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August 15, 2016

Did Bill McKibben Suggest Keystone/Fracking Are Worse Than Hitler?

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Bill McKibben took his extreme views on energy to new heights on Monday, suggesting in New Republic that traditional energy efforts are worse than Hitler and Nazism.

McKibben writes:

That political will is starting to build, just as it began to gather in the years before Pearl Harbor. A widespread movement has killed off the Keystone pipeline, stymied Arctic drilling, and banned fracking in key states and countries. … This resembles, at least a little, the way FDR actually started gearing up for war 18 months before the “date which will live in infamy.”

McKibben has a long history of comparing his environmental efforts to the efforts to defeat Nazism. He called for “an all-out World War II style effort to convert our economy away from carbon” in 2008.

Still, the 350.org co-founder’s New Republic op-ed takes the extended metaphor to new and disturbing places. McKibben compares a Bernie Sanders debate moment to FDR’s “Day of Infamy” speech following Pearl Harbor:

So far, there has been no equivalent in the climate war—no single moment that galvanizes the world to realize that nothing short of total war will save civilization. Perhaps the closest we’ve come to FDR’s “date of infamy” speech—and it wasn’t all that close—was when Bernie Sanders, in the first debate, was asked to name the biggest security threat facing the planet.

McKibben also notes, several times, that we are literally in World War III:

World War III is well and truly underway. And we are losing. … The question is not, are we in a world war? The question is, will we fight back?

Keep in mind that, according to one estimate, 70 million people died in World War II.

As McKibben continues to pen long op-eds supporting the Environmentalist Left, we at Core News see that Godwin’s Law is alive and well: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”