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So-Called 'Grassroots' Opposition to Clean Energy Reform Bankrolled By Foreign Oil, Petro-GovernmentClean energy legislation passed by the House, now pending in the Senate, faces fierce opposition from the proprietors of fossil fuel companies, and much has been reported on how domestic oil and coal companies have flooded the debate with money, lobbying, and misinformation. These opponents of clean energy reform claim to be “standing up” for American jobs and security. However, according to an investigation by ThinkProgress, many of the lobbyists and right-wing operatives engineering the attacks on clean energy reform either work directly for petro-governments, or work for companies in the business of importing foreign oil:
– Nigeria’s Bayelsa State, the region of the country producing much of its crude oil, is registered with the Carmen Group as its representative in DC. The Carmen Group is run largely by lobbyist David Keene, who also manages the American Conservative Union. Keene has lobbied against clean energy reform and used his conservative organization to generate “grassroots” opposition to legislative efforts to move away from a fossil fuel based economy. Although the extent to which the Carmen Group “provide[s] general representation before the United States Congress” is unclear — as Justice Department disclosures indicate — the Nigerian state has lavished Carmen group lobbyists with $903,450 in payments since 2006. According to a report produced Monday by the State Department, Nigeria is at risk of becoming a haven for terror and extremism. In the past, Keene, the coordinator of the CPAC convention, has been caught auctioning off conservative grassroots support to his corporate lobbying clients for as much as $2 million dollars.
– The lobbyist-run front group Americans for Prosperity is perhaps the most active anti-clean energy group in the country. In addition to working furiously to orchestrate anti-clean energy themed tea parties, Americans for Prosperity is running anti-clean energy legislation ads, anti-climate change science ads, and is even barnstorming around the country with anti-clean energy “hot air” rallies. The organization was founded and is bankrolled by David Koch of Koch Industries, a major refiner of oil. Through Koch Industry subsidiaries — Koch Supply & Trading and Flint Hills Resources — Koch imports crude oil from a variety of foreign sources, including from Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.
– Currently, FreedomWorks is focusing their energy activism on supporting the status quo reliance on fossil fuels. Throughout 2009, as FreedomWorks leader Dick Armey organized tea party opposition to clean energy reform, he simultaneously worked for the lobbying firm DLA Piper on the account of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. According to disclosure forms filed with the Justice Department, the UAE paid Armey’s lobbying firm at the time to help maintain the “development of UAE energy resources, which represent about 10 percent of global oil reserves.”
– Oil companies have attempted to demonstrate popular support for fossil-fuel dependence by hosting “Energy Citizen” rallies around the country, where employees of oil companies are bused in for large events. The “Energy Citizen” website claims that converting a clean energy economy would mean “less energy independence.” Ironically, the main sponsor of the Energy Citizen effort is the American Petroleum Institute, which is a trade association for companies like Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and Sunoco. These companies, in turn, are highly dependent on foreign oil imports — from countries including Algeria, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Libya, and Venezuela. For perspective, Exxon Mobil imports 27%, Valero 29%, and Chevron 36% of its oil from Persian Gulf countries alone
More at the link above:Clean energy legislation passed by the House, now pending in the Senate, faces fierce... more
"Radical Abundance: How We Get Past 'Free' and Learn to Exchange Value Again"
Posted before by "Asherp" in three different posts:
This is a new speech made by the author Douglas Rushkoff.
Listen to this and watch all videos at the links above for more.
How corporations and our current monetary system have brought society to be enslaved like.
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer, it all started in the Renaissance with monarchy and monopoly.
He offers solutions and a new, alternative currency, the one based on exchange and connection.
Restoring a sense of self worth, wealth and joy in our lives.
I personally think that this is the kind of revolution we need to solve many if not all troublesome aspects of our World, including the Environmental one.
In a society where corporations and monopoly can't be allies of our government, where power doesn't belong to a few and greediness can' t camouflage as "capitalism", our environment (Alternative energies, Organic and natural agriculture practices, focus on renewable resources etc) would be safeguarded and ignited.
http://current.com/groups/organicgreen/"Radical Abundance: How We Get Past 'Free' and Learn to Exchange Value... more
Mexico is filled with history, tradition, and celebrations. In the state of Guanajuato lies the town of San Miguel De Allende. It was recently named a World Heritage site and was directly involved with Mexico's Priest Miguel Hildalgo and General Ignacio Allende finally gaining its independence from Spain on September 16th 1821 after 11 years of war. Local Lorenzo Almaguer explains some of the favorite local traditions, how San Miguel De Allende came to be, and what to expect from the Independence day festivities, one of the most popular in Mexico.Mexico is filled with history, tradition, and celebrations. In the state of Guanajuato... more
On the 140th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, let us remember his legacy of love, peace, and the physical manifestation of the higher consciousness we all strive to reach. There was no one like him.
