting, then they need to be hoping that current interglacial period will end.

December 4, 2014 7:59 am

I’m guessing that 350.org revenue is down because some of the donors/funders aren’t getting the return on investment that they expect. To me, this appears to be an attempt at face-saving while coping with a reduced budget. I’m sure Bill has the rent and 3 squares/day still covered, but air travel might have been squeezed out.
Wait up! Santa only uses his sleigh one night a year. Maybe Weepy Bill could borrow Santa’s ride now and then for air travel, that is if a flying sleigh drawn by eight reindeer is considered green transportation. If money is tight, Bill can offer to put in some time on the toy assembly line for a few rides. Win-win.
(Hey! At WUWT, we’re always here to help.)

Scottish Sceptic
Reply to  H.R.
December 4, 2014 8:07 am

That’s about it – the fossil fuel companies no longer see any need to dollop money on these green terrorists.

Reply to  H.R.
December 4, 2014 11:20 am

The Reindeer died because the North Pole melted…right?

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  H.R.
December 4, 2014 11:57 am

I suspect 350.org is under financial duress. The McKibben departure will allow the board and a new president to quietly wind it down, rather than collapse in a PR disaster for the Green Cause. McKibben probably ran 350.org in a similar reckless disregard for cashflow as how fellow Progressive Jon Corzine destroyed MF Global.
Much money from Green investors was put into groups like 350.org, and they got a negative return on that investment. These groups are so closely tied to the Obama Administration and his EPA, and now anything Obama is becoming toxic. In the run up to the 2016 election, it si clear that Hillary and her supporters will have to throw Team Obama under the bus. So it’s best to get a far away from the coming Democrat melee.

Reply to  H.R.
December 4, 2014 3:19 pm

Believe me, if you are a Diamond Class traveler (1 Million Miles+), you get a lot of perks.
Like 11 miles for every mile you fly.
So a round trip to South Africa from the States @ 18K miles gets you 198K frequent flyer miles.
Plus you get double that by paying with the correct Credit Card.
Flying anything other than business/first class is for the little people…

Reply to  H.R.
December 4, 2014 8:14 pm

It would certainly make transportation “greener” if Santa would release some of the technology that sleigh must have hidden in it. Like the faster-than-light drive, or the gadget that lets him stuff tons and tons of toys into a bag less than two meters across. Or even the magic beam that opens a polynya for him whenever he needs to take off or land at his home.

G. Karst
December 4, 2014 8:13 am

I love the way he describes himself and his qualifications to pontificate.

– chair of the board at 350.org
– ‘senior advisor’
– always involved the external work of campaigning
– I hope, to build this movement
– I’ll still be there when the time comes to go to jail, or to march in the streets

Wish we could skip it all and go straight to the part where we find him weeping in Jail. GK

December 4, 2014 8:17 am

What a big girls blouse.

December 4, 2014 8:18 am

I would love to see the job application form for his replacement
Where do you see yourself in five years (jail, bail or fail)
Which famous climate fraud would you invite to dinner and why ?
List any three climate alarmist predictions that have come true (optional. no penalty for leaving blank)

Reply to  EternalOptimist
December 5, 2014 6:34 am

Good one.

December 4, 2014 8:31 am

“As I watched them go by, all I could think of was the people I’ve met in the last couple of years traveling the world… But I just sat there thinking: It’s not enough. We didn’t do enough. I should have started earlier.”
They didn’t “do enough” what? Traveling the world? How would that have helped? Had they “started earlier” to increase their carbon footprint, what good would that have done? Perhaps if they had practiced what they preached and shown that they actually believed what they said about reducing CO2, people might have taken them more seriously. But traveling the world is so much more fun.

Reply to  Louis
December 6, 2014 10:58 am

this is what I say: this is a virtue cult.
the insiders are a special few who have received the insider information.
just like any cult.
the rest of the world has to be framed as ‘the bad guy,’ not just a bunch of unconcerned.
just like a cult.
doomsday scenario.
just like a cult.
thought-blockers to fend off the arguments that tear down the impending-doom logic.
just like a cult.

Mickey Reno
December 4, 2014 8:45 am

“small, shriveled ears of corn from drought-stricken parts of Africa” willl love a little extra CO2 in the air. It will help them grow larger and make them more resistant to drought.
Where do you think the unexplained extra CO2 is going, Bill? The plants are eating it. And we’ll all be better off for it.

Steve Oregon
December 4, 2014 8:50 am

Like so many others his iconship is a fool who’s primary weapon is incessant lying.
His cause is so great he wears mendacity as a badge of honor.
He is above any possible shame and demonstrative of how people like him will never accept that anything is wrong with their beliefs, science or tactics.
…..just because….
Bill McKibbens 350.org anthem
“This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…
es it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…
Sing along….

