Climate Warrior Bill McKibben Touring Australia

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Climate campaigner Bill McKibben is touring Australia visiting scenic climate hotspots and high end restaurants to encourage people to embrace climate austerity.

Climate activist Bill McKibben still fighting ‘The End of Nature’

By Peter Hannam

9 June 2018 — 12:00am

It’s fitting I meet US climate change campaigner Bill McKibben for our lunch shortly after filing on Sydney smashing its April temperature records, part of the city’s hottest autumn in almost 160 years of records.

McKibben was on his Accelerate Climate Action tour around Australia, arranged by the local arm of the 350.org activist group he founded in 2008.

He arrives for our chat in the sun-soaked Sydney Botanic Gardens Restaurant after a brief side trip to the bleaching-battered Great Barrier Reef, and has his own grim tales to tell.

“It was emotional to be out there on the reef,” he says after we order – a barbecued barramundi shared between us, following an appetiser of chargrilled flat breads.

“We dove first on a spot that was utterly decimated, with 98 per cent mortality. This was on the spot [David Attenborough’s] Blue Planet II had filmed those amazing things about the great spawning of coral,” he tells me.

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-activist-bill-mckibben-still-fighting-the-end-of-nature-20180605-p4zjhd.html

Sadly no pictures of the environmentally friendly wooden coracle McKibben used to travel to Australia.

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Is he still worried a out climate change. It seemed for a while that his heart was now bleeding for shithole puerto rico because they had been so callously abandoned by trump.

hunter

Chaamjamal,
Having lived in PR through end of last year, your characterization of the island incorrect. Having worked their after Maria, you are also wrong about President Trump “callously abandoning” the island.

MarkW

They didn’t get everything they wanted, therefore they have been abandoned.

paqyfelyc

Chaamjamal was just sarcastic about McKibben, and claims that PR was called shithole and abandoned (fake news)

ClimateOtter

You mean Puerto Rico where FEMA is still working and billions have been spent by the Trump administration?

Doug

Yeah, unfortunately PR was not very good at spending money on infrastructure. Hurricanes break stuff of poor quality

hunter

Unenforced building codes, lack of preparation and financial chaos prior to the hurricanes did not help.
But the island and its people are wonderful. PR is an amazing beautiful place, from the fabulous beaches and coast to the mountains.
More dignified and patient through vastly more suffering than anything I had seen before.
And the hospitality and caring were amazing.

Javert Chip

absolutely wonderful stuff I’m sure, except the issue is American (not Puerto Rican) taxpayers are paying for the billions they’re receiving.

Chris

Puerto Ricans pay US taxes.

Craig

Puerto Rico GDP vs US federal spending would suggest that Puerto Rico is taking the piss.
https://pasquines.us/2015/07/22/how-puerto-rico-compares-to-the-states-in-terms-of-federal-spending-and-taxes/

Chris

The US wanted Puerto Rico for strategic reasons. They could’ve negotiated a better $ deal. There are 3 states taking the piss just as much as PR is.

Louis Hooffstetter

“It seemed for a while that his heart was now bleeding for shithole puerto rico because they had been so callously abandoned by trump.”
Yeah, but search Google and Duck Duck Go and you’ll discover that McKibben had nothing to say about the Clintons stealing millions of dollars of aid from poor Haitians after the devastating 2010 earthquake:
https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/07/hillarys-america-secret-history-democratic-party-dinesh-dsouza-clinton-foundation/

Bloke down the pub

“We dove first on a spot that was utterly decimated, with 98 per cent mortality.”

So by pre selecting a site that was known to be damaged he was able to extrapolate for the whole of the GBR. The ‘science’ guy in action.

michel

What is much more serious, he evidently did not understand the meaning of ‘decimated’.

The term originates from the Roman army practice, when a legion which had performed badly beyond explanation would have every tenth man selected and executed.

So if a site is decimated, or rather the species on it are decimated, then 90% of them would be fine.

