Commenter Susan made me aware in my earlier blog post that 350.org’s Bill McKibben, a partner with 1010.org, has issued a statement that claimed his group had nothing to do with their gross-out, kill-the-deniers video, and called it “disgusting.” From his statement, which he issued after learning about the video after he (surprise!) climbed off a plane in Boston:
Climate skeptics are going to make a big deal of this. The video represents the kind of stupidity that really hurts our side, reinforcing in people’s minds a series of preconceived notions, not the least of which is that we’re out-of-control elitists. Not to mention crazy, and also with completely misplaced sense of humor….
Crazy? Now where would we get that idea, Bill? Maybe from your lamentations at church in Copenhagen:
Those damned shriveled ears of corn. I’ve done everything I can think of, and millions of people around the world have joined us at 350.org in the most international campaign there ever was. But I just sat there thinking: It’s not enough. We didn’t do enough. I should have started earlier. People are dying already; people are sitting tonight in their small homes trying to figure out how they’re going to make the maize meal they have stretch far enough to fill the tummies of the kids sitting there waiting for dinner. And that’s with 390 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere.
Or from that last book you wrote — “Eaarth:”
“The world hasn’t ended, but the world as we know it has — even if we don’t quite know it yet,” [McKibben] writes. “It’s a different place. A different planet. It needs a new name.” Since it’s earth-like, he says, let’s call it “Eaarth.”
The task at hand is keeping the planet from melting. We need everyone — beginning with the president — to start explaining that basic fact at every turn.”
Yeah Bill — flyin’ all over the place to give speeches, talkin’ ’bout death and destruction…just where would we get the idea that you’re all crazy elitists? And then you say stuff like this today:
We’ve known the (1010.org video) creators for years–they put out a statement apologizing for their lapse. But it’s the kind of mistake that will haunt and hurt efforts.
McKibben’s so elitist and crazy that he doesn’t even realize it was not a mistake; it was absolutely intentional, with a lot of people devoting weeks, if not months, of planning into it.
It was not a mistake because it revealed what the alarmists really are.