And if you would like to, please keep this thread going with information, dedications, and sayings of this great spiritual leader.On the 140th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, let us remember his legacy of... more
Once upon time we were taught that our white knight would save us from all of from the “bad” guys. Sometimes the very guy you look to to save you from the bad guys is the bad guy.Once upon time we were taught that our white knight would save us from all of from the... more
A Scottish oil fund is a simple concept - tax revenues from the North Sea are invested now to provide a permanent source of wealth long after the oil and gas are gone.
Norway has done it and that fund is now worth £213 billion. Alberta in Canada and Alaska in the US have done it. In fact, the UK is practically alone among countries with major oil and gas reserves in not creating an oil fund.
For 40 years Scotland's oil has fuelled our economy, attracted investment, provided jobs and brought prosperity to the UK.
There are at least 25 billion barrels left to be recovered, worth hundreds of billions of pounds in revenue.
Check out the people's opinion on the site. It varies from: all for it to absolutely no way! I feel that if the oil was harvested in England there wouldn't be an issue, England would recieve the benefits. But we have to move away from this energy source eventually anyway, hence why Scotland is leading the way with renewables.A Scottish oil fund is a simple concept - tax revenues from the North Sea are invested... more
John Adams was a man of conviction, principles and a staunch advocate of freedom. Though he did not get the accolades the other founders did regarding writing the Declaration of Independence and using his passion to inspire others to declare independence from the floor of the Continental Congress he nevertheless deserves just as much credit for being one of the main founders of our country. He was also the son of a farmer and one himself. He and his wife, Abigail were the first residents of the first White House and planted the first garden on the White House lawn. His farm in Massachusetts, Peacefield was where he retired to upon leaving political life and where he died on July 4th, 1826 not long after Thomas Jefferson died the same day.
Contrary to what many believe John Adams was not a "rich white aristocrat" who had slaves and hated blacks. He and his wife Abigail abhored the practice and out of that principle refused to have slaves and thus did all of their own farming and the upkeep of their property. Abigail was actually intrumental in the farming of their property, especially while John was across the sea in France negotiating help from the French for the Revolution ( which didn't go too well for him.)
I mention this because two other threads I have posted here regarding Thomas Jefferson (who BTW, inherited his slaves from his father and worked his whole life to end the practice even writing it as the first line in his draft of the Declaration only to be advised against it by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams for fear of the declaration in its entirety not passing in the South) and George Washington (who also found the practice abominable and like Jefferson believed the slaves with them were actually safer under their care rather than being released (which may be a convoluted way of thinking to some but in reality in that period of time and under the circumstances was the unfortunate reality) have been hijacked by attempts to divert from the topic of these threads which was the freedom agriculture brings to the human soul and how that freedom is one that must be established in all facets of life for ALL people in order for us to be truly free.
The early history of this nation is by no means perfect nor were they, but the men who wrote and ratified the Declaration of Independence by putting their very lives and all they had on the line to bring it about for the most part were men who did believe that in time what they had started would hopefully be built upon. This was no small task, and they deserve at the very least our thoughts and our gratitude.
And those who did much of the hard labor in growing the seeds that fed this nation also deserve our respect and gratitude on the commemoration of the birthday of America and beyond as well. To acknowledge the brilliant men who did not know what storm would come by their actions is in no way to dismiss those of all races and creeds who also worked to shape America.
Thank you.John Adams was a man of conviction, principles and a staunch advocate of freedom.... more
As July 4th is this weekend, and as we know our Founding Fathers not only cultivated wisdom and individual freedom but also crops, the Sustainable Agriculture Channel will be paying tribute to our Founding Father Farmers now through July 4th. Various articles and other entries will be posted regarding their love for agriculture and how agriculture corrolates to the individual freedom that is our right.
This entry is about Thomas Jefferson and his farm at Monticello which became his life's work among all his other pursuits. For me the freedom to grow your own food on your own piece of land is the essence of personal freedom.
