Ecological Wisdom & the Environment

Green Party challenges State Dept. on conflict of interest in Keystone pipeline impact statement

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on April 2nd, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

green party earthflowerGreens note recent pipeline ruptures, including Friday’s Canadian crude-oil spill in Arkansas

WASHINGTON, DC– The Green Party of the United States has sent the U.S. State Department a strongly worded objection to TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The letter, appended below, cites environmental concerns as well as the conflict of interest that compromises the draft environmental impact statement on which the Obama Administration may base its decision on the pipeline.

The statement, prepared by fossil fuel consultant Environmental Resources Management, was paid for by TransCanada, a probable violation of legal and ethical standards.

The letter to the State Department, which mentions a July 2011 ExxonMobil pipeline rupture that dumped 63,000 gallons of Canadian crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana, was sent just as news was breaking on Friday’s ExxonMobil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, after a pipeline carrying Canadian crude oil ruptured (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57577164/homes-evacuated-after-exxonmobil-oil-pipeline-spill-in-arkansas/). read more »

Jill Stein weighs in on Keystone debate

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on March 18th, 2013 by Doonan – 2 Comments

The Berkshire Beacon
March 18, 2013

Jill Stein arrested protesting Keystone XL

The planet is heating up fast – a scientific study published last week reveals global surface temperatures are the hottest they’ve been in 4,000 years, with the rate of warming over the past century greater than any temperature trend over the past 11,000 years.

And as the Earth heats up, so does the national debate surrounding the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

President Barack Obama is expected to make a decision within the next few months on whether or not to allow the 875-mile northern leg of TransCanada’s pipeline – running from Alberta, Canada into Montana and down through Nebraska – to be built. Keystone XL requires the President’s executive approval because it crosses the U.S – Canadian border.

Pres. Obama, who initially delayed a final decision on the pipeline until after the 2012 election, will make his decision based on recommendations from the U.S. State Department.

The state department released its Environmental Impact Statement on the $3.3 billion dollar pipeline project two weeks ago. The report contends the pipeline would have no significant environmental impact and states that approval or disapproval of the project “is unlikely to have a significant impact on the rate of rate of development in the oil sands.”

If approved by Pres. Obama, Keystone XL would transport 830,000 barrels a day of crude oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The state department’s Environmental Impact Statement follows in the wake of the largest climate rally in history, when over 40,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to demand that Pres. Obama stay true to his words about responding to the threat of climate change by first using his executive authority to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. The rally was organized by the climate non-profit group 350.org in partnership with the Sierra Club, the Hip Hop Caucus and more than 160 other partnering organizations.

Lexington, Mass., resident and Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein attended the Feb.17 Forward on Climate rally. In a pre-rally press event, she described herself as a proponent of real climate solutions, not simply an “all of the above” energy approach favored by Pres. Obama.

“The climate does not like all of the above. The climate does not like fossil fuels, whether you counterbalance it with renewable energy or not. Fossil fuels are deadly for the climate, so it’s very important that we not create new forms of fossil fuel energy,” Stein said in remarks to The Beacon.

U.S. Representative Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) holds a different view: “I strongly support Pres. Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy that seeks to develop every source of energy in the United States. His policies have helped increase our energy security by reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil.

“In fact, domestic oil and natural gas production has reached its highest levels since 2003. And tens of thousands of jobs have been created in the process.”

The congressman did not explicitly state his stance on the Keystone XL pipeline, saying instead, “I agree with Secretary [of State John] Kerry that we must respect the process being conducted by the professional at the State Department before making a final judgment.”

However, Rep. Neal did bring up the pro-pipeline point that approving Keystone XL would help promote U.S. relations with Canada.

“As a college student, I participated in the first Earth Day,” he said. “I have been endorsed by groups like the Sierra Club because of my work in Congress to preserve and protect our environment.

“And in recent years, I have seen tornadoes, hurricanes and floods damage communities across Massachusetts. Climate change is an issue I take very seriously. But I am equally concerned about maintaining a good relationship with Canada, a loyal ally and our largest trading partner.

“It simply would not be in the best interests of the United States if Canadian oil is sold to China. So I agree with Sec. Kerry that we should let the professionals do their job. It is too important of a decision to be made hastily.”

Sec. Kerry has yet to make his recommendation regarding Keystone XL to Pres. Obama, but one candidate hoping to fill Sec.Kerry’s vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts appears to be among those not in favor of the pipeline.

While Ed Markey’s senate campaign could not be reached for comment on the issue, the campaign website does state, “Ed’s also taken on the Republicans’ ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ campaign by opposing the Keystone XL pipeline and helped prevent drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.”

