Monthly Archives: August 2014

How did the Ebola epidemic get out of control so fast?

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Cimate change tops UN summit agenda in Samoa

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Taking From the Many to Give to the Few – David Cay Johnston


Published on Aug 30, 2014

Mr. Johnston, a renowned investigative journalist, says he used to believe if you worked hard you would prosper, but now, there is a completely different environment

LAPD Infiltrators and Agent Provocateurs Targeted Left and Panthers – Johnston on RAI – (2/4)

The Deep State and the Power of Billionaires – David Cay Johnston on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

Pillaging the Public Treasury – David Cay Johnston on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Mainstream Green Is Still Too White – COLORLINES

by Brentin Mock

Tuesday, April 2 2013, 6:30 AM EST Tags: Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Global WarmingLast year was the hottest on record for the continental United States, and it wasn’t an outlier. The last 12 years have been the warmest years since 1880, the year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began tracking this information. And climate scientists predict that the devastating blizzards, droughts, hurricanes and wildfires we’ve been experiencing lately will worsen due to climate change.

In many ways these punishing weather events feel like Mother Nature seeking revenge for our failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the primary cause of global warming. Despite abundant evidence, the U.S. government has yet to pass a law that would force a reduction in these emissions.

During his first term, President Obama did make climate change a priority, both in his campaign and in office. The American Clean Energy and Security Act that Congress produced passed through the House in June 2009 by a narrow margin. Yet the bill never reached a vote in the Senate, and it died quietly.

Environmentalists have been flummoxed ever since. One prominent cause-of-death theory says that large mainstream (and predominantly white) environmental groups failed to mobilize grassroots support and ignored those who bear a disproportionate burden of climate change, namely poor people of color.

With Obama in for a second term and reaffirmed in his environmental commitments, climate legislation has another chance at life. Now, observers are wondering if mainstream environmentalists learned the right lessons from the first climate bill failure and how they’ll work with people of color this time around.

Anatomy of a Conflict

To hear some environmental leaders tell it, their defeat wasn’t due to a lack of investment in black and brown people living in poor and working class communities, but to an over-investment in Obama. For example, Dan Lashof, climate and clean air director for Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), has blamed the president for having the audacity to push health-care reform and he’s pointed the finger at green groups for being too patient with Obama.

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Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Doctors warn of looming Gaza health crisis

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Separate doors for poor and rich spark US debate

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Premiers endorse climate change plan – The Globe and Mail

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, listens to Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the premier’s office in Quebec City. (Clement Allard/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Ontario and Quebec have seized the leadership of a long-promised Canadian energy strategy, shifting the focus to climate change and clean energy from the pipeline agenda.

At the closing session of their annual conference on Prince Edward Island, premiers released the outline of the Canadian Energy Strategy, which every one of them, including Quebec, has endorsed.

For Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec’s Philippe Couillard this is a victory – the plan puts as much emphasis on addressing climate change as it does on the transport and transmission of energy.

Mr. Couillard had indicated he would support the strategy only if climate change and clean energy were included. At the closing news conference, he thanked his colleagues for their collaboration, noting they “made the essential link between environment and energy strategy.”

He also announced he will play host to a climate-change summit next spring in Quebec and all of the premiers are invited.

For several years, the premiers were at odds over the strategy, which was being led by then-Alberta premier Alison Redford, who emphasized the oil sands and transporting oil and gas along pipelines.

At the premiers’ meeting in Halifax two years ago, British Columbia’s Christy Clark refused to participate in a national strategy because of a dispute with Ms. Redford over the Northern Gateway pipeline project. That was eventually resolved – but Pauline Marois, then Quebec’s separatist premier, had refused to sign on.

Change in leadership – Ms. Marois and Ms. Redford are both gone now – has dramatically altered the dynamic around the premiers’ table.

For Ms. Wynne, the agreement reached Friday is “probably the most significant thing that came out of this meeting.”

“I think the fact of having a federalist premier [from Quebec] at the table to take part in something as significant as an energy strategy is a huge step forward,” she said.

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