If on the other hand 98% mortality happened, they would not have been decimated. Far worse, they would have been almost exterminated.

You cannot at the same time decimate a population and kill 98% of them. This is several thousand year old math. The math is settled. It cannot be done.

doTheHokeyPokey

words meanings evolve over time…. just ask gays

dec·i·mate
ˈdesəˌmāt/Submit
verb
1.
kill, destroy, or remove a large percentage or part of.
“the project would decimate the fragile wetland wilder

It would be nice to get words like gay and faggot back. Niggardly too, but that’s a special case. 🙂

Pop Piasa

I think it’s a cornegg of the word devastate that sounds jazzier and has been assimilated into the vernacular through common use.
(“that’s no vernacular, that’s a derby”- J.H.)

Pop Piasa

Thanks Ralph, I say that word backwards every time. Part of my dyslexia for sure. I get in a hurry to read and comment here and go back outside to farm.

Carbon Bigfoot

PopP don’t apologize for your disability— you introduced two new words including oronyms that Ralph did by correction. I deal with Expressive Aphasia as a result of three strokes. I don’t apologize for my difficulties–just appreciate that others admit theirs and deal with them.

HotScot

michel

Brilliant!

I didn’t know that. Every day’s a school-day at WUWT.

🙂

Nick Werner

Can’t we allow a writer some wiggle room for two thousand years of nuanced changes to the original narrow definition of a word? I am willing to accept the contemporary dictionary definition; e.g. from Oxford: “Kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of.” (See also: pedantic)

paqyfelyc

Sure. Still, “decimated” is inappropriate when you’re talking of a 98% death rate, this this far above decimation

Eamon Butler

”Decimated” but, it’s worse than we thought.

From what I can recall, I think in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina a TV journalist started saying the area was decimated. Before that, people said an area was devastated.

I really wish people would go back to devastated, I cringe every time I hear that 10% of whatever has been destroyed.

Mick

People who mean to say “devastated” often incorrectly say “decimated”.

Richard of NZ

There can be little doubt that malapropisms have become one of, if not the most favoured, abuses of the English language.

TRM

Damn you guys are a bunch of funny pedantic pissants!!! ROTFLMAO.

We drove to a graveyard, where 100% of the human inhabitants were dead.

So tragic !

We drove to a house, where 90% of the structure was destroyed by the only tornado to ever hit the area.

Horrifying !

We drove to the dessert, where 95% of previously known vegetation was now replaced by sand

So unnatural !

We drove to where the only skinny, starving, diseased polar bear ever seen close up was wandering, meaning that 100% of the polar bears we saw were skinny and starving (oh, we’ll just leave out the part about being diseased).

Heartbreaking !

… and each time we drove where we were driving, we were using a gas-guzzling luxury ride, stopping occasionally at high-end restaurants, built with many fossil-fuel-powered tools, serving high-end food that required large carbon footprints to raise, grow, harvest, transport, and prepare for our expensive tastes, and doing a lot of other stuff that used the current technology, without which we could not do all our driving and eating and campaigning for the tragedy that we see at sites we specifically drive to, because we know that they are tragic in some way, to start with, or in the normal course of the life cycle.

Okay, that about does it for my sarcasm on this one.

Gary Pearse

Recalls Turney of the Ship of Fools coming across hundreds of frozen Adelie penguins and shedding tears for the CAGW massacre until a real expert pointed out that the dead birds were hundreds of years old – with no carrion eaters or even predators, these bodies are preserved by deep freezing. It is only a few years back that one of Scott of the Antarctic’s unfound food caches was found and the beef steaks were good as new and the 100yr old cases of scotch were fine, too!

Susan

Sand in the dessert – yuk! A known hazard of picnics on the beach. Possibly you meant ‘desert’?

Gary Pearse

Yeah in post normal times a political science guy is saying last rites over the GBR.

Bitter&twisted

Looks even more of a nutter than I imagined.
And that’s saying something!

R. Shearer

McKibben’s life and travels sound so much like those of Antony Bourdain’s, without the cheery outlook.

