Green Party vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala arrives back in Philadelphia after two weeks on the campaign trail just in time to witness the impact of Hurricane Sandy on her hometown. Watch it now:
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New York Greens have fun with Climate Change to point out the similarity between Obama and Romney and the strength of solutions by Jill Stein and the Green Party.
October 1, 2012 in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment
From the Green Party of New York State:
The Green Party of New York today helped coordinate a nationwide day of action around the country to call for action around climate change. A copy of the plan is at www.gpnys.org, as well as below.
In NYS, Green Party events were organized in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Syracuse and Albany. The day was capped with a nationwide Virtual Town Hall meeting with Green Presidential Jill Stein (7 PM EST, livestream.com/greenpartyus), who took questions from participants across the country. The Town Hall was moderated by Colin Beavan, who is running for Congress on the Green line in Brooklyn . Beavan is best known for book and DVD as No Impact Man. Climate change activist Bill McKibben provided an overview of the issue.
The Green Party called for immediate action by Congress and the President to adopt a Climate Action Plan to transition to a carbon free economy by 2025.
“Taking action on climate change now is a win-win. Investment in clean, renewable energy helps the environment, improves the quality of life for average Americans, and is the basis for a job creation boom to put the 25 million plus unemployed back to work,” said Peter LaVenia, Green Party candidate for State Senate from Albany
“And once we move to a renewable energy system, our energy costs will be slashed forever, allowing us to invest in higher wages, better schools, and affordable housing,” he added.
The Climate Action Plan is part of the Green New Deal plan for full employment and economic rights.
Green Party candidates participating in Climate Action Change events today included: Colia Clark (U.S. Senate, NY), Joseph Diaferia (U. S Congress, CD16 Bronx-Westchester), Thomas Siracuse (NY State Senate, SD29 Manhattan-Bronx), Carl Lundgren (NY State Senate, SD34 Bronx-Westchester), Patrick Dwyer (NY State Assembly, AD46 Brooklyn) Daniel Zuger (NY State Assembly, AD85 Bronx).; Ursula Rozum, (Congress, Central NY, 24th CD), Peter LaVenia (State Senate 44th District), and Colin Beavan (Congress, 8th CD Brooklyn).
“The Climate Action Plan is part of the Green New Deal plan for full employment and economic rights,” added Ursula Rozum. Green Party congressional candidate in Syracuse. “The Republicans are climate change deniers while the Democrats are climate change evaders. Both ignore this massive problem at their recent conventions. As climate change disruption becomes more severe, it is time to end the partisan gridlock and debate in Congress and take action. We have the technological ability to move to a carbon free, clean energy system. What we have lacked — and which the Green Party has — is the political will and leadership.”
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Sunday September 30th at 7 EST, 4 Pacific, join Dr. Jill Stein, Colin “No Impact Man” Beavan, and climate change expert Bill McKibben for an online “Town Hall Meeting” on Climate Change. From JillStein.org:
Despite the Democrat and Republican candidates’ near silence on the issue, climate change is happening, the impacts are getting more severe, and it’s not something we can choose to ignore.
Join us online this Sunday, September 30th at 4pmPST/7pmEST to hear how Jill Stein’s Green New Deal would curb climate change and transition the United States to a sustainable economy.
- Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein
- Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, Green Party Candidate for Congress, will moderate the event
- Bill McKibben, author and climate change expert, will offer scientific, non-partisan background on the issue
May 31, 2012 in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment
Colia Clark, Green Party candidate for US Senate in New York, spoke at an NRC meeting about the Indian Point nuclear reactor.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein marked the first anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown, and the resultant deaths and estimated $250 billion in cleanup costs, by calling for a Green New Deal to begin an immediate move to a 100% renewable energy economy. Dr. Stein said the Obama White House “has shown it has learned nothing” by promoting nuclear power plants at a time when much of the world is shifting away from them after the Japanese nuclear disaster.
“A Green president would invest in wind, solar and geothermal, emphasize efficiency and conservation, phase out nuclear power plants, and move to a carbon-free economy to deal with climate change. We would immediately end Obama’s expensive subsidies for nuclear power as well as fossil fuels, and use those funds instead to kick off a job-producing energy program based on clean, safe and renewable energy,” said Stein.
Stein said she would push for the immediate shutdown of the 23 Fukushima-style GE Mark I reactors as the first step in moving to a nuclear-free America. Read the rest of this entry →
February 20, 2012 in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment
From Green Party US:
WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates and leaders strongly criticized a Feb. 9 decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to issue the final license for two new reactors located at the currently operating Vogtle nuclear power plant near Augusta, Georgia.
