Is the Keystone XL pipeline really what President Obama wants to leave as his legacy, for future generations to remember him by – and curse him for? * Meanwhile climate destabilization continues as unabated as our carbon dioxide emissions: Czech PM Declares Emergency As Floods Threaten Prague: Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of […]
By: Dr. James Hansen Today (May 9, 2013) 36 Norwegian organizations sent an open letter to Prime Minister Stoltenberg expressing opposition to development of Canadian tar sands by Statoil (the Norwegian state is majority shareholder of Statoil). Signatories include not only environmental organizations, but a broad public spectrum, including, appropriately, many youth organizations. It is encouraging that Norwegian [...]
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It’s always enjoyable (and all too rare!) to share good news, and I’m pleased that there’s some to share on this, the last Friday in April: The Ontario government under newly elected premier Kathleen Wynne announced on Wednesday that it will be partnering with the government of Manitoba and the International Institute for Sustainable Development [...]
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Democratic Socialist Hugo Chavez delivered democracy, human rights and reduced poverty for his citizens.
He dared to stand up to the Americans and allied with Cuba.
US President Jimmy Carter monitored Venezuelan elections and described them as the most fair in South America and yet US and Canadian politicians snidely maligned Chavez as a dictator.
The sins of Chavez and his administration were that in fact that he did exactly the opposite of what the US-Canada practices are in relation to the oil wealth and the corporate forces that dominate the energy resources.
Canadian provinces Newfoundland and
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: President Hugo Chávez Dies-The Vultures are Circling
We act not because it’s easy, but because it’s right. Thousands of people are gathering in Washington DC today to send a message to President Obama that clean air, clean water, and a stable climate are not negotiable – the Keystone XL Pipeline must not be approved. *
The times, they are a-changin’! Not only did President Obama speak clearly about the need to act on climate change in his State of the Union address earlier this week, yesterday on CBC Radio’s flagship supper-hour news show, As It Happens, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobsen was interviewed about Canada’s lack of action [...]
48 environmental, civil rights, and community leaders engage in historic act of civil disobedience to stop Keystone XL pipeline. Julian Bond, Bill McKibben, Michael Brune, and others arrested in front of White House in call for action on climate. By Sierra Club | Feb. 13, 2013: WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, 48 environmental, civil rights, and community leaders READ MORE
Today’s blog post is courtesy of Citizens Climate Lobby: In his State of the Union address, the President said, ‘If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations [from climate change], I will.’ Republicans who wish to avoid more regulations should embrace the free-market approach of a revenue-neutral tax on carbon. Saying that “for the [...]
A message from an Oklahoma farmer for President Barack Obama, as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address tonight:
* All eyes in the climate change community are going to be on President Obama tonight as he delivers his State of the Union address, which outlines his administration’s vision for the next four years. The clip below, from AP, discusses the urgent need for Obama to address climate change (although one wonders why they [...]
Rosa Brooks unpacks the Obama JD’s targeted killing memo: “Like many legal documents, this one does fine on its own terms, but looks a lot less satisfying when taken out of its hermetically sealed legal universe.”
Related: John Fugelsang talks with Harper’s Scott Horton and Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK about the kill memo and a possible slippery slope into domestic assassination:
Update: Via Jack Goldsmith, two different takes on the white paper — first, Jeffrey Rosen is outraged:
The Justice Department white paper released on Monday by NBC News is the public’s first direct glimpse
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Unpacking the Ramifications of Obama’s Targeted Killing Memo
Words fail (h/t):
A friendly reminder from TAFKAdnA:
The Obama administration claims that the secret judgment of a single ”well-informed high level administration official” meets the demands of due process and is sufficient justification to kill an American citizen suspected of working with terrorists. That procedure is entirely secret. Thus it’s impossible to know which rules the administration has established to protect due process and to determine how closely those rules are followed. The government needs the approval of a judge to detain a suspected terrorist. To kill one, it need only give itself permission.
“Trust me” != due process, Mr. POTUS.
Related: Thomas P.M. Barnett:
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney On Targeted Killing: Lethal Strikes On U.S. Citizens ‘Legal,’ ‘Ethical,’ And ‘Wise’
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After months of entrenched Republican intransigence and unwillingness to actually, ahem tax the rich, a deal is in the works that could avert millions being denied unemployment benefits and tax increases for the middle class especially.
Tentative Deal Is Reached to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy By JONATHAN WEISMAN-New York Times
The fiscal cliff is nigh; Senators strike deal, House won’t vote By Matt Smith, CNN (VIDEO)
Fiscal cliff deadline to pass as Senate readies for vote. Richard Adams-Guardian U.K.
