Environmental Advice for the Candidates From Bill McKibben

Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, author, and cofounder of 350.org

Jun 22, 2012
Outside Magazine
Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben, author and activist    Photo: Nancie Battaglia

If I were a candidate, I’d focus on the crazy weather—something everyone is noticing and something that surveys suggest a large majority of Americans link to climate change. I’d talk about how the greed of the fossil-fuel industry is starting to disrupt the planet’s weather, and then I’d point out that we’re paying them billions of dollars in subsidies, kind of a bonus for the wrecking crew. My message would be: let’s spend money on solar and wind instead. Because you know the reason the big guys really hate solar panels? You can’t meter the sun.