In a conversation with Yale Environment 360 contributor Elizabeth Kolbert, [McKibben] talks about what he’s learned about the power of the fossil fuel industry — and why the battle over Keystone is far from over.
Bill McKibben is a patient man. Twenty-three years ago, he published The End of Nature, one of the first books written for a general audience that laid out the issue of global warming. Nearly two decades later, after the U.S. and the international community continued to fail to take action, he moved from journalist to activist, founding 350.org, which has grown into a global movement to solve the challenge of climate change. In January, he and 350.org won a surprising — if short-term — victory when President Obama put the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline on hold pending further review.