Greens said that the 2011 Fukushima disaster, with radioactive water and waste continuing to spill into the local environment, proves the need to put nuclear power on permanent hold. Green Party leaders noted that residents near Plant Vogtle claim that some cancers increased after 1987, when the Atlanta-based Southern Company opened the first of the two existing reactors. Read the rest of this entry →
Green Party to Obama: Whether foreign or domestic, it’s time for America to cut oil and gas from our energy diet
January 31, 2012 in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment
WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama’s energy policy shows a dangerous disconnect from the real nature of the current energy crisis, said Green Party candidates and leaders, who promoted the “Green New Deal” as a way to alleviate impending climate change and create millions of new jobs (http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/08/11/62-green-candidates-endorse-green-new-deal).
Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination (http://www.jillstein.org): “With his State of the Union speech, President Obama has adopted the ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ platform of the Republican Party. He has embraced the energy industry position that our public lands and our environment should be sacrificed for the goal of increasing domestic production. This spin ignores the fact that our most pressing problem isn’t foreign oil — it’s what fossil fuels, both foreign and domestic, are doing to our planet. The President’s ‘all of the above’ approach is an alarming denial of the climate emergency we face and the urgent need to substantially reduce the amount of carbon we exhaust into the atmosphere. Our nation and human society around the world are already at serious risk for devastating climate disruption. Obama’s proposals make this risk even worse. With the President’s support of the oil company agenda, the Green Party now emerges as the one clear political voice for a sustainable energy policy that our planet and economy so badly need.” Read the rest of this entry →
From the Green Party of the United States:
WASHINGTON, DC — Six Green mayors have signed on to a joint letter to President Obama from more than 100 mayors expressing grave concerns about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The mayors, representing communities across the US, voiced relief at President Obama’s decision to postpone the decision, as well as hope that the permit for the pipeline will be rejected when it comes up for review after the presidential election.
A summary of the letter, a link to the text, and a list of the mayors can be found online here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/sclefkowitz/over_100_mayors_voice_concern.html
The Green mayors who signed the letter are Larry Bragman (Fairfax, Calif.), Bruce Delgado (Marina, Calif.), David Doonan (Greenwich, NY), Gayle McLaughlin (Richmond, Calif.), Jim Sullivan (Victory, NY), and Jason West (New Paltz, NY). (Mayor Bragman signed after the web site was published.) Read the rest of this entry →
September 30, 2011 in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment
Hot Indie News reports:
Green Parties in several states are co-sponsoring and hosting a ‘No Nukes Tour’ of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida from Monday, October 3, to Saturday, October 8.The No Nukes Tour, with the slogan “Organize the South!”, will feature Green activist and candidate Howie Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins has been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent politics and against nuclear power since the late 1960s.
The tour will kick off with a press conference at 10 am at the Raleigh Old State House in North Carolina.
August 24, 2011 in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment
“This event affirms that reactors located outside active earthquake zones are also at risk and that increased steps to protect against earthquakes must be implemented at all sites. It is time to push aside industry and NRC foot-dragging and strengthen nuclear reactor safety regulations.”
July 19, 2011 in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment
From the NBC affiliate WREX:
ROCKFORD (WREX) -The Illinois Green Party wants people to be more aware of the dangers of nuclear energy.
Director of Nuclear Energy Information Service Chicago Dave Kraft says residents and lawmakers should be concerned because Illinois has four reactors the same type and vintage as the ones in Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Kraft said today was a chance to raise awareness in political circles about the state of nuclear energy in Illinois and hopefully inspire legislators to take a hard look at safety at our nuclear reactors.
He said it’s also time to consider alternative sources of energy and cut our dependence on nuclear energy.
The UK Huffington Post has this piece about popular Green Party Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas in the United Kingdom. Lucas is the first Green to get elected to Parliament in the UK.
Shortly after making history, Caroline Lucas gave a speech on Glastonbury’s pyramid stage, called for drugs to be decriminalised and won the Spectator’s much-coveted parliamentarian of the year award.
It’s been a busy year for Britain’s first Green MP – and she’s not planning to slow down. Her next project is shaking up the green movement, who she admits have “failed a little bit” to engage the public.
“Until recently I think the wider green movement and the green party included in it were too much focused, understandably, to waking people up to the climate crisis that would be rather than attracting people by painting a positive picture of what a zero carbon economy could look like. And I think fear isn’t a great motivating influence.”
For her, the green movement is about improving people’s lives – tackling the problem of fuel poverty, creating jobs and growth.
“Instead of just saying ‘we’ve got to act because climate change could be dreadful’, we’ve got to act because this could be a way of creating lots of jobs and also insulating lots of people’s homes and reducing their fuel bills so they’re not living in poverty and dying prematurely.
“I think we’ll have a much better job of doing it if we don’t always talk about the doom and gloom and hairshirts. The sense that the climate change agenda is one about doing without and giving things up is a very negative agenda. It turns people off.”
