At Grist, Raven Rakia writes Environmental justice groups are not impressed with expected Paris agreement:
It Takes Roots is one of the many delegations in Paris for the climate talks. A coalition of environmental justice groups from all over the United States, the members all have one thing in common: They represent communities on the frontlines of climate change.
You could say they’re not very impressed with the talks. Actually, to be more accurate, they called the Paris climate accord a “Crime Against Vulnerable Communities.”
The delegation consists of over 100 delegates from 33 groups — ranging from the Indigenous Environmental Network to We Act for Environmental Justice to Cooperation Jackson. One of these groups, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) summed up the delegations complaints: “Not only will the anticipated Paris accord not address climate change,” said IEN Executive Director Tom Goldtooth. “It will make it worse because it will promote false solutions and not keep fossil fuels from being extracted and burned.” [...]
The delegation’s demands are brief, but impactful: Mandatory, community-driven emissions cuts, serious commitments to keep fossil fuels in the ground, strong human rights protections, and rejection of false solutions, such as fracking and “clean” coal.
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On this date at Daily Kos in 2010—Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan:
The fact that 2014 is our goal for ending the war [in Afghanistan] is a pretty stark reminder of just how much of a disaster the conflict has been for our country. By 2014, the war will have been dragging on for thirteen years. Thirteen! If it ends up lasting that long, there will be American soldiers fighting in it who were five years old when the war began.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Yet another post-mass shooting show. Greg Dworkin notes some inside the Beltway were ready to apportion blame, but others went the “both sides” route. Armando ponders how we got here, and laments liberals having once abandoned the legal fight.
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