Stein's ‘Climate Change’ Reality & Responsibility Re Sandy
Last night superstorm Sandy’s ferocious winds found Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein at Boston City Hall plaza making remarks at a 350.org vigil during a campaign stop in her own state. How relevant was that! 350.org an organization dedicated to find global climate solutions. Today Dr. Stein is scheduled to go to Texas to support the Keystone XL pipeline Tars Sands Blockade. Another pro-environment activist movement.
It should make us more than uneasy, especially after the fresh and ferocious extreme weather hammering of “Sandy”, that climate change NEVER came up in the three corporate media “duopolistic” presidential debates. It was passionately addressed at the third party debate provided by alternate media that mainstream media and its corporate overlords kept away from the citizenry.
After all that ignoring of climate change, along comes SANDY!
I’m thinking the ever-worrisome specter of an OCTOBER SURPRISE for both Obama and Romney has turned out to be SUPERSTORM SANDY!
This is what Stein had to say about Sandy and the legacy party candidates’ stances on climate change last night:
"If President Obama's 'all of the above' energy policy is pursued, it's 'game over' for the climate, ... "Romney once was honest about climate, but now is parroting industry lines. Hurricane Sandy is not the first warning we’ve had; let’s not let there be another such warning before we act decisively to move to a new green economy."
From Stein’s website:
“For over a year, leading climate and environmental organizations have complained about the lack of attention paid to climate change by President Obama and Governor Romney.
“Over the past month, Americans were subjected to not one, or two, but three debates where Romney and Obama competed to see who could be more vigorous in pursuing oil drilling, hydrofracking of natural gas, and the use of coal. Obama even attacked Romney for calling for a coal plant to be shut down over health concerns.”
“Meanwhile, drought has blighted 60% of the corn crops in the U.S. and wildfires have turned thousands into refugees. The Arctic ice cap has lost 75% of its ice and dangerous methane gas is seeping out from melting subterranean deposits.
Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala declares: "The President and his Republican challenger are so firmly in the service of the gas, oil, and coal industries that they want to accelerate our plunge down the path of destruction," ... "The only vote that will count for action on climate change in this election is a vote for the Green Party."
Again from Stein’s website:
“At last year’s climate conference in Durban, South Africa, the White House’s team worked to delay the effective date of any international climate treaty until 2020. This will mean eight more crucial years of inaction that scientist universally agree could prove deadly for the planet. In fact, the President is proposing to spend 32 times more on his latest Wall Street bailout initiative, known as Quantitative Easing III, than he is spending on renewable energy.”
JILL STEIN AND CHERI HONKALA are pushing for a 100% renewable carbon neutral economy with FULL employment! The Green New Deal is proposing to create 25 million jobs “in sustainable energy, agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing infrastructure, as well as in social services and public education.”
Stein declares: "When we show that we take the climate crisis seriously enough to vote for the Green option, the power of democracy will be unleashed, and our political system will finally respond to this growing threat."
Unlike Obama and Romney, JILL STEIN IS STRONG ON ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE!!!
Stein herself has noted that the Romney/Obama debates enabled by the Commission on Presidential Debates were the first set of presidential debates since 1984 in which global warming was not mentioned. Stein discloses that in response to such a deliberate anti-reality choice, over 2500 climate activists have signed a statement of support for Dr. Stein and criticizing the failures of the political establishment. You are welcome to add your signature at http://www.jillstein.org/climate.
Here is a profoundly relevant, thoughtful and planet-saving statement on Dr. Jill Stein’s pro-environment platform from her website. Stein talks reality. She talks science. STEIN DEMONSTRATES RESPONSIBILITY -- THAT IS, THE ABILITY TO RESPOND, unlike her corporate-serving legacy party presidential opponents!
Climate change is the gravest environmental, social and economic peril that humanity has ever faced. Across the planet, it is causing vanishing polar ice, melting glaciers, growing deserts, more violent storms, rising oceans, less biodiversity, deepening droughts, as well as more disease, hunger, strife and human misery.
Jill Stein of the Green Party is the only national presidential candidate who shows the commitment needed to address this urgent problem. She supports reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere to below 350 ppm. We urge those who want action on climate change to vote for her on November 6.
Stein's Green New Deal, the cornerstone of her campaign, is a blueprint for action to stop climate change. The massive investment needed to transition to a carbon neutral economy by 2025 will provide the foundation for a revival of the American economy, putting tens of millions of Americans back to work while providing reliable, safe and affordable energy for our future.
Jill Stein supports an annual fund of several hundred billion dollars to invest in clean renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal), public transportation and organic agriculture. It will be funded via taxes on the windfall profits of fossil fuel companies, major cuts in the military budget, a rising fee on carbon emissions, and an end to subsidies on fossil fuels and nuclear power plants.
Stein and the Green Party will shut all oil, coal and nuclear plants by 2025. Dr. Stein will ban mountaintop removal coal mining, the hydrofracking of natural gas and the development of the tar sands oil and Keystone XL. Jill Stein will stop oil drilling off shore, on public lands, under the Great Lakes and in the Arctic.
We have five times as much oil and coal and gas available as climate scientists say that the atmosphere can tolerate. So we must keep 80 percent of those reserves locked away safely underground to avoid a climate disaster. To ensure that this happens, America's energy plan should seek full democratic control over existing fossil fuel supplies and infrastructure.
So, we have a choice. Obama/Romney paths of minimization or denial of climate change or Dr. Stein’s responsible plans for facing a dooming environmental crisis well under way. Again: “Scientists tell us that we now have access to five times more fossil fuels than we can afford to burn without triggering catastrophic climate change.” We have two legacy party candidates who are willing to go for every drop of fossil fuel and hang humanity, hang the planet.
Trust and Vote for Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party. Not just for yourself. For the very survival of your planet!