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Someone needs to be saying it and saying it often and it will not matter much if it is you to I here on this blog or any other blog.  It needs to be said from as high on up as possible.  This is a good start.  It is not nearly enough, but I will take what I can get and heap praise on my State'd Senator for saying it.

“The message I have for climate deniers is this: you are endangering humankind,” Boxer said during a press conference in the Capitol. “It is time for climate deniers to face reality, because the body of evidence is overwhelming and the world’s leading scientists agree.”

The Hill

This comes at a very good time as well since the US continues to "drag its heels" at Durban during the latest Climate Summit.

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There is a growing consensus here in Durban that the United States is the main impediment to progress at these crucial talks. A consortium of 16 of the major environmental groups in the US wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who directly oversees the US climate negotiations. They pointed out that, while President Barack Obama originally campaigned on a promise to lead in global climate negotiations, "three years later, America risks being viewed not as a global leader on climate change, but as a major obstacle to progress."

The fossil-fuel industry exerts enormous influence over the US government, and over the US public, with tens of millions of dollars on lobbying and PR campaigns to shape public opinion. Kumi Naidoo, who has been jailed many times for his activism, compared the struggle against apartheid to the fight against climate change:

"If people around the world can actually unite – trade unions, social movements, religious leaders, environmental groups and so on, which we saw in the march on Saturday – I pray and hope that we will have a similar kind of miracle to get these climate negotiations to deliver a fair, ambitious and legally binding outcome."

The Gaurdian

We are an obstacle, we are an impediment to progress, a Country that supposedly prides itself on being exceptional.  Right now, we are merely just a subsidiary of many different Corporations, from Banks to oil companies that have managed to buy public opinion and white wash the reality we face in the future if we fail to act and act swiftly.  

“Wishing that climate change will go away by clinging to a tiny minority view is not a policy – it is a fantasy,” Boxer said. “Problems do not go away by pretending they do not exist.  And the longer that vocal minority insists on keeping their heads in the sand, the more it endangers billions of people around the globe and threatens to dramatically and negatively reshape the world as we know it.”

These misconceptions did not come from thin air, they were bought and sold from the likes of the Koch Brothers and since so many of us remain comfortable enough with our heads in the sand, the status quo will not change.

But what pains me most is that we need to hear more of this from our leaders, more of this from out President.

Boxer urged negotiators at international climate change talks in Durban, South Africa Wednesday to make “significant progress” on an agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

“The nations of the world must work together to solve this problem, and I call on those gathered in Durban to work toward an international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with transparency and accountability,” Boxer said. “I also hope delegates will make significant progress on generating additional public and private sources of climate financing that will support efforts to reduce emissions.”

It is not the Nations of the world, the largest creator of green house gasses, the United States, needs to stop obstructing the process and lead.

We need to start actually setting an example doing something about our own problem right here.

And action needs to start happening now.

You need to contact President Obama and let him know that we need him to lead on this issue and NOW.

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  •  Here's some major news for on carbon credits ... (6+ / 0-)

    to add more texture to the mess these financial geniuses have over controllling every aspect of the environment and figuring out how to make $ at any cost and to ensure the US is in the dark about it!

    Carbon Credits Turning ‘Junk’ as Ban Shuts Door: Energy Markets

    Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Investors are rushing to sell some United Nations emission credits before they become almost worthless in 2013, pushing prices to a record low.

    (snip)

    The UN market, known as the Clean Development Mechanism, was set up by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol as a way of letting richer nations offset their emissions at home by paying for cleaner technology in emerging markets. Investors in these projects get CERs that they can sell to companies and governments with pollution caps. While the EU is the largest market for UN offsets, Australia will allow emitters to use CERs for as much as half of their emissions starting in 2015.

    (snip)

    HFC-23 and NO2 are so damaging to the environment that they should be banned outright and not entitled to get emission credits, the EU and other governments have said. HFC-23 can trap 11,700 times more heat per molecule than carbon dioxide and remain in the atmosphere for over 200 years, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


  •  Several NGOs at the talks have asked the US (8+ / 0-)

    to just step aside because we have NO intention of making a deal.

    Such an utter embarasssement.

  •  Thank you, Ellinorianne & Btw (6+ / 0-)

    I linked to the posting you did on behalf of Oxfam yesterday in last night's posting by Victor Menotti about the billionaires benefiting from the climate crisis and used that to post updates until early in the am on news coming out of Durban.

    •  You're welcome (2+ / 0-)
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      WarrenS, RunawayRose

      I hope you do not mind that I wrote this it was just a spontaneous rant.

      My 8-year-old, Charlotte, asked if Herman Cain's tax plan was called, "Mine, mine, mine!"

      by Ellinorianne on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 11:07:39 AM PST

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      •  are you kidding? Your rants ROCK! (3+ / 0-)
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        I hope YOU don't mind that Im putting some updates in.

        Im about to leave ... just one more i just received a pr from Climate Justice Network in AFrica.

        Civil society groups attack 'Durban Mandate' proposal as a 'great escape'

        DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - Today - Civil society leaders from across Africa, with support from global movements, launched a letter to climate negotiators that warns that focusing on launching a new mandate at the Durban talks risks backtracking on promises to the poor and the planet.

        The letter calls on developed countries to urgently scale up the ambition of their emission reduction targets and reminds negotiators that current emission reduction pledges will lead us to a world that is 5°C warmer. For Africa, this means 7 or 8°C of warming and unimaginable human suffering.