Ve2

Don’t call him “Crazy Eyes McKibben” for nothing.

mikewaite

who pays him?

Louis Hooffstetter

A picture is worth 1,000 words…

James Beaver

It looks like he needs to be fitted with one of those special jackets with long sleeves that buckle in the back.

john

The greens are about to cause “rolling blackouts”

https://www.rtoinsider.com/wcpsc-marijuana-energy-efficiency-93882/

Add that to more petroleum derived fertiluzer, fungicides, pesticides, huge amouts of water and….lots of bottled CO^2 gas for their inside growing operation needs.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

R. Shearer

Cannabis growing and crypto-currency mining are the two major growing demands for electricity in many places.

kokoda

You can tell that it is all a scam when these eco-warriors completely ignore what is visibly seen: the devastation of the rain forests, the so-called ‘lungs of the earth’. Yet, this McKibben piece of trash continues on with a Medicine Show for the invisible CO2.

Greg Strebel

My pet peeve is calling any forest in steady state that is not laying down organic matter, ie humus, peat. etc, the “lungs of the world”. By definition, if the biomass of the forest is not increasing, there can be NO NET sequestration. The Amazon basin for example, has only 6% peat by area, and that at the higher elevations of the watershed, mostly on the eastern flanks of the Andes. The tropical rainforest and jungle are notoriously bereft of humus and peat.
This is not to say that there are not serious detrimental effects arising from loss of these lands to monoculture, ruinous artisanal mining, ranching etc due to the loss of complexity and continuity of these areas, and the serious pollution and erosion resulting from some of the mining and clearcut logging.

Bob Bunnell

I attended a college lecture by Bill ten years ago or so. His alarmist presentation was full of inaccuracies and out right lies. I got up half way through the drama and left. I felt sorry for the college students who couldn’t leave because they were getting extra credit for attending.

hunter

It is extremely unlikely he is telling the truth about his diving experience.

Pillage Idiot

I clicked through to the article because I wanted to see just how awful 98% mortality looked on the GBR. Surprisingly, there was no picture.

I guess we just have to take Bill’s word for it.

My third-grade teacher told us, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I thought these alarmists at least had some advanced degrees. However, the level of their scientific arguments suggests they may not have studied much beyond the second grade.

beng135

Not sure he’s a climate warrior. Climate milktoast more like it.

Bill McKibben with his grassroot organization 350.org are fighting the (carbon pollution/plant growth) gas of CO2, we are told. When asked if he still got money from Rockefeller, he got kind a memory loss. So much for a grassroot organization! https://www.rbf.org/grantees/350org

Walter Sobchak

The real question is how much of his money comes from Russia and the Arabs

Tom Abbott

McKibben needs to change the name of his organization to 410.orx

Mick

.410s are very versatile shotguns.
I can’t think what use a 410 parts per million CO2 movement would be to anyone.

paqyfelyc

lol.
410.orc
Or even best, 410.troll

John Garrett

There is something that is fascinating and engrossing about the lives, beliefs and pronouncements of true zanies and wackos. I have always enjoyed watching true crackpots— to a point.

McKibben is a classic nutjob. His ignorance of science, in general, and climate science, in particular, is exceeded only by his certainty and his zealotry.

He is a modern day Rasputin to the Rockefeller naifs. It boggles my mind to consider the process by which an out-and-out charlatan has somehow been allowed access to the innocents of Middlebury College (a supposedly respected and “highly selective” institution of “higher learning”).

Chris

Yes, yet somehow the world’s biggest companies, including ALL the major oil companies, the world’s biggest insurance companies and investment funds agree with his climate position. The vast majority of practicing climate scientists and most governments as well.

On your side you have a few climate scientists, Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry, Donald Trump and Putin. What a powerhouse team.

paqyfelyc

Wait, what? major oil companies are not funding denial? /sarc

Actually Putin is on YOUR side, Chris. He really wants western countries and USA to stop emitting CO2. KGB funded, trained and helped greens where reds couldn’t work, and FSB keeps the good work.

