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State Green Parties unite against the pipelines

From Green Party US:

p no kxl green partyWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for the defeat of proposed tar-sands pipelines when the U.S. Senate votes on the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday and opposes alternative plans, including “Energy East,” that would route Canadian oil into the U.S. by pipeline or tanker.

Green Party leaders are encouraging the public to call on Senators to vote nay. If the Senate approves the pipeline, Greens urge President Obama to exercise his veto power.

The Green Parties of Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey have banded together against a proposed fossil-fuel pipeline through the region, calling themselves the Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines, or GASP (https://www.facebook.com/StopThePipelines).

GASP opposes a plan by the six New England governors to spend $6 billion on the Kinder Morgan gas transmission pipeline, which would bring fracked natural gas to export terminals in Maine and Canada.

Greens criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to hold the vote on Tuesday to allow pro-pipeline Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to participate. Republicans in the Senate are determined to approve the pipeline, regardless of Democrats’ positions. (See “Green Shadow Cabinet: Alert: Resist the Dems’ KXL Sneak Attack!” http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2014/11/14/green-shadow-cabinet-alert-resist-the-dems-kxl-sneak-attack/)

“Green Parties across the nation are battling plans for massive investments in fossil fuel infrastructure that, if approved, would sabotage efforts to avert the looming catastrophe of climate change,” said Jill Stein, 2012 Green presidential nominee and a member of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party. Continue Reading

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RI Greens seek 5-state alliance to stop Algonquin Pipeline expansion

p Algonquin-gas-pipelineFrom Green Party US:

The Green Party of Rhode Island is seeking to create a five-state alliance of Green parties (MA-RI-CT-NY-NJ) to STOP the proposed Algonquin Pipeline expansion. This $971 million project has moved into high gear, with a final application now on file at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. There’s been little public comment so far and the opposition, while growing, has been fragmented. Only the Green parties are positioned to quickly ramp up a coordinated, multi-state resistance.

In Rhode Island, the project would make “improvements” to the Burrillville Compressor Station, a rural facility which dramatically increases the transmission pressure of highly explosive gas, and is located adjacent to a fragile state forest, between two streams that feed reservoirs and the Blackstone River / Narragansett Bay watershed. All of this is to get more Marcellus Shale fracked gas from Pennsylvania and points West to Boston. Four even larger compressor upgrades are planned for Connecticut and New York. There is still time to stop this if the Green parties in the Northeast move quickly. Continue Reading

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Green Party Presidential Ticket Qualifies for Rhode Island Ballot

From the Green Party of Rhode Island:

PROVIDENCE, RI (September 12, 2012) — The Green Party of Rhode Island learned on Tuesday that its nearly 2,000 petition signatures have been validated by Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis.

The secretary of state’s certification means Green presidential candidate Jill Stein, and running mate Cheri Honkala, will appear on Rhode Island’s ballot this November.

Michael Narducci, Deputy Director of the state’s Elections Division, told the Greens on Tuesday that far more than the required 1,000 signatures had been certified as of September 11, with the count only partially completed. “The number will grow,” he said, “as more cities and towns bring me their papers.”

Party activists said collecting signatures this year was easier than ever.

“We were surprised how eagerly folks signed the petition to get Jill Stein on the ballot,” observed John Gallagher, who helped spearhead the successful signature campaign. “People are real unhappy with their other choices.”

Nick Schmader, the Greens’ vice chair for peace and diplomacy, said having a Green presidential slate on the Rhode Island ballot will once again “give voters an alternative to the dysfunctional, two-party duopoly.”

Cynthia Osorio Florez, Green Party treasurer, said petitioning was easier because “Lots of Rhode Islanders know that both the Democratic and Republican parties are paid for with corporate sponsorships and millionaires’ donations. Greens don’t take corporate money, period.”

Green Party vice chair Greg Gerritt agreed. “Those parties are dependent on money from the 1%, for their very existence,” he said, “They will never represent millions of desperately poor Americans, nor defend an environment facing unprecedented catastrophe.”

As of September 12, the Stein/Honkala ticket has qualified for the ballot in 33 states and the District of Columbia—far surpassing the minimum number of states for an Electoral College majority.

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Rhode Island Presidential Delegates

The Green Party of Rhode Island at their state meeting this last weekend approved their delegates to the Presidential Nominating Convention. Of their four delegates, 2 will be voting for Jill Stein, 1 for Roseanne Barr, and 1 will be Uncommitted.

According to our unofficial tally, Jill Stein has now locked up 98.5 Presidential Delegates of 131 determined to date.

This coming weekend, State Green Parties will be meeting in Delaware (4 Delegates) and Maryland (6 Delegates).

On May 19th, 35 Delegates are up for grabs in Hawaii, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, and Tennessee.

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Campaign consulting firm for Green candidates established

Former Green Party national co-chair Greg Gerritt of Rhode Island, Green Party mayor of the Village of Greenwich, NY and national party web manager David Doonan and Campaign Foundations and Georgia Green Party co-founder Hugh Esco have founded a new business to help Greens running for office win their elections.

This business, a cooperative, will focus on helping Greens with a wide variety of tasks associated with elections. Taking on such varied responsibilities as helping assemble campaign management teams, starting a fundraising program and website design, the cooperative intends to offer these services to Green candidates at as low a cost as possible. They also intend to offer services in ballot access petitioning.

Gerritt sent GPW a more detailed statement of the cooperative’s plans, which can be read by clicking this article’s headline.

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Would Apes Vote Green? Would Democrats let Nader on the Illinois Ballot without a challenge?

Bits found around here and there:

According to the Providence Journal Bulletin (June 26: “most incumbents to seek re-election”), the Green Party is running Jeffrey Johnson against U.S. House of Representative Democrat James Langevin in the Second CD.

At Ballot Access News, interesting discussion in the comments following the story about the UK Green Party out polling the British Labour Party in a House of Commons Special Election.

The Albuquerque Journal reports on June 25 that New Mexico Green Rick Lass submitted over 3,000 signatures to get on the ballot for a seat on the Public Regulation Commission:

“For too long, these big corporations have been given a free ride by the commission,” Lass said in a news release. “I will be an unwavering advocate for ratepayers, small businesses and our local economies.”

Ralph Nader’s campaign has filed 50,000 signatures to get him on the ballot in Illinois, one of the most difficult states to both get on the ballot and stave off ballot challenges from Democrats.

And finally, the Catholic News Agency is going after the Green Party and Socialists in Spain for supporting the “Great Ape Project”, which the article states will grant Great Apes rights equal to humans. Don’t worry, I’m sure the chimps won’t be given a right to vote. (But if they could… )