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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109 thoughts on “Climate Warrior Bill McKibben Touring Australia

  1. 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.

  2. “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.

    • 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.

      • 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

          • 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.)

          • 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.

          • 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.

        • 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)

      • 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.

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

    • 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.

        • 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!

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

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

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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.

    • 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.

  5. 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”).

    • 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.

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

  7. 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.

    • “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 …

    • 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.

      • 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?

  8. 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”?

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

    • 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.”

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

    • 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

      • 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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/

  19. 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.

    • 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!

    • 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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;-)

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

  23. 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?

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.”

  29. Another Question –

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

    Silly Question.

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