Thursday, December 24, 2009

We sold out to business and the banks and have failed to keep the promises of our youth

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. ~Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958


Copenhagen is over and no real meaningful consensus was reached. There was a lack of leadership from the major powers. It was a failure of will. What was needed was a total ban on the use of coal and a move away from the growth of the fossil fuel industry. Without America taking the lead it just ain't going to happen. We need real change in America, because that is where is has to happen? What we need is for the youth of America to take the lead. We need the youth on every college campus in America to mobilize and, like the VietNam war protesters of the seventies, change the direction of America. It is they who will be the inheritors of the disaster that we have exacerbated. My generation, the VietNam generation a generation that fought for change and an end to the war, has failed this generation. We sold out to business and the banks and have failed to keep the promises of our youth. It is no longer in our hands. There is hope because the youth of the world have begun to take notice as evidence of the protests in Copenhagen and around the world. It is up to them to take bold action and effect change, make their governments hear their voices, make industry responsible for its actions. They must demand change, fight for change and create change if they are to have a livable world.


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The senate has finally passed the health care bill. It is a flawed bill. It lacks a public option which is crucial and without a public option it fails to meet the needs of the American people. If the final bill has a mandate that requires everyone to buy health care without the public option then it is a failure. It becomes a windfall for the health insurance industry. The next step will be reconciliation between the house and the senate, that will be the much awaited compromise and produce a final bill. Only time will tell if the final product achieves true health care reform.


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Recommended Book:


Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity -by James Hansen

"In Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansen—the nation’s leading scientist on climate issues—speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: The planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. Although the threat of human-caused climate change is now widely recognized, politicians have failed to connect policy with the science, responding instead with ineffectual remedies dictated by special interests. Hansen shows why President Obama’s solution, cap-and-trade, which Al Gore has signed on to, won’t work; why we must phase out all coal, and why 350 ppm of carbon dioxide is a goal we must achieve if our children and grandchildren are to avoid global meltdown and the storms of the book’s title. This urgent manifesto bucks conventional wisdom (including the Kyoto Protocol) and is sure to stir controversy, but Hansen—whose climate predictions have come to pass again and again, beginning in the 1980s when he first warned Congress about global warming—is the single most credible voice on the subject worldwide.

Hansen paints a devastating but all-too-realistic picture of what will happen in the near future, mere years and decades from now, if we follow the course we’re on. But he is also an optimist, showing that there is still time to do what we need to save the planet. Urgent, strong action is needed, and this book, released to coincide with the Copenhagen Conference in December 2009, will be key in setting the agenda going forward to create a groundswell, a tipping point, to save humanity—and our grandchildren—from a dire fate more imminent than we had supposed." Amazon Books



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