Daily Archives: November 14, 2016

US envoy says climate deal is bigger than any one head of state – BBC News


European and Chinese lead negotiators greet each other enthusiastically at climate talks in Marrakech
By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, Marrakech

The Paris climate agreement will survive a Trump presidency says the US special envoy on climate change Dr Jonathan Pershing.

He was speaking before the arrival of ministers and some heads of state in Marrakech on Tuesday.

They are coming to try to take the next steps to tackle global climate change.

But the meeting has been rocked by the possibility that President-elect Donald Trump will withdraw the US from the pact.

Shape and thrust

US lead negotiator Dr Pershing told a packed news briefing that the passion and dedication displayed in the effort to deliver the Paris treaty was strong enough to withstand the impacts of Trump presidency.

“Heads of state can and will change but I am confident that we can and we will sustain a durable international effort to counter climate change,” he said.

Dr Pershing said that he expected personnel from the Trump transition team to start arriving at the State Department in the coming weeks and they would drive the “shape and thrust” of US diplomacy over the next four years.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump sketched a plan to “cancel” the Paris Agreement and withhold US payments to the UN body tasked with stemming climate change.

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As U.S. Elects Global Warming Denier, Thousands March in Marrakech Calling for Climate Justice

Democracy Now!

Published on Nov 14, 2016

http://democracynow.org – Democracy Now! broadcasts from Marrakech, Morocco, where the second week of the United Nations climate talks have just begun. The conference was jolted last week by Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election, as he has vowed to “cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.” We feature the voices of some of the thousands who marched Sunday for climate justice.

Climate Activist at COP 22: “The Global Community Cannot Allow Trump to Poison These Negotiations”

Democracy Now!

Published on Nov 14, 2016

http://democracynow.org – To discuss the climate talks underway in Marrakech and the significance of Donald Trump’s election, we are joined by Asad Rehman, head of Friends of the Earth’s campaign for international action to prevent dangerous climate. Rehman is based in Britain. Over the weekend, leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage became the first foreign politician to visit Donald Trump at Trump Tower since his election.

The Face of Climate Denialism – Myron Ebell

Rick Piltz

Uploaded on Feb 2, 2012

During CSW Dirctor Rick Piltz’s 1/13/12 appearance on the Al Jazeera English program “Inside Story,” climate change skeptic Myron Ebell accuses environmentalists of steering America toward a North Korean ideal. Dan Weiss, of the Center for American Progress, sets him straight.

Myron Ebell, ICCC10 (Panel 14: Action Items for Policymakers)

The Heartland Institute

Published on Jul 15, 2015

Myron Ebell presents “The Long Slog to Victory” at the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change in Washington, DC June 12, 2015. To watch all presentations from this conference and others, visit ClimateConferences.Heartland.org

COP21: Myron Ebell, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Climate Home

Published on Dec 7, 2015

USA: TRUMP: Noam Chomsky – Who Rules The World Now? The Full Length Interview 2016

Mind Body Spirit

Published on Nov 10, 2016

Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist.

Sometimes described as the “father of modern linguistics”, Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is currently Professor Emeritus, and has authored over 100 books. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and was voted the “world’s top public intellectual” in a 2005 poll.

Born to a middle-class Ashkenazi Jewish family in Philadelphia, Chomsky developed an early interest in anarchism from relatives in New York City. He later undertook studies in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his BA, MA, and PhD, while from 1951 to 1955 he was appointed to Harvard University’s Society of Fellows. In 1955 he began work at MIT, soon becoming a significant figure in the field of linguistics for his publications and lectures on the subject. He is credited as the creator or co-creator of the Chomsky hierarchy, the universal grammar theory, and the Chomsky–Schützenberger theorem. In 1967 he gained public attention for his vocal opposition to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, in part through his essay The Responsibility of Intellectuals, and came to be associated with the New Left while being arrested on multiple occasions for his anti-war activism. While expanding his work in linguistics over subsequent decades, he also developed the propaganda model of media criticism with Edward S. Herman. Following his retirement from active teaching, he has continued his vocal public activism, praising the Occupy movement.

Chomsky has been a highly influential academic figure throughout his career, and was cited within the field of Arts and Humanities more often than any other living scholar between 1980 and 1992. He was also the eighth most cited scholar overall within the Arts and Humanities Citation Index during the same period. His work has influenced fields such as artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, logic, mathematics, music theory and analysis, political science, programming language theory and psychology. Chomsky continues to be well known as a political activist, and a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy, state capitalism, and the mainstream news media. Ideologically, he aligns himself with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.

Chomsky has been known to defend vigorously and debate his views and opinions, in philosophy, linguistics (Linguistics Wars), and politics. He has had notable debates with Jean Piaget, Michel Foucault, William F. Buckley, Jr., Christopher Hitchens, George Lakoff, Richard Perle, Hilary Putnam, Willard Quine, John Maynard Smith, and Alan Dershowitz, to name a few. The Guardian said of Chomsky’s debating ability, “His boldness and clarity infuriates opponents—academe is crowded with critics who have made twerps of themselves taking him on.” In response to his speaking style being criticized as boring, Chomsky said, “I’m a boring speaker and I like it that way. … I doubt that people are attracted to whatever the persona is. … People are interested in the issues, and they’re interested in the issues because they are important.” “We don’t want to be swayed by superficial eloquence, by emotion and so on.”