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A Moral Atmosphere: Hypocrisy redefined for the age of warming

By Bill McKibben (HC ’82)

This article first appeared in Orion Magazine.


THE LIST OF REASONS for not acting on climate change is long and ever-shifting. First it was “there’s no problem”; then it was “the problem’s so large there’s no hope.” There’s “China burns stuff too,” and “it would hurt the economy,” and, of course, “it would hurt the economy.” The excuses are getting tired, though. Post Sandy (which hurt the economy to the tune of $100 billion) and the drought ($150 billion), 74 percent of Americans have decided they’re very concerned about climate change and want something to happen… (more)
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  1. […] Bill McKibben contributes an essay titled “A Moral Atmosphere: Hypocrisy Redefined for the Age of Global Warming.” There’s also a short essay titled “To Heal the World, to ‘Repair the World'” and a piece by Wendy Rose titled “Plutonium Vespers.” […]

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