John W. Garrett
December 4, 2014 8:58 am

McKibben is a genuine nutter.

December 4, 2014 9:07 am

770.ORG….Has a ring to it. I can jet set around the world extolling the virtues of CO2! First stop, Hawaii where, you know, they measure the stuff where I can also snorkel Hanama Bay all day in search or coral bleaching. Then on to France, where I will drink fine wine, hug fine French women and espouse the benefits of CO2 for grape production.
Next stop, the Bahamas, where I’ll board a large, expensive yacht teaming with topless beauties, encouraging the owner’s CO2 belching ways. A small tear will develop, almost imperceptibly, as I recieve graciously recieve another Margarita from Marie, as I realize the great good I am bestowing upon my world by my munificent acts.

Reply to  Grant
December 4, 2014 4:08 pm

666.org 🙂

Bubba Cow
December 4, 2014 9:21 am

I actually tried to reason with this dufus about a year ago. We both live in Vermont where our Governor has appointed a “Public Service Board” (more bad language tricks) who determined that dynamiting our ridgelines and installing industrial pinwheels is our solution to CAGW. Expect they’ll be at it again as soon as any subsidies resume.
From Billy –
“it is a hard call–for me, we need to do some of everything we can, to make up for the fact that as westerners we’ve poured so much carbon into the atmosphere and made life so impossible for the rest of the world; at the moment we think 400k people a year die of the effects of climate change. but i understand the reluctance around wind; i’d not like it near me, but i’ve had more direct contact with this crisis than most people, and i am of course glad to see the environmental impulse at work to protect our ridgelines, even if in this case i think the emergency we’re in outweighs it”
So I shared some data with him about Global Warming over last 15-20 years. He bailed. Please, not the facts!
Last summer, I believe it was, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund merged 350.org and 1sky.org and finished co-opting Billy and then sent him out crusading. He doesn’t even realize that his posturing is helping them move from others coal to their gas and oil.
Over 1 million to 1sky and Billy
Sad. Or maybe his hands have been dirty all along. He didn’t earn his professorship, like many of us did. It was gifted to Middlebury along with the Environmental Writing Program by the Schumann Family. He’s a “distinguished scholar”.
Feel free to send him a few Terabytes of data. He’s not picky. Any data will do.

Reply to  Bubba Cow
December 4, 2014 10:48 am

” at the moment we think 400k people a year die of the effects of climate change”
Strange that the climate is also allowing the world’s population to increase 1.4 million per week.

Michael 2
Reply to  Bubba Cow
December 4, 2014 11:21 am

I’ve explored the beaver ponds (Steam Mill Road then Natural Turnpike north to South Lincoln) and mountains east from Middlebury. It is an amazingly beautiful and relatively untouched landscape. Going there in autumn is incredible.

Bubba Cow
Reply to  Michael 2
December 4, 2014 12:06 pm

Glad you enjoyed whats left. Come all the way up to the Northeast Kingdom and visit the Wind “Farms”. The infrasound vibrations are driving families from their homes. Visit Bill, if he isn’t in jail – or visit him in jail. Take in a hot air speech by Bernie.
When we moved here 25 years ago, it was truly special – and most of it still is. But, that is no longer the agenda.

Reply to  Bubba Cow
December 4, 2014 11:40 am

Thanks for the link, Bubba.
I searched on 350.org and found that the funding from RFB Foundation decreased $50,000 from 2013 to 2014. I didn’t see any money for 2015, although some money may be awarded in 2015. Then again, maybe not.

Michael 2
Reply to  Bubba Cow
December 4, 2014 1:19 pm

It was about 25 years ago that I visited Vermont several times. A friend of mine was attending Middlebury college becoming a hard rock geologist. So of course we went walking along streambeds while he described the significance of various rocks.

December 4, 2014 9:59 am

Poor poor Bill,
He claimed he is so sad that the africans are starving after doing everything he could to starve them to death. The tears just won’t stop.
But his tears are a poor replacement for the water that coal powered electricity generated irrigation would have provided. In addition the food and medication distribution and preservation, lighting, air conditioning, and infrastructure development that he worked so tirelessly and successfully to prevent in Africa. Countless lives lost, political turmoil stirred, disease incubated, crops failed because Bill McKibbon lobbied to prevent the World Bank from investing in cost effective (coal powered) energy development in Africa.
Keep crying Bill.
But I can’t help but think he is actually shedding tears of not-so-secret joy at the destruction and death he has wrought for the cause of “Global Warming.”

December 4, 2014 10:05 am


December 4, 2014 10:41 am

“millions of people around the world have joined us at 350.org”
More than once The Guardian has done a 350 slide show on its big day each year. The photos of the gatherings are usually tightly cropped to disguise the fact that there are barely a dozen people demonstrating in most places. The only wide shot one year showed the main square of a Scandinavian country – can’t remember which one – where it was impossible to distinguish between 350 demonstrators and the oblivious general public going about their business, although there were clearly vastly more of the latter.
One might assume that 350 was the number of supporters they could only dream about having in most major cities.