US Lawmakers Reach deal-AljJazerrah
In a rather lukewarm* way, at his post-election press conference today, President Obama responds to reporters questions about Hurricane Sandy and the need to take action on climate change. His lack of passion and commitment on this issue is disappointi… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Obama Belatedly Calls For A National Conversation on Climate Action
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They say that pictures don’t lie. Well Mitt Romney you looked liked a liar in the debates. That is of course because he is a liar.
Flip flopping around on environmental, social and economic issues Romney looked ill at ease. Lying does that.
When Romney was pontificating about his business acumen I was hoping Obama would call him on the fact that his skills and his biggest personal successes were in buying out businesses, milking them, stripping them down, bankrupting them throwing masses of American workers on the scrap heap.
His pontificating about his wondrous economic remedies summonsed up Former President Bill
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Mitt Romney Looked Like A Liar In Presidential Debate
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The question that dominated from last nights Presidential Debate was what happened to Obama? He was flat, lacked focus, energy and hunger.
As far as the bumbling foot in mouth prone challenger Governor Mitt Romney his metamorpheus was surprising. He was focused, forceful and won the debate without reservation.
It was interesting how detached President Obama seemed. He was rusty and I sense that he has had four years of keeners and professional clappers surrounding him.
Look for an invigorated Obama for round two. He will need to be reminded that when he is on the stage
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: President Obama Battered and Bruised From Last Nights Debate
For a country that seems to have a messianic zeal for exporting its freedom and democracy to other countries, the United States doesn’t seem to care too much for those values domestically. Recommend this Post
* Every climate activist I know is disappointed in Barrack Obama’s lack of action on climate change during his nearly 4 years in office, but – after being mocked by Mitt Romney for his big promises to act on this issue – President Obama did finally mention climate change on national television yesterday during his [...]
Mitt Romney reacts–if you wonder why he doesn’t try and slam President Obama for changing his position, it’s probably because he doesn’t believe in evolution and he would lose any “flip flopping” debate.
Someone needs to re-mix President Obama’s statement on marriage-equality like Will.I.Am did in 2008. Maybe Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber could collaborate?
Filed under: Politics, United States Politics, Video Tagged: LGBTQ, marriage-equality, mitt romney, pokemon, President Obama, same-sex marriage USpoli
. . . → Read More: The Equivocator: President Obama Evolves on Marriage-Equality. Thankfully, Nobody Pressed “B.”
Ever wonder why a blooming green energy industry has faced such harsh opposition? Now, as the old adage goes, "the cat's out of the bag."
The Guardian today revealed the network of fossil-funded groups coordinating the ongoing onslaught of attacks on renewable energy, particularly wind power. A memorandum passed to The Guardian from the Checks and Balances Project details the organizations and personnel acting as ringleaders to build an astroturf echo chamber of clean energy critics.
Guardian reporter Suzanne Goldenberg writes in "Conservative thinktanks step up attacks against Obama's clean energy strategy,"
"A number of rightwing
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Guardian Exposes Fossil Funded Groups Coordinating Renewable Energy Attacks
The debate over flaring unconventional oil and gas in shale basins across the United States has suddenly heated up immensely (excuse the bad pun).
On March 27, the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economy (CERES) penned a letter calling for an end to the practice, writing,
We are a group of 37 investors, representing $500 billion in total assets, who areconcerned about the financial risks associated with the flaring of natural gas that has accompanied fast-proliferating oil production from shale formations in North Dakota, Texas and elsewhere in the U.S.
We are concerned that excessive
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Investors: No More Flaring of Fracked Oil and Gas in Bakken Shale
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Guest post by Connor Gibson, cross-posted from Polluterwatch.
Two days ago, President Obama denied the permit for the destructive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, much to the dismay of Big Oil's top lobbyist and propagandist. Speaking at the National Press Club to an audience dominated by oil, coal and nuclear representatives and lobbyists, American Petroleum Institute (API) president Jack Gerard continued to lash out at President Obama over the pipeline decision. However, activists attending their event fact checked Jack's big oil talking points.
Shortly after asking the president, "what are you thinking?!" a group of
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: American Petroleum Institute’s Jack Gerard Fact Checked By Activists During Speech
Last week, House Speaker John Boehner’s office released a video that tried to make the case to build the Keystone Pipeline. Mr. Boehner has taken millions of dollars from oil companies and is personally invested in the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline. His video contained more than a few factual errors, so the creative kids [...]