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Is Obama About to Blow His Climate Credentials?

Environment  (tags: climate change, obama, climate inaction, silence, environment, destruction, planet, corporate profits, capitalism, people vs government, people vs corporations, people power, tar sands, fossil fuels, protest )

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"The US president could be poised to approve the doubling of imports of tar sands oil, one of the filthiest fuels on Earth."

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Cal Mendelsohn (1028)
Monday January 28, 2013, 2:59 pm
Great article Brian. I'll promote this one for You.

Brian M. (210)
Monday January 28, 2013, 3:07 pm
Thanks, Cal.

We have the best government that big oil can buy: the two party corporate cabal shoves toxic capitalism down the throats of the apathetic 99% to benefit the profit margin of the elites. Thus, runaway climate change is all any of us can expect.

We need more blockaders, more citizen journalists, more protesters, and more leftists demanding accountability from those in the moderate Republican party(i.e. the Democrat Party) for passing off a right of center corporatist as a progressive. This faux progressive is only slightly better than the insanitea extremists: we sit and do nothing only to risk the future of us all.

pam w. (139)
Monday January 28, 2013, 3:18 pm
We'll see, won't we?

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday January 28, 2013, 3:36 pm
That Obama would approve it after the elections are over would not surprise me. He so much as said he was just kicking the final decision down the road. I know everyone was Party loyal, be they Republican or Democrat, each side fearing the other would win and that the end of this Country as we knew it would happen. Both were correct in that assessment; neither major Parties were strong environmental Candidates. Is why I voted for Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, a strong environmental Candidate. We need to get in Independent and 3rd Party Candidates at all levels of Government that will give these two sold out Parties that dance for the Plutocrats a run for their money.

John B. (122)
Monday January 28, 2013, 3:57 pm
Thanks Brian for the link to the article by Fred Pearce and to Cal for the heads ups on this. The Fossil Fuel industry definitely has a stranglehold on the politicians. the proposal that Mr. Schellnhuber is pushing to hold shareholder of these companies liable just might work but requires time to implement and I honestly don't think we have that time to spare. All of us who realize the danger the Keystone XL poses need to make our voices louder in protest and tell our elected officials if the pipeline is approved their political careers are over and they have committed political suicide. I was also pleased to note that Mr. Pearce provided the link to the
Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research paper in the article, which was quite enlightening. Read and noted.

Darlene W. (287)
Monday January 28, 2013, 3:57 pm
So agree with you all--Brian, Cal, Dandelion--so sad the way this country is going--all at the expense of we 'the people' so satisfy their gluttony. Bless all who actually care-the rest will get theirs in the end.

Christeen Anderson (606)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:11 pm
I certainly hope not but at this point in time nothing surprises me. Thank you.

Carol H. (229)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:38 pm
noted, thank you

Dave C. (233)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:51 pm
it is the paradox he has faced......for humans, doing what is right for others and the future is tough and the greed and ease of continuing same old practices is very difficult to overcome.....but I'm not giving up.....I can't, I have children who will have to deal with the future....

Laurie H. (765)
Monday January 28, 2013, 7:40 pm
Definitely noted and appreciated, Brian. ~~

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (292)
Monday January 28, 2013, 7:47 pm
This does not surprise me at all much to my disgust

Beth S. (337)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:34 pm
Between the companies' incompetence in preventing spills and the possibility of Islamic terrorism, which has a record of bombing pipelines, this is certainly cause for nervousness and reconsideration.

. (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:31 pm
Good article. Noted. Thanks Brian

Raluca Anghel (84)
Monday January 28, 2013, 11:31 pm
noted, thanks!

Judy C. (102)
Monday January 28, 2013, 11:32 pm
I hope everyone paid attention to these 3 paragraphs from the article:

"What might free us from this addiction? With politicians weak, an obvious answer is to hold companies more financially accountable for environmental damage, including climate change. But Schellnhuber says this won't be enough unless individual shareholders become personally liable, too.

Here, he says, the problem is the public limited company (PLC), or publicly traded company in the US, which insulates shareholders from the consequences of decisions taken in their name. Even if their company goes bankrupt with huge debts, all they lose is the value of their shares. The PLC was invented to promote risk-taking in business. But it can also be an environmental menace, massively reducing incentives for industries to clean up their acts.

"If shareholders were held liable," he says, "then next time they might consider the risk before investing or reinvesting." More importantly, it could prevent us being locked into 20th century technologies that are quite incapable of solving 21st century problems. Fat chance, many might say. But just maybe Keystone XL and its uncanny ability to draw global attention will help catalyze growing anger at the environmental immunity of corporate shareholders."

The information in these paragraphs has been missing in anti-pipeline discourse. It certainly needs to be pointed out more. This lack of liability ensures irresponsible corporations will have little problem finding investors. This is not acceptable.

As for Obama having any real environmental credibility, it's pretty flimsy at best. Thanks Brian, and thanks Cal for pointing this article out.

Traci Phillips (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 11:33 pm
Is there anything Obama isn't about to blow?

Giana Peranio-Paz (414)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:19 am
We must do all we can to prevent this Keystone XL deal from materializing!

Nimue Pendragon (297)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:13 am

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:21 am
Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:21 am
In voting in the last election I chose the presidential candidate and also chose a Green Party Senator. I knew my vote would likely be wasted, but I had to try to support a forward looking candidate. This is a sad development for us all.

John Gregoire (272)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:40 am
Good article! I echo many of the above comments. Obama has never been an environmental supporter and we all predicted his flip on this and other important issues should he be elected. That's why we voted for a third party!

divergent revolution (333)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:02 am
Brian and Cal

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:06 am
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Patricia Cannell (786)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:11 am
Noted. Thanks Brian.

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:25 am

There is something about this ongoing discussion of what Obama will or will not do, if he has good intentions or a sell out, that reminds of a quote from Friar Thomas Merton, it was either in late 1961 or in early 1962, when he was asked about whether or not JFK could or would be a man of peace. Merton replies that should something happen to bring JFK to the threshold of truly understanding and trying to create a world of peace, he would be assassinated. I think that those who know history, and Obama mostly certainly knows history, this must linger in the minds of all presidents.

Brian M. (210)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:33 am
Heidi H., thank you for throwing your support behind a real progressive party, the Green Party. If the last four years have proven anything, it would be that this nation has two Republican parties. One is the right-wing extremist party commonly known as the Republican Party. The other is that moderate Republican party more commonly known as the Democrat Party. Both parties are still drifting further and further right. The left has been shut out of the political process. Many on the left were either cowed or duped into voting for right of center, war-mongering, toxic capitalist and faux progressive that presently sits in office.

If environmentalists, social activists, and other progressives are to have any hope of moving this nation forward (Remember when forward meant something more than a cheap, cynical political slogan?), then we are going to have to smash the two-party cabal and open the system up to parties that actually represent the people and the planet.

. (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:36 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 11:55 am
Noted, thanks.

Pamela C. (75)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:31 pm
The author is right, we need to hold the shareholders responsible.

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:51 am
I've been reading about many protests planned regarding this. There are many environmental groups taking all the legal steps they can in any and every possible way to stop, or at least slow down, the process. Many brave people are putting their physical bodies on the line to fight as well. I've signed many petitions and sent many letters...and they're not going to stop. We can't give up, but continue to press forward speaking truth to power.

Brian M. (210)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:29 pm
You are absolutely right, Lois. We must keep pushing until the government listens to the will of the people and takes real action to combat climate change.

Alice C. (1797)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 12:20 am
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