        Michele Maynard from the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) said:

        "Following what some delegates say you would think that the purpose of these negotiations was a 'new roadmap' - that's just not true. Of central and agreed importance is the need to negotiate deep emission cuts as a part of a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Coming up with new 'mandates' and 'roadmaps' is a distraction from that very necessary action. It's also a breach of faith, in 2007 all countries agreed to do this."

        "A climate agreement that does what is necessary to protect Africa is like cooking a good recipe. It needs just enough emission cuts and a dollop of finance and technology for responding to climate impacts. We've got the recipe from the Bali Action Plan, we've got all the ingredients, even started cutting up some of the vegetables, but now some people want to cook something else. That's a recipe for doing-nothing and delay."

        "This letter is a clarion call to negotiators - you either see the science and recognize its urgency; or you don't. You either hear what the world's poorest people are saying and care; or you don't. Any outcome which locks in the current proposed emission cuts or puts off talking about how to bring those cuts into line with the science is utterly unacceptable."

        The letter, signed by movements representing hundreds of organisations across Africa and the world, includes the follow quotations:

        "Agreeing to a new mandate that replaces the Kyoto Protocol would mean action is effectively delayed for five to ten years. A new treaty will take several years to negotiate with several more years needed for ratification. Further, there is no assurance that countries that have repudiated the existing legal architecture, like the United States, will agree to or ratify a new agreement, nor that such agreement will not be a weak and ineffective "pledge and review" system."

        "While many developed countries seek to end the Kyoto Protocol, they simultaneously attempt to retain and expand their favored elements of the Kyoto Protocol, like the CDM, in a new agreement and shift their responsibilities onto developing countries. Without legally binding emission reductions under the Kyoto Protocol, developed countries must not be allowed to have access to the carbon markets."

         

  •  Africa Group key demands at final stages ... (4+ / 0-)

    just received this press release and thought I would put it here ....

    African Group sets out key demands as talks enter final stages

    COP17, Durban, South Africa - The African Group of negotiators have set out their five key demands as UN climate talks in Durban move into the high level stage of negotiations today.

    The Group, which represents 54 African countries and is chaired by Mr. Tosi Mpanu Mpanu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are demanding:

        A multilateral agreement that respects the principles and provisions of the Convention, and matches the ambition and substance set out in the Bali Action Plan
        A second and subsequent commitment periods under the Kyoto Protocol with ambitious, science-based mitigation targets for developed country Kyoto Parties and provisional application to avoid a gap in the legally binding regime; and comparable efforts by developed country non-Kyoto Parties (United States) under the Convention, including ambitious, legally binding, economy-wide emission reduction commitments;
        Agreement on long-term sources and scale of finance commencing in 2013, including a process for determining the levels of finance necessary for implementation of the Convention in a predictable and identifiable manner;
        Full operationalization of the outcomes and institutions agreed in Cancun including the Green Climate Fund
        Agreement on a work programme on adaptation to establish an international mechanism on loss and damage from climate change for developing countries.

    Mr Tosi Mpanu Mpanu said:

    "As a world leader on climate change, a major player in the UN climate change negotiations, and hosts of an "African COP" Africa must continue to play an important and growing role in the climate negotiations.  

    "The Durban Package must respond to Africa's needs and potential. We are talking to the developed countries about how they meet their historical responsibilities to deliver a fair and just climate deal for the world."

     

    •  US not fair and just-Africa loses (2+ / 0-)
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      "The Durban Package must respond to Africa's needs and potential. We are talking to the developed countries about how they meet their historical responsibilities to deliver a fair and just climate deal for the world."

      NOt to be too cynical, but HAHAHA- if they are speaking of the US as one of the "developed countries" then they will LOSE, as constituted TODAY, the US run government owned by Big Banking, Big Energy, and Big Bad Wall Street will not even consider such "job-killing restrictions".

      Why do you think they call it a Corporatocracy?

      Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable-John F. Kennedy

      by TexasTwister on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 11:32:31 AM PST

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  •  No, Mr. Obama, THIS is the defining issue (3+ / 0-)

    I found it telling that President Obama called inequality and unemployment the "defining issue of our time."  while these are clearly important, they absolutely pale in significance compared to the catastrophe that awaits as he and others dilly dally.  Yes, unemployment matters, but at the end of the day that's about how the goodies are divided up.

    Climate change on the other hand is about whether there will be anything left to divide.  To paraphase Einstein, I may not know what sector will lead the economy out of this recession, but I do know that after climate change takes hold, we will have to climb out of the following recession using sticks and stones.

    The terrifying prospect of doing nothing really ought to catch the attention of our leaders.  If only we had some...

    Intelligent, passionate, perceptive people will always disagree, but we should not let that disagreement, however heartfelt, lead us to become deaf to those better angels of our nature.

    by Mindful Nature on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 11:42:45 AM PST

  •  I actually thought this debate was over (6+ / 0-)

    after the last Winter Olympics when they had to use trucked in snow spread over hay for the snowboard competition.  In Canada, for Chrissake!

    Never underestimate the propaganda arm of GOP Whackos passed down to their idiotic, inbred constituency.

    "I'd like to thank spiritplumber and LieparDestin for fixing oopsaDaisy's computer who can tip, recc, and hotlist now. I tried but couldn't do it despite her constantly foulmouthing me, so thanks U two." -God

    by oopsaDaisy on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 12:03:12 PM PST

  •  No post-capitalism, no solution to climate change. (4+ / 0-)

    It's really as simple as that.  

    "But it ain't about who ya love, see it's all about do ya love," -Michael Franti

    by Cassiodorus on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 12:06:20 PM PST

  •  I will have to (1+ / 0-)
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    Ellinorianne

    send her a thank you note when I get home tonight.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 02:08:14 PM PST

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