As a writer and activistBill McKibben has devoted his life to tackling the threat posed by man-made climate change. As Hurricane Sandy brought normal life on the East Coast to a standstill, McKibbenâ€™s Twitter feed went into overdrive â€” a veritable deluge of storm updates and political commentary. He just took some time out of a very busy day to explain why climate change hasnâ€™t been a bigger issue in the run-up to the ongoing catastrophe:
The candidates refused to talk about climate change during the debates and the mainstream media hardly dares mention global warming in the context of this storm. Whatâ€™s going on here?
Whatâ€™s going on here is the astonishing power of the fossil fuel industry. They have essentially bought one party and scared the other. And theyâ€™ve done the same thing all over the world. Theyâ€™re the richest, most powerful industry on earth and they are able to keep people from questioning whatâ€™s become the most dangerous set of corporate practices in history.