Friday, December 11, 2009

Climate change is the single most important issue of our time

"Global warming will change the nature of where Americans live. For example, this analysis found that if global warming continues unchecked, by 2100, New York City will feel like Las Vegas does today and San Francisco will have a climate comparable to that in New Orleans. In 2100, Boston will have average temperatures similar to those in Memphis, Tennessee today". National Resources Defense Council


Climate change is the single most important issue of our time. It is an issue that transcends borders, and cultures. Inaction will ultimately impact us all. Unfortunately there is still debate about whether climate change is fact or fiction. Part of that debate is funded by millions of dollars from the fossil fuel industry that has a stake in the outcome of the conference. They are "manufacturing doubt" something which they are very good at. They will pay any price to continue spewing there products into the atmosphere for corporate profits. Every credible scientist on the planet recognizes the danger ahead. Climate change has been described as someone driving a car toward the edge of a cliff and instead of taking their foot off the accelerator and putting it on the break, they press their foot further down on the accelerator and speed up. An apt description because as is now understood, warming of the planet will become a self perpetuating machine and once it gets to a certain point there will be no way to control it or slow it.

The is another point of contention and it is dishonest, and the fossil fuel industry know it to be false, is that humans are not responsible for climate change. It would be a laughable argument if it were not so serious. The now recognized levels of Co2 in the atmosphere is a measure of the degree of danger we face. Humans have never lived on the planet where the Co2 has been at the current high levels. Scientists say that the safest highest level should be 350 ppm. The November reading is 388.03 ppm. We are in the danger level.

For a full report from Copenhagen. Democracy Now: The War and Peace Report

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The debacle that is health care reform
The Democrats it seems have achieved a compromise on health care reform legislation. Compromise is a word used to mean that they did not accomplish what they set out to do. In essence they failed to deliver to the American people that which they said the would, a public option. Anything less is a failure and should be seen that way. The fact the the Republicans opposed virtually any health care reform is understandable as they work for the health insurance industry. The Republican's masters were opposed to health care reform so the Republicans did as they were told and opposed it. The Democrats on the other hand were hamstrung by the Blue Dog Democrats; actually Democrats in name only as they are really Republican in philosophy and actions. They had to wear the mantle of Democrat to get elected then they reverted to type and sell out the electorate to the interests of the health insurance industry like their Republican brethren.
What we end up with will be an insurance reform that fails to deliver health care at competitive prices and fails to lower the cost of drugs. The cost of health insurance for many families will force them to make decisions between food or health coverage. It is a win for the health insurance industry. If the progressive wing of the Democrats turn against the bill it will be poetic justice. The original purpose of the proposed health care reform was to make it affordable and available to all Americans, it fails in the affordability and therefore it fails to be available to all Americans.
The sad things is that the health insurance industry convinced so many Americans to act against their own self interest when it comes to health care. The costs will not come down and for many it will be impossible to pay for the insurance they need and they will have the Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats to thank for it, and lets not forget the champion of the insurance industry, Joe Lieberman. The following is a list of the Blue Dog democrats.
• Jason Altmire (PA-4)
• Mike Arcuri (NY-24)
• Joe Baca (CA-43)
• John Barrow (GA-12)
• Melissa Bean (IL-8)
• Marion Berry (AR-1)
• Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
• Dan Boren (OK-2)
• Leonard Boswell (IA-3)
• Allen Boyd (FL-2)
• Bobby Bright (AL-2)
• Dennis Cardoza (CA-18)
• Christopher Carney (PA-10)
• Ben Chandler (KY-6)
• Travis Childers (MS-1)
• Jim Cooper (TN-5)
• Jim Costa (CA-20)
• Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
• Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3)
• Lincoln Davis (TN-4)
• Joe Donnelly (IN-2)
• Brad Ellsworth (IN-8)
• Bill Foster (IL-14)
• Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8)
• Bart Gordon (TN-6)
• Parker Griffith (AL-5)
• Jane Harman (CA-36)
• Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD-AL), Blue Dog Co-Chair, Administration
• Baron Hill (IN-9), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy
• Tim Holden (PA-17)
• Frank Kratovil (MD-1)
• Jim Marshall (GA-8)
• Jim Matheson (UT-2)
• Mike McIntyre (NC-7)
• Charlie Melancon (LA-3), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications
• Mike Michaud (ME-2)
• Walt Minnick (ID-1)
• Dennis Moore (KS-3)
• Patrick Murphy (PA-8)
• Glenn Nye (VA-2)
• Collin Peterson (MN-7)
• Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL)
• Mike Ross (AR-4)
• John Salazar (CO-3)
• Loretta Sanchez (CA-47)
• Adam Schiff (CA-29)
• David Scott (GA-13)
• Heath Shuler (NC-11)
• Zack Space (OH-18)
• John Tanner (TN-8)
• Gene Taylor (MS-4)
• Mike Thompson (CA-1)
• Charlie Wilson (OH-6)
Blue Dog Democrats were been targeted by the health insurance industry for
generous financial contributions to their campaigns and they got their moneys worth.

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