December 4, 2014 10:44 am

He did accomplish something important. He showed that actors do have a place in advocacy, in case Hollywood declines further.

December 4, 2014 10:57 am

I’ll still be there when the time comes to go to jail, or to march in the streets…

Please don’t tell me he is comparing himself to Martin Luther King. What a nauseating thought. The only thing McKibben might go to jail for is tax invasion and the only thing he would march for is donations.
His career is a good study in who is more delusional, McKibben or the societies or the groups within a society that could ever value him as a leader.

Tom J
December 4, 2014 11:49 am

I suspect he’s gitten’ while the gitten’s good. CO2 is edging on, if it’s not already climbing past, 400ppm. An organization with the moniker, ‘350.org’, is, like, so last year, dude. To keep the funds raining in he’s gotta’ be relevant.

Mark from the Midwest
December 4, 2014 12:11 pm

“Sustainable” to McRib is code for a “consistent source of funding so that I can go out and obtain more consistent sources of funding.”

December 4, 2014 12:34 pm

Bill might be “in denial”…
4 Dec: The Conversation UK: Why climate change experts and activists might be in denial themselves
by Steffen Bohm, Professor in Management and Sustainability, and Director, Essex Sustainability Institute at University of Essex and Aanka Batta, Lecturer in Marketing at Uni of Essex
Disclosure Statement
Steffen Bohm has received funding from the ESRC, British Academy, the East of England Cooperative Society and the Green Light Trust.
Recent meetings have failed to make significant progress. Yet, this year there are high hopes that the US-China climate deal and the New York UN Climate Summit will allow Lima to provide a stepping stone for a binding emissions agreement at next year’s meeting in Paris.
However, even if a deal can be reached – despite the urgent need for it – there is no guarantee that global greenhouse gas emissions will actually come down significantly and dangerous climate change can be averted. Psychoanalytic theory provides disturbing insights into why this may be so – and it is all to do with the split psychological make-up of those who work at the forefront of climate science, policy and activism…
Vested interests such as the Koch brothers in the US and other conservative forces have cleverly exploited this unconscious response by supporting a small group of scientists, politicians and think tanks to spread the message of climate scepticism and denial.
This stuff works. Climate denial is undoubtedly on the rise, particularly in those media-saturated markets of North America, Europe and Australia. The Kochs and others are clearly filling a psychological void…
***This is also true for those climate experts who fly around the world, going from one global climate change summit to the next. The very carbon emissions associated with their work can be seen as part of a denial strategy.
In fact, one could argue that those who are very close to the reality of climate change are particularly prone to a need to split their identity. The knowledge they have, and the images they have seen, might unconsciously lead them to the above-mentioned counter-balancing and coping behaviours. Not a good omen for the latest round of climate talks in Peru.

michael hart
December 4, 2014 12:54 pm

“I’ll still be there when the time comes to go to jail…”
That’s the spirit!
There’s a few other names I would like to see making us that promise.

Walt S
December 4, 2014 12:57 pm

45 days of semi-retirement before Obama appoints him as “Keystone XL Czar?”

Otter (ClimateOtter on Twitter)
December 4, 2014 1:11 pm

Bet he got a Grand Golden Parachute!

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  Otter (ClimateOtter on Twitter)
December 6, 2014 3:17 am
Alan Robertson
December 4, 2014 1:34 pm

Don’t worry—I’ll still be there when the time comes to go to jail…
The sooner, the better.

Kurt in Switzerland
December 4, 2014 1:35 pm

Hilarious! Thank you for that.
McKibbenses are such a tremendous source of comic relief. Shouldn’t there be a Josh cartoon on that ceremony in the Lutheran AGW Shamanistic Church? Should Weepy Bill form an order, say, the 350’cans? Burlap capes, devotees must bow to the UN Green Climat Fund in Incheon, S Korea (somewhere to the East) 350x per day.
Exorcise Keystone XL demons.
But the offerings of dried coral, glacial moraine stones and withered corn are precious!
Kurt in Switzerland

Jim G
December 4, 2014 1:48 pm

Regarding Mr. McKibben, as Winston Churchhill once said of one of his associates, “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

Mark Johnson
December 4, 2014 1:49 pm

Too bad, the Copenhagen Cathedral or Church of Our Lady is a really beautiful place. Is McKibben an atheist?

John in Oz
December 4, 2014 2:15 pm

Perhaps ‘weepy’ could appear at Peter Spencer’s currently running court case (in Oz) whereby 80% of his farming land has been deemed a carbon sink, hence he cannot produce food on it.

