Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is calling for the criminal prosecution of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other public officials who knew about the poisoning of Flint’s water but failed to act. In a release Stein “called for immediate federal and state intervention to resolve Flint’s water crisis” as well as “a massive federal investment in the nation’s crumbling water system.”
Stein said, “The Flint crisis is the logical outcome of decades of betrayal by the bipartisan political establishment serving the economic elite: deindustrialization and disinvestment, abandonment of democracy and neglect of the lives and well being of poor people and communities of color.”
In a Saturday email message, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein writes that as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris “progressed and its final outcome took shape, it became clear that COP21 has failed to take the action necessary to prevent global climate catastrophe.”
Stein continues, “The voluntary, unenforceable pledges being produced by COP21 are entirely insufficient to prevent climate crisis. Scientific analysis shows that these pledges will lead us to 3 degrees centigrade global temperature rise — and that will be catastrophic. … Despite the seriousness of the threat, some of the major polluters remain committed to protecting the fossil fuel industry rather than taking serious action. I include in that group the United States, where President Obama’s promotion of the hydrofracking industry is leading to a spreading cancer of polluted groundwater and fracked gas pipelines.”
Stein says the U.S. “and other industrial nations are failing to adequately fund transition and adaptation efforts in developing countries. It is the US and major industrialized countries that are primarily responsible for climate change. We have both a moral and legal responsibility to compensate other countries for the damages we have inflicted, and to enable them to find sustainable paths to development that will raise their standards of living.”
The Green Party of Ohio is urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio “to reject the deal with FirstEnergy that provides the energy company with income guarantees regarding the operation of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant and the W.H. Sammis coal-fired plant,” the party said.
The Ohio Greens said the “end result of this deal would be increased electric rates for 2 million Ohio customers of FirstEnergy, as they pay extra to subsidize plants that cannot compete on the open market any longer.”
Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare said in a statement, “PUCO’s mission statement says it exists to ensure ‘safe and reliable utility services at fair prices, while facilitating an environment that that provides competitive choices.’ This deal fails on every count. … If the PUCO approves this, it will have betrayed the public in order to benefit FirstEnergy.”
The Boston Globe has a story on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s attendance at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris under the headline “An American Campaigns for President in Paris”.
The Globe writes that according to Stein, “it’s more ‘strategic’ to campaign halfway across the world than in her own backyard, where the lens of the country’s media is trained on New Hampshire with its first-in-the-nation primary in early February.” Commenting on other alternative candidates who have placed their names on the New Hampshire ballot, she said, “These folks are using the machine parties, and they may be libertarian or totally independent or switching around, but they are hanging their hats inside of the machines which gives them the right to be on the ballot.”
Stein added, “The system is very biased against independent voices. The rules in New Hampshire speak volumes for the hurdles put in the way of independent candidates to reach out to voters.”
Global Greens has published a statement calling on governments around the world to “fulfill their collective responsibility for preventing dangerous climate change” at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
Greens from the U.S. attending the summit include presidential candidates Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry and Jill Stein, and national party co-chair Sanda Everette.
Green Party of Washington State Vice Chair Jody Grage was interviewed by Iran’s PressTV about demonstrations at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change that begins Monday in Paris.
Grage said Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein “will be at COP21 as well as some of the Global Greens. They are calling for very specific guidelines for countries and for the developed countries who have contributed more than their share, to also pay more than their share of what it will take to reverse this trend. … I think that the people around the world are becoming more and more determined that something has to be done. I’m a retired teacher and I used to have a banner up in my room that said: ‘Good planets are hard to find.’ And we’re not taking very good care of this one.”
The Green Party of the United States said this week that it hard endorsed the Global Climate March that will take place in Paris on Sunday. The march “will challenge the leaders of 190-plus nations meeting at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) to achieve a legally binding global agreement on post-2020 action to offset the advancing climate crisis.”
GPUS co-chair Audrey Clement, who is co-chair of the party’s Eco-Action Committee, said, “Ratification of a legally binding deal by every nation is absolutely urgent, after the U.S. undermined the Kyoto Protocols and national leaders failed to agree on a legally binding treaty at the 2009 Copenhagen summit.”
Leaders of the Green Party of the United States hailed President Obama’s decision to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying that the credit for the defeat should go to those who kept pressure on the White House, including ranchers, tribal nations, and residents near the pipeline’s route and all those concerned about the effects of fossil fuels on the world’s climate.
Charles Ostdiek, co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S. and of the Nebraska Green Party, said. “This pipeline would have irreparably poisoned our land, waters, and climate. The toxic process of mining tarsands is preventing Canadian First Nations from living according to their traditional ways of hunting and fishing. Running a pipeline through the fragile sandhills would have violated treaty rights with indigenous tribes and property rights of citizens across the Midwest.”
Audrey Clement, co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S. and of the GPUS Eco-Action Committee, said that while the decision was a step forward, the President’s approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would represent a major step backwards. She said, “President Obama’s promotion of the TPP undermines his stated dedication to curbing global warming. The trade pact would grant legal privileges to polluting corporations and jeopardize U.S. jobs, public health and food-safety protections, and open access to the Internet, by trumping the jurisdiction of U.S. courts in these areas.”
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers are among the more than 80 health professionals who have signed an open letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission urging a halt to the approval of new oil and gas infrastructure.
They write in part, “Based on scientific evidence of the health and public safety risks associated with fossil fuel infrastructure such as oil and gas drilling, refineries, pipelines and compressor stations and of their contribution to the further escalation of climate change and its associated risks to public health and safety, there must be a moratorium on new permits and a hold on construction for projects that have not been completed until a plan is made to move completely to energy sources that do not cause harm.”
Julie Dermansky of DeSmogBlog spoke with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about climate change and social justice 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.
In the four-minute segment, Stein said, “You can’t leave social justice out of the climate conversation in New Orleans or anywhere. We must meet human needs at the same time we meet ecological needs. To propose that people are somehow separate from the ecosystem we live in requires a major cognitive disconnect. It’s like saying you can take care of your heart without taking care of your lungs.”