Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and many other books on the environment, is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org.
When news came out that Obama would get to approve or block a pipeline linking Texas refineries to the tar sands of Alberta, it was clear that it was time for more than words.
The sudden, hideous explosion of oil in the Gulf of Mexico is the latest reminder of who we really are. By we, I mean:British Petroleum: Broken Pipe? Bigtime Pollution?Our government: The Bush administration's constant deregulation is a factor, but Barack Obama avoids offending the big oil and coal companies. We as in us: Every politician in America notices that Americans scream any time the price of oil begins to rise.