Ask McKibben Anything: Can Capitalism Help Combat Climate Change?

Bill recently wrote in the Washington Post about the Keystone pipeline and taxing carbon:

Those oil barons, certain they will prevail, have kept pouring money into Washington. Just last month, a New York Times profile of a presidential confidante, Anita Dunn, revealed that her lobbying firm was on the Keystone payroll. In other words, in Washington terms, the pipeline is still wired. One oil executive, the morning after Tuesday’s election, was quoted as saying, “We expect it will be approved.”

If that happens, it will mean the president doesn’t understand that his legacy requires dealing with climate change — and that dealing with climate change requires leaving carbon in the ground. There are lots of other actions that will be necessary, too: A serious tax on carbon, for instance, has long been the sine qua non of real progress. But that requires getting House Majority Leader John Boehner and the House Republicans on board. The truth is, we’ve got to do it all, and it will be hard, harder than anything else the administration is considering, since it runs straight up against the richest industry on Earth.

Bill’s previous videos are here, here, herehere, here, here, here, and here.Read some of his Sandy-related coverage featured on the Dish here, here and here. His campaign against the fossil fuel industry, Do The Math, is catching fire across the country.