Is President Obama waging a war on coal? Republicans say yes. Democrats deny it. Here’s what Bill McKibben, self-styled leader of America’s “fossil-fuel resistance,” has to say: “Recently, I had a long talk with an administration insider who kept telling me that, for the next decade, we should focus all our energies on ‘killing coal.’” Sounds like a war to me.
That wasn’t good enough for McKibben, who insisted that the administration would have “to put the same sort of thought and creative energy into killing oil and natural gas, too.” Now that’s creativity. Energy independence? “Last century’s worry,” says McKibben.
Yet McKibben rolls the idea around a bit longer. A third party strategy might not work quickly enough to save the planet from meltdown he says, implying that it’s strictly a question of timing. Before dropping the topic, McKibben makes it clear that he’s still looking for “some way to make a third party truly viable.”
A harmless thought experiment, or a carefully calibrated political threat? The latter, I’d say.
McKibben ends with a tribute to his senator, Bernie Sanders (Socialist, Vt.), who he says is the closest thing he has to a political guru. According to McKibben, Sanders is locked in “the same weird dance” with the Democrats as he is. It’s dance well worth watching.