Greg Strebel

Yes, Google (the “Do No Evil” company) is your friend. The kind of ‘friend’ who seems to help you but is busy profiting by selling secrets about you and influencing your behavior.
But, back to the matter at hand. Russian scientists were not at all convinced by the AGW speculation. Ratification of the Kyoto Accord was delayed for a considerable time before the Russian Duma and administration realized that economic benefits that would accrue due to the sale of ‘carbon’ offsets arising from defunct production etc would outweigh any short term impediments which could largely be unenforcable commitments amounting to greenwashing anyway. Russia is quite content to play the long game and watch the west shoot itself in both feet. http://www.academia.edu/1785038/Why_did_Russia_ratify_the_Kyoto_protocol_JTipton.Slovo.Autumn_2008

Chris

Greg, thanks for confirming I am correct.

John Garrett

“…climate change has not produced more frequent nor more costly hurricanes nor other weather-related events covered by insurance…”

-Warren E. Buffett
Chairman
Berkshire Hathaway Corporation
Letter To Shareholders
2015 Annual Report
http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/letters/2015ltr.pdf
February 27, 2016
p. 26

John Garrett

Gosh, that’s persuasive (and inaccurate).

Tom Halla

If McKibben had his preferred society, his means of transport would be a galley, met at the dock by sedan chairs.

Wharfplank

Billy Bob Mckibben is a well paid Deep Green shill. #500ppm !!!

Komrade Kuma

Peter Hannam is our most CAGW nutty msm churnalist who writes for Fairfax (aka F&*k Facts) Media.

As for Sydney’s HOTTEST APRIL EVAH!!, that city has a UHI effect inland of some 13˚ compared to the coastal suburbs and is our biggest city. With such a massive UHI inland it is little wonder that every year is a bit hotter than the previous one let alone 160 years ago when most of its present footprint was bush.

That about sums up the work of Mr Hannam and I guess Bill McKibben. They are made for each other. I reckon that Ship of Fools expedition ‘leader’ Chris Turney and his band of galoots from UNSW were there just abuzz with excitement at being so close to McKIbben.

Dr Bob

“Sydney’s HOTTEST APRIL EVAH” was the result of a big blob of hot air that originated on the other side of the continent, in the north-western sub-tropical Kimberley region … it was transported south-easterly on the western flank of a slow-moving High pressure system and was not integral to Sydney …

zazove

Mmm was it the UHI or was it the Kimberly?
Either way you splainers’ll need to do a bit more ‘slpainin’ than that.
Blah, blah, blah, hand-wave, hand-wave.

Komrade Kuma

Yeah guys, then the big blob of hot air hit the UHI area and it got hotter than it would have without the UHI. That ‘splain it for yuh?

James A. Schrumpf

If a place that’s already dry, hot, and dusty gets EVEN MORE dry, hot, and dusty — isn’t that really “climate doubling down” rather “climate change”?

Greg Cavanagh

Given your scenario, what changed?

Steve Keppel-Jones

When my climate changes from “temperate” to “subarctic” or “subtropical”, THEN I’ll start to wonder what’s going on.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia

Great name “Climate Double Down”, instead of “Climate Change.”

Mind if I start using it to spoof the true believers?

“I’m getting more and more concerned about Climate Double Down…”

“OMG, what’s that?”

“It’s like we’ve moved beyond climate change and like now we’re in climate double down.”

Andy Pattullo

Advocacy by anecdote. This is what climate warriors are reduced to when the data aren’t helpful in carrying the “end is nigh” message to the unsuspecting public. Weepy Bill may be a true believer just like the victims of the James town event, but I suggest skipping the coolaid.

texasjimbrock

Andy: Too late.

markl

The world is being over run by activists of every type supported by the MSM that is being supported by the “One World Government” cabal.

Simon

Tin foil hat anyone.