Thank you to Thomas Jefferson and the legacy that he left behind that was not only one that will live forever on paper, but in the fields of Monticello.
http://current.com/topics/86293911_sustainable-agriculture/As July 4th is this weekend, and as we know our Founding Fathers not only cultivated... more
Four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat on the eve of the withdrawal of American troops from Baghdad and other Iraq cities, the U.S. military said, as Iraqi forces on Tuesday assumed control for security in urban areas.
The U.S. military said the four soldiers served with the Multi-National Division-Baghdad but did not provide further details pending notification of their families. It said they died as a "result of combat related injuries."
The withdrawal that was completed on Monday is part of a U.S.-Iraqi security pact and marks the first major step toward withdrawing all American forces from the country by Dec. 31, 2011. President Barack Obama has said all combat troops will be gone by the end of August 2010.
The Iraqi government has named June 30 "National Sovereignty Day" and declared a public holiday.
President Jalal Talabani said the day could not have happened without the help of the United States, which invaded Iraq in 2003 and ousted Saddam Hussein — who was later convicted by an Iraqi court and executed in Dec. 2006.
"While we celebrate this day, we express our thanks and gratitude to our friends in the coalition forces who faced risks and responsibilities and sustained casualties and damage while helping Iraq to get rid from the ugliest dictatorship and during the joint effort to impose security and stability," Talabani said.
Describing June 30 as a "glorious page" in Iraq's history he warned that "security will not be achieved completely without proper political environment and without a real national unity and reconciliation."
Iraq marked the day with an overnight display of fireworks, while thousands attended a party in a park where singers performed patriotic songs.
The midnight handover to Iraqi forces filled many citizens with pride but also trepidation that government forces are not ready and that violence will rise. Shiites fear more bombings by Sunni militants; Sunnis fear that the Shiite-dominated Iraqi security forces will give them little protection.
If the Iraqis can hold down violence in the coming months, it will show the country is finally on the road to stability. If they fail, it will pose a challenge to Obama's pledge to end an unpopular war that has claimed the lives of more than 4,300 U.S. troops and tens of thousands of Iraqis.Four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat on the eve of the withdrawal of American... more
The Obama administration has decided to rescind invitations to Iranian diplomats for July Fourth celebrations because of violent crackdowns against protesters in Iran though Iranians could celebrate at overseas posts as part of the president’s policy of engaging the Iranian regime.The Obama administration has decided to rescind invitations to Iranian diplomats for... more
Who knew Greenland was effectively a colony? In fact, who knows much of anything about Greenland?
It’s one of those places that’s hardly ever in the news. Politically anyway.
But this week, amidst the bigger headlines about post-election protests in Iran and French President Sarkozy’s comment about burqas as a symbol of enslavement, Greenland had its own moment on the world stage.
As The New York Times reported, Greenland, which has been ruled by Denmark since 1721, celebrated a step toward independence this weekend in response to a 2008 referendum, in which 76 percent of citizens voted for self-rule.
The article noted:
“Many of the changes are deeply symbolic. Kalaallisut, a traditional Inuit dialect, is now the country’s official language, and Greenlanders are now recognized under international law as a separate people from Danes.
[Also] the Greenlandic government now gets to call itself by its Inuit name, Naalakkersuisut — the first time in history, officials said, that the word has been used in a Danish government document.”
Many more logistics will need to be worked out before Greenland secures full autonomy; however, the symbolic gestures made in this weekend’s ceremony seem to be an important first step.Who knew Greenland was effectively a colony? In fact, who knows much of anything about... more
How many will have to die before this is seen as the humanitarian crisis it is?
From the article:
The United Nations condemned a "bloodbath" in Sri Lanka's northern war zone Monday after two days of shelling that a government doctor said killed as many as 1,000 ethnic Tamil civilians — including 106 children.
Volunteers dug mass graves in the marshland, putting 50 to 60 bodies in each pit, according to Dr. V. Shanmugarajah, who works at a makeshift hospital in the war zone. He said one nurse was killed along with his family in a trench that was then filled with soil and turned into their grave.
Shanmugarajah said the hospital was so short-staffed that many of those wounded in the first barrage late Saturday had still not been treated Monday morning. "The hospital death rate is increasing, but we are helpless," he said.
A rebel-linked Web site blamed the attacks on the government, while the government denied firing any artillery into the area.
"The U.N. has consistently warned against the bloodbath scenario as we've watched the steady increase in civilian deaths over the last few months," U.N. spokesman Gordon Weiss said Monday. "The large-scale killing of civilians over the weekend, including the deaths of more than 100 children, shows that that bloodbath has become a reality."
