First they told us that we would soon run out of fossil fuels. But now we are starting to hear that we have too much, so says Bill McKibben in an interview with utlra-warmist German site Klmaretter (Climate Rescuer).
Right now McKibben seems to be on a sort of trash-America tour in Europe, flying around in a fossil fuel burning jet, and telling eager US-hating leftist Europeans that America is a sort of backwards country.
Here are some excerpts of that interview:
Klimaretter: What do you about the electricity price going up because of investments in renewable energies or that the stability of the energy supply is being jeopardized?
McKibben: I don’t think that it’s going to be without costs. But the costs are going to be far less than if we don’t do it. The costs from climate change are so enormously high that the costs of the transformation are affordable by comparison.
Klimaretter: What about the storage problem with renewable energies?
McKibben: It’s a problem. But increasingly thoughts are emerging that energy can be stored in unexpected places, […] like in auto batteries.
Klimaretter: What do you think of Obama’s plan of reducing emissions from coal power plants?
McKibben: The real test for Obama is coming when he decides on the Keystone Pipeline and the tar sands. If he makes the right decision, then he’ll be one of the first politicians of global ranking who will stop a project with such a big impact on the climate. That would be a good thing for the negotiations at an international level.
Klimaretter: Some people say that Americans are far more optimistic about climate change and see more opportunity being brought on by new technologies and new jobs. What do you think?
McKibben: I think Americans have their heads stuck in the sand when it comes to climate change. That’s especially strange because we’ve learned an incredible amount about climate change from American scientists. But our political system is in no way on par with the challenge. That is crushing. […] The Germans and many others have done a much better job […] But as you know from observing from a distance, political life in the USA has pretty much failed.
Excerpts translated from the German.