Alan Tomalty

Once the global warming house of cards falls, there will be a need for therapy for millions that have been involved with this groupthink. The 3 leaders Hansen, Schmidt, and Mann should be hanged for treason and the others sent for mandatory deprogramming therapy. More costs Agggggggggggggggggggggggggggh

ClimateOtter

mcKibble is full of bull$#!+

That’s about as polite as I can get here.

John Bell

I bet he flew there? Of course, get the hypocrisy quotient high.

Ricky

No, he canoed there. Took his nine months.

Melvyn Dackombe

He looks a little demented.

Komrade Kuma

He seems to have perfected that look so I suppose it ‘works’ on the market niche he is targetting. Wide/wild eyed dingbat is how I describe it. There are some others of similar ilk that utilise a variation. Naomi Oreskes, Bill Nye, Lewandowsky etc

goldminor

They could all be picked out of a line-up of thousands of people. reminds me a bit of Scientologists. They also had a look about them.

Jeff B.

Although I applaud Anthony’s civility and respect, I’m still a little disappointed by the time when Anthony met with Bill McKibben. I think that legitimized McKibben in a way that is not appropriate given how far off base he is regarding science.

ATheoK

Climate alarmism appears to pay very handsomely.

Even before I retired from Civil Service, visiting or vacationing in Australia was far beyond my means. Yet, here a rather rabid climate activist campaigner can travel to and tour Australia.

And they have the nerve to accuse skeptics of benefiting from mysterious providers of gross largesse. We’ve thought before that climate activists, lacking facts, project their own failings and self expectations on skeptics.
McKibben chasing and reveling in Australian alleged climate events rather proves activist obsessions, delusions and CO₂ fueled self promotion.

ResourceGuy

I’ll never match his carbon footprint. He’s too far ahead at this point.

philincalifornia

…. and would any Bill McKibben thread be complete without this image of crusader Bill, on his daily ritual of trying to keep as many plastic bags as possible out of the hands of the masses:

http://ethanallen.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/mckibben_plastic.jpg

philincalifornia

Oh no. How do you embed an image in this new system.? Used to just be the link.

ozspeaksup

dunno but i got f fox telling me certificate was invalid when i tried the image

philincalifornia

Mods fixed it, I think (thanks Mods). Otherwise, Google Bill McKibben Plastic Bags for a fabulous window into the wild-eyed creature’s hypocrisy.

hunter

So the case that he is a bizarre cynical hypester is pretty compelling.
How to help many others see him for what he is?

There will be no Ocean-going environmentally friendly wooden coracle for Bill McKibben, he will be up at the pointy end of the aluminium cylinder in First Class as he flies to Australia.

Wallaby Geoff

Two clueless lefty journalists reporting on the GBR, who make their living out of alarmism. What would you expect but a “Chicken Little” report?

yarpos

Will be good to see the old doomsayer enjoying his undoubtedly fully offset travel, sightseeing and luxury hotels while preaching to his fellow believers. Ya gotta have a hobby in retirement, so panicing the masses seems to be as good as any.

ngard2016

Lomborg gives us the facts on their so called mitigation of their so called CAGW.
Today we generate just 0.8% of our TOTAL world energy from Solar and Wind and this may increase to 3.6% by 2040.
But by 2040 the energy pie will be much bigger and of course co2 emissions will be much higher as well.
This will cost 1 to 2 trillion $ a year and will have NO measurable change on temp ( by 2040 or 2100) at all. IOW endless trillions $ will be flushed down the drain and the poor bloody taxpayers will reap a zero return on their delusional investment.
And even Dr Hansen said that Paris COP 21 is just more BS and fra-d. Unbelievable but true, yet just about every Govt believes these lies and con merchants like the above example continue to jump on this gravy train.
Here’s Lomborg’s summary of the IEA 2018 update on TOTAL global energy sources and projections. Will they ever wake up to the S&W idiocy ?

https://climatechangedispatch.com/where-do-we-get-most-of-our-energy-hint-not-renewables/

Lil Fella From Aus

The old ‘I’ve been there five minutes and now I am an expert.’