The Keystone XL pipeline decision is solely in the hands of Pres. Obama, and the stakes could not be higher.

As Dr. Stein explained at the Forward on Climate rally, “We’re teetering on the brink right now…Between the heat waves and the storms, the droughts, the rising price of food, let alone the accelerating rise of oceans, we are in very serious trouble with less than one degree Centigrade [of warming], and we’re looking at already at least four to six degrees this century. So we’re basically kissing it goodbye, right now.

“I think it’s a really good time to reevaluate our strategy here…The least evil is still going to kill us. There may be a difference between Democrats and Republicans, but it’s not enough to save our lives, to save our jobs and to save our planet.”

GP meeting location for #ForwardOnClimate

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, General, National Greens on February 16th, 2013 by Doonan – Comments Off

A note was posted Saturday afternoon on www.gp.org giving the location that Green Party Activists will be meeting for the #ForwardOnClimate rally.

Join Greens from around the country this Sunday, Feb. 17 in Washington, DC to be part of the massive Forward On Climate (#ForwardOnClimate) demonstration endorsed by the Green Party of the United States.

WHERE TO MEET: Green Party members and friends will gather at 11:30 AM on Sunday at the carousel in front of the Smithsonian Institution Building (Castle) on the south side of the Mall, at 1000 Jefferson Drive. See Map.

The #ForwardOnClimate Rally begins on the Mall (northeast corner of the Washington Monument) at noon.

The Obama administration has continued to delayed a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. We must demand an outright rejection of tar-sands oil. It’s time to bring renewable energy sources online. Climate Justice Now!

Green Party urges national protest against the proposed Keystone XL and Trailbreaker pipelines

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on February 14th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

The Green Party of the United States is urging party members and all Americans to organize and join various protests against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in the coming weeks, including a major demonstration in Washington, DC, on February 17.

President Obama rejected the initial application for the pipeline in January 2012 but is expected to approve the renewed application. The multi-billion-dollar Keystone XL would connect the tar-sands oil fields in Alberta, Canada (the world’s second biggest pool of extractable carbon) to refineries and seaports in the Gulf Coast. read more »

Jill Stein’s New Ad: “Climate Storm”

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on November 1st, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

Jill Stein Arrested at Keystone Pipeline Protest

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on October 31st, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 5 Comments

From the Washington Post:

By Steven Mufson, Wednesday, October 31, 11:24 AM

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested Wednesday morning in east Texas while attempting to resupply protesters camping out in trees to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, according to anti-pipeline activists.

Opponents of the pipeline have climbed some trees in the path of the pipeline in Winnsboro, Tex., and have been there for 38 days.

Stein was taken to the Wood County jail, said Kim Huynh, a spokesman for the Tar Sands Blockade. Earlier, Stein said in a statement that “the climate is taking this election by storm, breaking the silence of the Obama and Romney campaigns that have been bought and paid for by the oil, coal and gas companies.” She added, “Hurricane Sandy is just a taste of what’s to come under the climate destroying policies of Romney and Obama.”

VP Candidate Cheri Honkala Reporting From Philadelphia

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on October 30th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 2 Comments

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:

From Jill Stein for President

Climate Change Jeopardy with Presidential “Stand ins”

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on October 2nd, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

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.

Green Party Calls for National Climate Action Plan

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on October 1st, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

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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Digital Town Hall Climate Change Meeting With Stein, McKibben, & Beavan

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on September 30th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

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.

Who:

  • 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

Where: http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus read more »

US Senate Candidate Colia Clark on Indian Point Nuke Plant (Video)

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on May 31st, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

Colia Clark, Green Party candidate for US Senate in New York, spoke at an NRC meeting about the Indian Point nuclear reactor.

After Fukushima, Stein calls for 100% renewable energy economy

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on March 12th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

From Jill Stein for President:

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 more »

Green Party blasts Obama, NRC on approval of new nuclear reactors in Georgia

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on February 20th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From Green Party US:

US taxpayers to subsidize the high cost and high liability for the new units, while Southern Co. reaps the profits

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 more »

Green Party to Obama: Whether foreign or domestic, it’s time for America to cut oil and gas from our energy diet

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on January 31st, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

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 more »

Stein: White House role in blocking climate progress “unforgivable”

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on December 13th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

From Jill Stein for President:

Regarding the recently ended Durban climate change talks, Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, issued the following statement this morning:
“Unlike my Republican opponents, President Obama professes to believe in science. He knows that America and the world is rapidly rushing to the catastrophic financial and environmental impacts of climate change, and yet he joins the deniers in blocking action to save our children’s future. read more »