• Peterr commented on the blog post Words, Deeds, Droughts, and Decisions on Climate Change

    2013-01-26 20:59:13View | Delete

    What McKibben is saying, I think, is that he doesn’t want Obama to be able to point to 350.org and say “the right hates me and so does the left, so I’m just what the country needs.” That lets Obama avoid the whole issue of the pipeline (narrowly) and climate change (more broadly), and cast himself as the Great Middle-of-the-Road Statesman. I think McKibben wanted the focus to be on the policy and not the policy-maker, insofar as that is possible during a presidential election season, to force the campaign to answer the issue, and not just shrug off the haters.

    Whether it worked/works or not is another issue.