The McKibben Doctrine

How Deep Green Politics Undermine Climate Action

1. Hulme, M. Why We Disagree About Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity. Cambridge University Press, 2009, p. 395.

2. See G. Prins and S. Rayner, “Time to Ditch Kyoto,” Nature 449, no. 7165 (2007).  Also G. Prins et al., “The Hartwell Paper: A New Direction for Climate Policy after the Crash of 2009.” London: London School of Economics and Political Science and University of Oxford, 2010.  http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27939/1/HartwellPaper_English_version.pdf.  For an overview on clumsy approaches to complex policy problems, see Verweij, M. and Thompson, M.(Eds.) Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World. Palgrave McMillian, 2006/2011.

3. G. Prins and S. Rayner, “Time to Ditch Kyoto,” Nature 449, no. 7165 (2007).

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5. Plumer, B. "Can Obama Tackle Climate Change in His Second Term?" Wonkblog, The Washington Post.com, 2013 Jan. 13. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/21/can-obama-tackle-climate-change-in-his-second-term/.

6. Marc Muro Steven F. Hayward, Ted Nordhaus, and Michael Shellenberger, “Post-Partisan Power: How a Limited and Direct Approach to Energy Innovation Can Deliver Clean, Cheap Energy, Economic Productivity, and National Prosperity,” (Washington DC: American Enterprise Institute, Brookings Institution, and The Breakthrough Institute). http://thebreakthrough.org/blog/Post-Partisan%20Power.pdf.

7. On policy, the need to focus on adaptation was proposed as early as 1998; see R.A. Pielke, "Rethinking the Role of Adaptation in Climate Policy," Global Environmental Change 8, no. 2 (1998).  Also see R. Pielke et al., "Lifting the Taboo on Adaptation," Nature 445, no. 8 (2007).

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11. McKibben, B. The End of Nature. Random House, 1989/2006, pg. 129.

12. Ibid., pg. 144

13. Kloor, K. “Delusions of Danger.” Slate, 2012 Nov. 5; Kloor, K. “GMO Opponents are the Climate Skeptics of the Left.” Slate, 2012 Sept. 26; Kloor, K. “The Great Schism in the Environmental Movement.” Slate, 2012 Dec. 12.

14. Plumer, B. “The Big Climate Question: Will the World Build 1,200 Power Plants?” Wonkblog, The Washington Post, 2012 Nov. 20. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/11/20/1200-coal-are-plants-being-planned-worldwide-what-happens-if-they-all-get-built/.

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17. Kloor, K. "The Pro-Nukes Environmental Movement."  Slate, 2013 Jan. 14.  http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/nuclear_power/2013/01/nuclear_energy_and_climate_change_environmentalists_debate_how_to_stop_global.html

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19. Lynas, M. The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans. National Geographic, 2011, pg. 11.

20. Ibid. pg. 12-13.

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23. Shellenberger, M. and T. Nordhaus. “Wicked Polarization: How Prosperity, Democracy and Experts Divided America.” Breakthrough Journal, Winter 2013. http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/journal/issue-3/wicked-polarization/.

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26. Rosen, J. "Covering Wicked Problems: Keynote address to the 2nd UK Conference of Science Journalists." PressThink Blog, June 25, 2012. http://pressthink.org/2012/06/covering-wicked-problems/.

27. Revkin, A. "On the Energy Gap and Climate Crisis." The Dot Earth blog. The New York Times, 2010, April 7. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/on-the-energy-gap-and-climate-crisis/.

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29. Brainard, C. "Dot Earth Moves to NYT Opinion Page." Columbia Journalism Review Online, 2010, April 1.

30. Revkin, A. “Can Obama Escape the Alberta Tar Pit?” The Dot Earth blog, The New York Times, 2011 Sept. 5. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/can-obama-escape-the-alberta-tar-pit/http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/more-on-tar-oil-pipelines-and-presidents/.

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