December 4, 2014 3:09 pm

Maybe you should just delete 350.org from the internet. That would be helpful as skeptics need more internet space.

sleepingbear dunes
December 4, 2014 3:12 pm

The guy is nuts

Kon Dealer
December 4, 2014 3:15 pm

Good riddance to bad rubbish.
And the delusional fraudster can take his crocodile tears with him.

James at 48
December 4, 2014 3:55 pm

I actually found his initial book “The Death Of Nature” fairly interesting. After that? Not so much …

Travis Casey
December 4, 2014 4:03 pm

I nominate myself for chairman of 770.org. I want to fly all over the world spreading CO2 far and wide.

December 4, 2014 4:21 pm

Imagine you are on a long ocean voyage that has visited and will visit many ports. One evening you pull in to a port prior to going around the horn, and notice that the fat rats are discreetly walking away on the hawsers. Should you consider waiting for the next ship?

Reply to  otsar
December 4, 2014 11:26 pm

You’d probably hope there is a ship going back to where you came from.

December 4, 2014 4:29 pm

Perhaps when the group meets in Lima, they will come to the realization that they have been following a brightly lit green path.

Janice the Elder
December 4, 2014 5:54 pm

I wonder if the 2000.org website name has been taken . . .

December 4, 2014 7:59 pm

I first came across Bill McKibben in a New Scientist podcast. I only remember it because New Scientist podcasts, while of mixed quality, are at least normally coherent. The topic wasn’t about AGW and I didn’t know anything of McKibben’s background or credentials. The interview consisted of a meandering self indulgent ramble, leaving me baffled as to what he was talking about or why anyone would think it worth interviewing someone who was clearly coming across as a nitwit. The only reason why I remember it, is it left me totally puzzled because it was so bad.

Reply to  Will Nitschke
December 4, 2014 11:38 pm

Background? Qualifications? “Talk Of The Town” columnist for The New Yorker, i.e. society gossip.

December 4, 2014 8:03 pm

December 4, 2014 at 8:08 am Says:
The true environmentalist is focused on restoration of the environment to as close as practicable to it’s natural state, while recognizing that in some situations this is not possible. He/she also tries to see that no further harm to the environment is done by man. By and large these are the unseen/unsung people who do good work. They are not the ones who seek or want the spotlight.

Reply to  greymouser70
December 5, 2014 12:52 am

‘The true environmentalist is focused on restoration of the environment to as close as practicable to it’s natural state, while recognizing that in some situations this is not possible.’
Especially as that land is generally farmed to provide food. It depends on how far back in time you want it to be it’s”natural state”.

December 4, 2014 8:05 pm

mods: can you remove the bold after the word practicable? Thanks

Steve in SC
December 4, 2014 8:13 pm

That picture of McKibben looks just like James Carville.

Warren in New Zealand
December 4, 2014 8:15 pm

I cried all the harder a few minutes later when the great cathedral bell began slowly tolling 350 times. At the same moment, thousands of churches across Europe began ringing their bells the same 350 times. And in other parts of the world””from the bottom of New Zealand
Funny, I live in NZ, didn’t hear a thing, and the “bottom of New Zealand” is called Invercargill, alternatively called the ***hole of New Zealand. Must have been those flatulent sounds you heard Bill

High Treason
December 4, 2014 11:21 pm

Had the misfortune of seeing this fraud in Sydney a while back.I am glad I got the tickets for free- would not have appreciated paying $20 to hear propaganda and faked amateurism.It was not comfortable sitting in a large auditorium with a large number of morons who would believe any crap shoved down their throats.He reminds me of a four year old chucking a tantrum while soiling themselves.

December 4, 2014 11:35 pm

Were those ears of corn shrivelled because of insufficient CO2?

December 5, 2014 8:52 am

So, does Bill McKibben assume God has dispatched prophetic vision to a the consensus of mortal science, so that we will be able to save our OWN existence by our OWN DOING??? How can ANY God-centered faith align itself with this replacement of Deity by Science and raise a group of people up like the Prophets of Baal, demanding sacrifices from the populace?
As for corn, the dawtg farmers of Hooterville appreciate the higher yields from 390ppm.

Reply to  Dawtgtomis
December 5, 2014 10:30 am

I find it ironic that he should be weeping for those who could well help themselves if they weren’t held back by policies founded on guilt trips and greed. Martin Luther would have liked that, but anyone not getting help from fellow-mankind when disaster strikes is a victim of much larger issues before CO2 concentration. People have tough lives when fuel and power is denied until they pay indulgences to the hierarchy.

December 5, 2014 2:41 pm

“I weep for you” McKibben said. “I deeply sympathise”.
With sobs and tears he sorted out his myths and nefarious lies.

December 5, 2014 6:52 pm

At least his carbon footprint will shrink.
Weepy that he won’t be able to cause 2 orders of magnitude more CO2 than developed countries’ citizens, even more than the 3rd worlders.

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