Climate hawks won a (relatively) big and “unlikely” victory this week. Thanks to the leadership of Bill McKibben — with the help of countless others, including many people who read Climate Progress — we stopped the Obama administration from its original plan to mindlessly permit the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
IF Obama is reelected — which is no more than about 50-50 at this point — then I agree with McKibben that the Keystone pipeline is probably dead. But even setting aside the climate benefit of slowing the exploitation of the tar sands, the pipeline victory is far more than symbolic.
The key point is it absolutely would not have happened without the emergence of an organized protest movement (see “A Climate Movement Is Born“).
So the victory hints at the possibility of even greater victories to come. And so that leads to the weekend question: What Should McKibben and the Climate Movement Do Next? Bill will, I’m quite sure, read your comments.