Donald

Eric Worrall uses the old “if climate change advocates aren’t using zero energy and practicing stoneage austerity, they must be frauds” trick.

Grow up.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia

What trick? Mr disgrace-to-the-name Donald.

Pointing out blatant hypocrisy is not a trick, it is an irrefutable argument.

A trick would be repeatedly and systematically adjusting the temperature record so that the more distant past is cooler and the more immediate past warmer than was actually recorded to create the impression that temperatures have dramatically increased.

Face it, you guys trump all the “tricks” with…(wait for it)…

Mike’s Nature Trick.

Lest we forget!

Simon

Agreed. EW has no middle ground or concept of reasonable use. If you use any form of fossil fuel in Eric’s world you are a hypocrite, if you believe AGW is real and a threat.

David Smith

Skype.
It uses a lot less fossil fuel than plane journeys. Look it up Donald.

High Treason

Saw this crybaby last time he was in Sydney (obtained a free ticket-no way i would pay to see him.) Very practised attempt to look inexperienced and that there was more that could come out. Quite a vomitous experience with hundreds of brain dead believers swooning over weepy Bill.

MattS

A tropical storm, that churns up sand (yes, in Blue Planet that was sand on the coral you saw, not bleaching), and a long ans strong el nino, that lowers sea levels by 10 inches and exposes coral to stronger sunlight/air, hence bleaching it, and it is no surprise the epicenter of the storm impact looks bad. The rest has recovered already though: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/coral-regeneration-raises-hopes-for-great-barrier-reef-recovery/9001518

ozspeaksup

wonder was that a farmed barra involving feeding the greedy sods heaps of wildcaught fish meal?
not eco friendly
tsk tsk blubbering bill
why didnt he catch his own on the reef;-)

ozspeaksup

actually i wonder if anyones ever tried to eat crown of thorns starfidh?
would be THE best way to ensure their demise PDQ

Just Jenn

Is that excerpt anything BUT advertising for that restaurant? Was the purpose of the article his chat with the man or what they had for lunch?

PhotoPete

Did McKibben walk, ride a bicycle or ride in a gas guzzling CO2 belching automobile on his save the planet tour?

Bruce Cobb

Weepy Bill’s a classic climate cuckaloo. He’s drunk so much of his own klimate koolade it’s a wonder he can dress himself in the morning.

Edward A. Katz

No doubt he made it there by ship since aircraft emissions are particularly damaging, and no doubt he’s making his way city-to-city in a battery-powered bus.

ResourceGuy

This research is for Bill and his mental health.

People who are depressed “don’t see subtleties, and we can see this in the words they use,” says James W. Pennebaker, professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, who studies how language relates to a person’s psychological state.

Johann Wundersamer

Well compacted, Eric Worrall:

despite global problems McKibben never lost appetite nor starved.
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“Climate activist Bill McKibben still fighting ‘The End of Nature’

By Peter Hannam
9 June 2018 — 12:00am

It’s fitting I meet US climate change campaigner Bill McKibben for our lunch shortly after filing on Sydney smashing its April temperature records, part of the city’s hottest autumn in almost 160 years of records.

McKibben was on his Accelerate Climate Action tour around Australia, arranged by the local arm of the 350.org activist group he founded in 2008.

He arrives for our chat in the sun-soaked Sydney Botanic Gardens Restaurant after a brief side trip to the bleaching-battered Great Barrier Reef, and has his own grim tales to tell.

“It was emotional to be out there on the reef,” he says after we order – a barbecued barramundi shared between us, following an appetiser of chargrilled flat breads.”
_____________________________________________________

Lot of people would find

“emotional to be out there on the reef,” he says after we order – a barbecued barramundi shared between us, following an appetiser of chargrilled flat breads.”

Johann Wundersamer

Another Question –

Is this his Great Barrier Reef – or is he just parasiting on.

Silly Question.