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A small minority of Senators robbed America of a cleaner, more prosperous future last week. In the middle of the biggest oil disaster in American history, the hottest summer on record, and a war with an oil-rich nation, this group of cynics blocked READ->


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Ben O (129)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 12:45 pm
"I remember the last time our nation came this close to embracing clean energy -- back in the late 1970s. I hope my children don't have to wait another 35 years to seize the moment once again, because that moment, that opportunity might not be there"
(Robert Redford)

Ben O (129)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 12:56 pm
"God bless America!" 5% of the population on this Planet of ours, consuming 25% of all energy.
It would be OK if we had five more Planets Earth...
Eh, DAMMIT, we're screwed anyway, so drill, baby drill!!!

Barbara K (62)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 1:48 pm
Not much can get accomplished in the Senate until the NO Party is shown the door. They vote NO on every single piece of legislation that would help us, the voters, the taxpayers, the citizens of this country. The fact that their NO vote is detrimental to us is nothing but collateral damage to them. After all, what can we expect from them when they refer to the citizens as "the lesser ones", even in the Senate Chamber.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 2:59 pm
This country is going to "hell in a handbasket" and the politicians are carrying it there! 'The elected officials who steered this turnaround have abdicated their responsibility to uphold our nation's best interests, and have shown us, and the world, an America woefully deficient in both leadership and ingenuity. Yet a handful of politicians decided they didn't want to represent the will of the people. Given the chance to invest in American jobs and reduce dangerous pollution, they chose instead, to focus on their own interest and self-preservation.' Isn't that the F'ing truth!!!!! Both parties inability to work TOGETHER, the endless tearing each other down, and the constant bickering is ruining our government!!!! Then, to boot, they basically stick their nose up in the air and tell us, the people who pay their salaries, to go "F" off!!!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 3:48 pm
Noted. I wonder if Care2 could provide some figures on how many of their members are in the US...and are concerned about the environment....and their distribution around the country. Maybe if there are enough of us, we could form another party and nominate Robert Redford for president. We already had one actor as a president...why not another?

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 4:41 pm
Right on Olivia! At least Redford is cuter & Progressive!:) And maybe HE could ACT Presidential!

Linda G (187)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 8:20 pm
While I am disgusted with the party of No, I can at least admire their united front to oppose anything Democrats and the Obama Administration wants. They may be wrong but they stand strong. Who I am most disgusted with are the moderate Democrats who put their fear based agenda ( of Fox Cable, of the Tea Party, of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh) ahead of the will of those who elected them and ahead of their promises to work for a strong climate and clean energy bill. They are wimps of the first order and I am ashamed of them. Public servants do not seem to exist anymore... they have become politicians first and foremost. And I just hate being so damn cynical!

Carmen S (69)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 10:30 pm
Wimps they are, and should be ashamed of calling themselves Democrats.

William K (308)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 12:12 am
A well written article.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Let's get back in there with another bill that has what needs to be in it, and let's all fight for its passage.

Melissah C (389)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 12:40 am

Richard Wilson (88)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 1:27 am
noted and thanks Kit............

Norm C (74)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 1:58 am
I wish we would stop calling the DINOs and corporate Democrats, "moderates". They are not and never have been moderate. They are corrupt for the most part; they are, being as charitable as possible, certainly conservative. They have legitimized everything the Greedy Oily Perverts have done to wreck our country. Almost everything the Blue Dogs and their Senate allies have touched, they have turned to mush and made worthless.

We need to replace them. We need to challenge them in the primaries.

We have one Senate race this November in which we already beat the DINO. I refer, of course, to Joe Sestak's primary win over Arlen Specter. We must send a clear signal to Democratic Party leadership that progressives can win elections. Pennsylvania progressives MUST show up to vote for Joe. We have to prove to the DLC types that becoming Repulican-lite is a road to futility and disaster.

Thomas C (116)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 3:14 am
All the time politicians are on the payroll of big oil, big pharma or big ag etc nothing will be done that threatens that financial relationship even if the linkage is blocked from our view as it mostly is!

JustaHuman Here (53)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 3:38 am
Just go on and let these politicians make decisions about your life....

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 4:10 am
I always did like Robert Redford. Maybe you're right, Olivia and Yvonne. Redford could take over where Nader left off.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 8:12 am
My thought on this is that we - that is all of us, world wide; do now and have lived under an Oligarchy. Though we choose to ignore this reality, it does not cease to exist. There are companies in America and around the world with one or two owners, these people hire from the community, pay fair wages and make a reasonable profit. An example comes to mind an owner of a recycled steel mill in Arkansas, this steel is not produced by means of billows of toxic fumes pumped out to atmosphere but rather creates the needed heat by electrical infusion. This man and his company, though badly hit by "the crash" last year, could not get any help from the government. He is not a mega-multi-national corporation, therefore NOT to big to fail. This man is not a part of the upper 2-10% of the world's wealth, however those who are, become crowned with the label "To big to fail." I ask, is this not a syllogism meant only to create fear that should these companies be allowed to fail all of life as we know it will fall at our feet? Is this not just an excuse to disperse monies to the that elite I refer to as the Oligarchy? Question: Since the infamous "bail-out" have millions of unemployed found jobs? Other then reinforcing the once criminal practices of fleecing the public, what did the bail out accomplish? It did the job it was designed to do, fill the pocket of those who had engaged in dangerous and fool hardy business practices that came dangerously close to failure. Should that complete failure occurred would not the Oligarchy then be forced to use personal funds to begin to rebuild? Is that not in keeping with the ideals of capitalism; the one true god of American business?

Yes, I do believe as you said, Bill. there is blatant evidence that both parties are dissembling, not because of deep differences; rather that the future goals are one in the same. Keep the people distracted, and fighting and perhaps only a few will notice that each day a few more human rights dissolve in favor of the power elite, a structure that our founding fathers found so distasteful that each gave warning about this inevitable growth of power over the individual. It takes the will and strength of the people to rise up and fight this, and I wonder if the will or desire to find common ground still can be found in large enough numbers to stop this before nothing is left but the history of a once great country. Right - Left - or Middle, I do believe all people want and desire to live in peace, to work and provide for their families, to have a government that does not tell us but does in fact ask us about what to do in any given situation. (I am intentionally avoiding a discussion about fanatics)

If you want a cleaner world, if you desire for the future generations to have clean air, fresh water, natural foods, and a place not so over populated that no quality of life is possible, then we all must come together as a force that demands change. Oligarchies have been toppled before - people reorganize and begin a's a matter of choice. Currently our choice seems to be to complain, to spew anger on a blog, occasionally gather in the streets, but with no discernible agenda. To dislike a sitting president is almost irrelevant, to understand that he only represents those truly in power is anyone and often more difficult concept - one wishes to hate or love the leader of their "party" - few wish to look more deeply at the national and global situations.

Debra Van Way (12)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 8:20 am
First off-people running for office or in office shouldn't be allowed to accept money or benefits of any kind from any corporations, period. I don't care what party it is, representatives should be working to protect the environment not big oil, coal, etc. My state has been ruined by our own representatives. Our "representatives" have done little to our benefit or that of future generations. Year after year has passed with nothing done to prevent global warming or protect the environment. Gah! They don't care what the people want. They prefer to be self serving.

Lynne L (71)
Thursday July 29, 2010, 3:23 pm
keep all this in mind when you hit the voting booth. progress will be made only when we excise these political cancers from our society.

Laurie IS AWAY S (128)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 4:53 pm
Great article & comment Kit :)
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