Sitting at a desk crowded with annotated print outs from bill sub-committees she speaks quickly, offering to help clarify quotes if my dictaphone can’t pick up it all up.
The sense of urgency is understandable. For Lucas, climate change has been relegated down the political agenda – and it’s up to her to tackle that within parliament as the most powerful representative of the green movement in the country.
“It’s just crazy”, Lucas says, that the Government aren’t instigating a 1930s style New Deal for green energy.
“We know climate change is happening, we know what is causing it, we know what we need to do to address it. What’s lacking isn’t the technical knowledge, it’s not even the money actually it just comes down to the political will to say ‘this is a priority’.”
She believe it comes down a Catch 22. Lucas thinks the politicians are waiting for the public pressure to act, whilst the public assume if it were serious the politicians would be acting already.
“That’s such a dangerous conclusion to draw because it is that serious and politicians aren’t doing something about it and they’re not doing anything about it because they don’t feel under the pressure from the public.”
Read the entire article here.
A press release from the Green Party of the United States:
Puerto Rico’s colonial status must be replaced with self-determination and independence, say Greens
Green Party Speakers Bureau: Greens available to speak on ecological sustainability and global warming:http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-ecological.php
WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party has joined Puerto Ricans protesting a proposal by Gov. Luis Fortuño to construct a huge natural gas pipeline that would endanger Puerto Rico’s communities and ecosystems. Green Party leaders said that the problem of Puerto Rico’s high electric bills and dirty air from burning oil must be resolved through alternative energy instead of burning another fossil fuel.
“Everything about the project is wrong, beginning with Gov. Fortuño’s Orwellian name for the pipeline — the ‘Green Way’ [Via Verde]. A pipeline that threatens people living nearby and damages green mountains is not green, by any stretch. The top contract for the $450 million pipeline has been awarded to a company with no experience constructing pipelines. It’s a corrupt deal to benefit a favored corporation,” said Rosa Clemente, the Green Party’s 2008 nominee for Vice President. Ms. Clemente is Puerto Rican.
The contractor, Gas Natural de Puerto Rico, is also seeking tax exemption, while the bill for the pipeline will be covered by Puerto Rican taxpayers (“Pide exención contributiva al Gobierno,” Perla del Sur, http://www.periodicolaperla.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2585:pide-exencion-contributiva-futuro-usuario-del-gasoducto-del-norte&catid=81:locales&Itemid=198).
For more information on the serious risks of the pipeline, see “Casa Pueblo: scientific paper on the pipeline,” RedBetances.com (in Spanish) (http://www.redbetances.com/component/content/article/51-en-portada/390-casa-pueblo-html).
“Puerto Rico’s colonial status makes it especially vulnerable to the kind of corporate influence, official corruption, and disregard for the well-being of residents and the environment in evidence now with the pipeline proposal. Puerto Ricans were also forced to accept weapons testing by the US Navy on the island of Vieques, until widespread protests shut down the firing range in 2003. The Green Party supports the efforts of Puerto Ricans to stop this misnamed gas pipeline, and we support self-determination, independence, and democratic sovereignty for the people of Puerto Rico,” said Michael Canney, Florida Green and member of the Green Party’s International Committee (http://www.gp.org/committees/intl).
Green Party leaders said that the Puerto Rico’s energy problems must be solved by diversifying energy sources (excluding nuclear power), aggressive energy conservation and efficiency, and finding ways to reduce the island’s reliance on expensive fossil fuels. The top priority, in Puerto Rico and throughout the world, must be protection of the health of humans, other living beings, and ecosystems and action to curb the advance of global warming.
On May 9, the Jacksonville office of the US Army Corps of Engineers, in an unprecedented move, removed all documents related to the permitting process for the Via Verde pipeline from the Corps’ San Juan office and transferred jurisdiction to Florida. (http://www.facebook.com/note.php?created&¬e_id=118899578193054&id=109915969091415) This decision leaves the San Juan Office, which has spent six months evaluating the project, without jurisdiction. It also distances the people of Puerto Rico from the permitting process. Greens urge the US Army Corps of Engineers to return jurisdiction to its Puerto Rico office, and to decline approval for the project.
“While Gov. Fortuño is promoting Via Verde, President Obama is calling for expanded domestic drilling for oil, with more drilling in Alaska, Atlantic coastal areas, and the Gulf of Mexico. The problem isn’t just dependence on foreign oil, as the President seems to think. The problem is the US’s addiction to fossil fuels regardless of their source, with a US energy policy driven by corporate greed rather than the public interest. Increased drilling and new pipelines are insane in the context of climate change and last year’s BP oil spill disaster,” said Hector Lopez, Connecticut Green and member of the International Committee.
Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org