He seems like an honest, homespun almost religious guy. But …
McKibben’s 350.org web site claims he is the founder[F[He also claims to be the co-founder, but never says who his partner was.]F] and chairman of board of 350.org. But he told Bloomberg, “I, as you can tell, am the furthest thing from an activist leader.” This makes us wonder if he might be playing some word games with his climate claims.
Here you can see McKibben (0:50) say, “… the truth is the things the scientiest worried about then are happening faster and on a bigger scale, on a biblical scale. Last summer the arctic melted.” So, did the arctic melt in 2012?
McKibben must have meant the sea ice. The area of sea ice that used to melt away (1979-2000) was about 55% every year. Then it would return in winter. But it’s been melting more lately. In 2012, it melted 5% more than in 2007, the previous maxium melt. But there was about 23% of the winter ice area left. So yes, that artic melted — it always melts in summer. But no, it did not completely melt in 2012. Yes this is from global warming, but why mislead people like that?