25. To Be Determined


Oct 5, 2011
Outside Magazine
The Absent Hero

The Absent Hero    Photo: Joe Ciardiello

Could save The earth

Remember 2007? When The New York Times Magazine suggested Al Gore was more powerful as an environmental talking head than he would have been as president? When Vinod Khosla and Elon Musk invested hundreds of millions in renewable technology? When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report made front-page news around the world? How things have changed. Musk has yet to make much money with his Tesla electric car, and clean-tech invest-ment has slowed 10 percent in the past year. Climate scientists are fending off fishy data-fudging charges. And Gore has faded from public view. In 20 years, we may look back and say that author and activist Bill McKibben galvanized a new generation of enviros. For now, we’re waiting for someone to take the mantle of David Brower.

By the Numbers 0: times Presi-dent Obama used the words “green” or “climate” in his 2011 State of the Union Address

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