July 12, 2016

Another Obama Administration Official Rebukes Bill McKibben And The Environmental Left On Their “Keep It In The Ground” Anti-Fossil Fuel Campaign


The Environmentalist Left was dealt another setback yesterday by the Obama administration as Obama’s top science advisor, Dr. John Holdren, cast shade on the “keep it in the ground” anti-fossil fuel campaign championed by 350.org founder Bill McKibben.

Addressing attendees of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s annual conference, Dr. Holdren called the “keep it in the ground” effort half-baked, saying that “we are still a very heavily fossil-fuel dependent world:”

“The notion that we’re going to keep it all in the ground is unrealistic. We are still a very heavily fossil-fuel dependent world. … I subscribe to the view that natural gas is a very helpful bridge fuel to a much lower emissions future. … When I look at the future of energy technology, I am looking at advanced technologies for fossil fuels, as well as expansion of nuclear, renewables, and of course heavy emphasis on improving efficiency.”

Dr. Holdren isn’t the only Obama official to rebuff the Environmentalist Left’s impractical movement. In May, CORE News covered Obama-appointed Interior Secretary Sally Jewel’s “harsh” criticism of keeping it in the ground, calling it “naïve.” And Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, a former Obama adviser called the movement “completely impractical.”

As the DNC Platform Committee capitulated to the Environmentalist Left on energy when it adopted a carbon tax and an outright ban to drilling this weekend, Dr. Holdren’s comments are a clear reminder that not every liberal in America is on board with Bill McKibben’s radical vision for our nation’s energy future.