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Fighting For Your Miserable Future

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorDecember 6, 2010 5:05 PM


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As much as I admire Bill McKibben's tenacity, he really bums me out in this interview with Andrew Revkin:

The basic issue of the planet right now is that it's disintegrating...There's no happy ending where we prevent climate change any more. Now the question is, is it going to be a miserable century or an impossible one, and what comes after that?

That's the choice we face, between a miserable century or an impossible one? That's the call to action McKibben wants the world to mobilize around? Hell yeah, sign me up. I'm all over that misery thing. Seriously, is it any wonder the masses aren't stampeding to join the Stop Global Warming brigade? And doesn't McKibben know that people prefer happy endings? That they want to believe in them, even against all odds? On top of it all, McKibben, despite painting the bleakest possible future for my kids to inherit, a world that sounds like a choice between Soylent Green and Wall-E, cites Winston Churchill as a role model. Surely McKibben is aware that the most famous war-time leader of the 20th century did not galvanize his country with oratory that inspired despair.

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