The first barrage struck the tiny sliver of northeast coast still held by the rebels Saturday evening and lasted through the night, health officials said.
Sunday evening, a new round of shelling — less intense than the first — pounded a newly demarcated "safe zone" where the government had urged civilians to gather, said Shanmugarajah.
A total of 393 people were either brought to the hospital for burial or died at the facility Sunday, while another 37 bodies were brought in Monday morning, he said. The dead included 106 children, he said. More than 1,300 wounded civilians came to the hospital as well.
However, the death toll was likely far higher, he said. Many of the dead were buried in the bunkers where they had taken refuge and then were killed, and many of the wounded never made it to the hospital for treatment.
"There were many who died without medical attention," Shanmugarajah said. "Seeing the number of wounded and from what the people tell me, I estimate the death toll to be around 1,000."
Reports of the fighting are difficult to verify because the government bars journalists and aid workers from the war zone. The attacks marked the bloodiest assault on ethnic Tamil civilians since the civil war flared again more than three years ago.
U.N. figures compiled last month showed that nearly 6,500 civilians had been killed in three months of fighting this year as the government drove the rebels out of their strongholds in the north and vowed to end the warHow many will have to die before this is seen as the humanitarian crisis it is?... more
Human Rights Watch on Saturday accused Sri Lankan forces of repeatedly striking hospitals in the northern war zone with indiscriminate artillery and aerial attacks that have killed scores of people, a charge the military denied.
The New York-based group claimed military commanders responsible for ordering or conducting such attacks "may be prosecuted for war crimes."
The accusation came amid growing international concern for an estimated 50,000 civilians caught in the fighting between government forces and the separatist Tamil Tigers.
In the latest clashes, naval vessels destroyed two rebel boats after a sea battle off the northeast coast Saturday, killing at least 14 rebels, a military statement said.
On Friday, troops pushed further into the rebel territory, capturing an earthen fortification. The military said soldiers found 35 bodies of rebel fighters killed in the fighting.
There was no comment from rebels and it is difficult to verify the military's claims because reporters and independent observers are barred from the war zone.
Government troops in recent months have ousted the rebels from their strongholds across the north and say they have cornered the Tigers in a sliver of land just 2.4 miles- (four kilometers-) long on the northeast coast.
Human Rights Watch said Saturday it has information "about at least 30 attacks on permanent and makeshift hospitals in the combat area since December 2008" and blamed government forces.
"Hospitals are supposed to be sanctuaries from shelling, not targets," Brad Adams, the group's Asia director, said in a statement.Human Rights Watch on Saturday accused Sri Lankan forces of repeatedly striking... more
I wasn't in New Orleans when hurricane katrina happened but I did saw some footage, and was affected by the high gas prices so yes I was attacked by Hurricane Katrina as well just in a financial way and it let to quality of laptops breaking within months, and lead to anything you buy anymore is made cheap and sucks and so Hurricane Katrina has not only destroyed new orleans and killed innocent and good people, it lead to more greed and destruction of consumer confidence and makes me hate the oil companies.
I do know for a fact the government doesn't care about us because the people that are in our government all work for super rich secret societies known as the Bilderbergs and they don't care if millions of people die in fact they follow the testaments of the Georgia Guidestones which is to kill a large amount of the worlds population because it cannot exceed 5,000,000 people so anything over that they will kill in cold blood.
Our government doesn't care because of the secret societies and Obama is no different because he has to follow the secret societies like every other American president. I have no doubt we need new leadership, in fact maybe a abolishment of the system we pay taxes to and build a new country where all taxes go to help people in America and stop wasting it on foreign countries until everyone in American is happy and healthy.
and until these secret societies are abolished we will see more people being killed by police and military troops, we will see more hidden torture with Obama and future presidents not less. The only way our country can be rid of racism, torture, and have governments care about victims of natural disasters is to abolish the secret societies running this country then start over with a new currency, new government, and even a new party. That is my belief and if somebody makes me out to be some sort of criminal then take a look at the Constitution and Deceleration of Independence where if our government does not help the people and reduces us with taxes and despotism then it's our right and duty to overthrow our government at all costs.
If you believe me that secret societies that don't care about the poor, middle class, and even some of the rich exist then thats the real enemy we need to fight, not the government because they are just a puppet system while the real criminal rape us and consolidate us, try to make us slaves and claim it's a peoples paradise.
I believe FEMA may become a hurricane of government bureaucrats that don't give a **** about a free country and doesn't care about the poor, so I call FEMA a hurricane, Hurricane Fema.I wasn't in New Orleans when hurricane katrina happened but I did saw some... more
The people of Greenland have voted decisively in favour of a plan to give it greater autonomy from Denmark.
