Bill McKibben on Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: If There Was Ever A Wake-up Call, This Is It

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Oct 29, 2012 by

Much of the East Coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean where it battered Haiti and Cuba. “This thing is stitched together from elements natural and un-natural and it seems poised to cause real havoc,” says Bill McKibben, founder of New York and other cities have shut down schools and transit systems. Hundreds of thousands of people have already been evacuated. Millions could lose power over the next day. Meteorologists say Sandy could be the largest storm ever to hit the U.S. mainland. The megastorm comes at a time when President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have refused to make climate change an issue on the campaign trail. For the first time since 1984, climate change was never addressed during a presidential debate. “It’s really important that everybody, even those who aren’t in the path of this storm, reflect about what it means that in the warmest year in U.S. history … when we saw essentially summer sea ice in the Arctic just vanish before our eyes, what it means that we’re now seeing storms this unprecedented magnitude,” McKibben says. “If there was ever a wake-up call, this is it.” We’re also joined by climate scientist Greg Jones from Southern Oregon University.

Bill McKibben on Sandy and Climate Change: “If There Was Ever A Wake-up Call, This Is It”


Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is a rare, hybrid super storm created by an Arctic jet stream from the north wrapping itself around a tropical storm from the south. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, warns that such a “Frankenstorm,” as it is called, is an outgrowth of the extreme weather changes caused by global warming. “When you heat the oceans more, you extend the length of hurricane season,” Masters says. “There’s been ample evidence over the last decade or so that hurricane season is getting longer — it starts earlier, ends later. You’re more likely to get these sort of late October storms now, and you’re more likely to have this sort of situation where a late October storm meets up with a winter low pressure system and gives us this ridiculous combination of a nor’easter and hurricane that comes ashore, bringing all kinds of destruction.” We’re also joined by climate scientist Greg Jones from Southern Oregon University.

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9 thoughts on “Bill McKibben on Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: If There Was Ever A Wake-up Call, This Is It

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  4. i love dandelion salad! i check ur blog multiple times a day. i felt compelled to mention that bill mckibben and are mostly funded by the rockefeller foundation. this is verifiable through multiple sources and bill is even on video commending the rockefellers for their support of him since day one. i see this as a massive conflict of interest and the most likely reason mckibben’s efforts are symbolic rather than genuine. i am an organic farmer from vermont, where mckibben is from, and therefore feel i have a right to tell people this ‘fact’. i’m not sure if it will change anyone’s opinion of him, but it is true non the less. how is mckibben so vehemently against big oil, while being funded by the founders of the historic ‘standard oil’? the answer is, he has sold out. see for yourself, and don’t forget to investigate the several links contained in this article… or just ‘google’ it. i will continue to read ur blog every day!

    • Thanks for reading the posts at Dandelion Salad, vtfarmerbrown, much appreciated.

      McKibben has continued to support Pres. Obama, too, which I don’t understand at all.

      Best wishes to you on your organic farming!

      • I wholeheartedly agree with this perception of ambiguity and questionable allegiance. Are we dealing with means and ends? Intuitive priorities over-riding inconvenient contra-indications, perhaps? My worry is that strong conviction may soon translate into poor judgement.
        As Bertrand Russell once put it, beware of “the harm that good men do.”
        I cannot be sure that McKibbin is prejudiced this way or that, all I can say is that there is no certainty in science, only adherence to robust methodologies, rational statistical inference, a calculus of probabilities, rigorous protocols, peer review and best practice.
        When well meaning advocates become extravagantly dogmatic and dictatorial, it is time to pause for thought.

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