Officials said just over 75% of voters had supported the plan, which would see Greenland take a greater share of its annual oil revenues.
It will also take control of police, courts and coast guard, and have some say in foreign policy.The people of Greenland have voted decisively in favour of a plan to give it greater... more
The Tibetan exiles are gathering, around 150,000 of them. The exiled Buddhists are debating whether they should stage a separatist movement for Independence against China or whether they should continue their current course.
One exile said this...“It’s completely useless,” Mr. Dorjee said of negotiating with the Chinese. “There’s no point. We have been played.”
What would Buddha do?
"In this Himalayan hill town, where Tibetan prayer flags flutter and red-robed monks study Buddha’s call for forbearance, talk is brewing of kicking off the world’s next separatist movement.
Posters around town advertise the word “rangzen” — Tibetan for “independence.” Not in years has it been heard so much in the streets here, falling from the lips of members of the Tibetan diaspora whose frustration runs as deep as the mountain ravines of their homeland. Decades of dialogue with the Chinese government, they say, have failed.
“Support for independence will definitely increase,” Dhondup Dorjee, 30, said, as he took a break from heated discussion with fellow exiles to grab lunch in the cafeteria of the Tibetan medicine hospital. “What are the pressures we can put on the Chinese? The pressures will come in any form.”
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetans, has called hundreds of representatives from the world’s 150,000 Tibetan exiles to a crisis meeting here this week so people like Mr. Dorjee can speak their mind. Mr. Dorjee is vice-president of the Tibetan Youth Congress, an exile organization that wants independence from China. The Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile, based here in Dharamsala, have long advocated autonomy under Chinese rule, not outright independence.
“It’s completely useless,” Mr. Dorjee said of negotiating with the Chinese. “There’s no point. We have been played".”The Tibetan exiles are gathering, around 150,000 of them. The exiled Buddhists are... more
Maybe the most troubling thing for those who knew Margaret Bernstorff is that they never really knew her at all.
In all the years neighbors helped the elderly woman carry groceries to the door of her Evanston home, she never spoke of her sister Elaine. When they stopped seeing Bernstorff's brother, Frank, on tree-lined Judson Avenue, she told some of them he had moved to Indiana to live with relatives.
And when a local contractor who did repairs on her home inquired a few weeks ago about her other sister, Anita, Bernstorff told him she was upstairs, not feeling well.
Just days after neighbors tried to persuade the 94-year-old to move into a nursing home, police discovered she had been living with the bodies of her three siblings. Elaine Bernstorff died in her 60s in the late 1970s; Frank Bernstorff died at 83 in 2003; and Anita Bernstorff, 98, died in May.
"They were private people, and we wanted to respect their privacy," said Gianna Panofsky, who has lived on the street for 45 years. "They didn't belong to society; they belonged to each other and that's it."
It's not uncommon for elderly people to retreat into their own worlds and try to preserve their independence, experts say. And it appears society's informal watchdogs such as churches, family, friends and doctors did not apply to the Bernstorffs, neighbors said.
"If you don't have any of those safety nets, you fall through the cracks," said Celia Berdes, an assistant professor of medicine in the Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society at Northwestern University. "I think that's what happened in this case."Maybe the most troubling thing for those who knew Margaret Bernstorff is that they... more
Britain's Polish community gathered in London to honour the 90th anniversary of their native country's independence.
Young and old came from the four corners of the UK to celebrate "Poland's big day" together.
About 3,000 packed into Westminster Cathedral for a special mass, while many queued patiently outside.
Led by the Polish Navy band, flag-waving veterans, schoolchildren, scouts, parents and priests then paraded to Trafalgar Square, where prominent Poles and British VIPs took to the stage.
It was the first time the Polish anniversary had been celebrated in such a public fashion and the enthusiasm was certainly not dampened by the inclement weather.
Polish Independence Day commemorates when Poland regained its sovereignty after World War I on 11 November 1918, the same date as the UK's Armistice Day.
Thomas Marszalek, 89, who lives in Bedford, fought in the Italian Battle of Monte Cassino, in which Polish forces played one of their most prominent roles in World War II.
"We are celebrating 90 years of independence after 123 years of occupation by Russia, Germany and Austria," he said.
"I am remembering my colleagues and the fact we are free." Britain's Polish community gathered in London to honour the 90th anniversary of... more