2016 US Presidential Elections: Candidates on Climate Change – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision


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Here’s how our top four presidential candidates propose to address climate change.

Hillary Clinton – Democratic Party

I won’t let anyone take us backward, deny our economy the benefits of harnessing a clean energy future, or force our children to endure the catastrophe that would result from unchecked climate change.
~ Hillary Clinton, November 29, 2015

On day one, Hillary Clinton will set bold, national goals that will be achieved within 10 years of taking office. Learn more at https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/climate/

Gloria Stein – Green Party

A Green New Deal: Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.

Protect Mother Earth: Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies…

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  • Clyde Duncan  On 08/17/2016 at 8:11 pm

    Michael Moore is such a disappointment:

    Documentary film-maker Michael Moore has said he knows “for a fact” that Donald Trump does not want to be president of the United States and claims the Republican nominee is now sabotaging his own campaign in order to avoid the Oval Office.

    Moore, writing in the Huffington Post, says that Trump ran for president as a negotiating tactic, hoping to leverage a higher pay packet from NBC. The broadcaster had formerly employed Trump as the star of the reality TV show The Apprentice, but fired him after he called Mexican immigrants “drug dealers” and “rapists” at his campaign launch.

    According to Moore, who does not name his source, Trump continued his campaign only to increase his stock with other television networks.

    “And then something happened,” Moore writes. “And to be honest, if it happened to you, you might have reacted the same way. Trump, to his own surprise, ignited the country, especially among people who were the opposite of billionaires.”

    Moore says Trump found the attention his campaign attracted intoxicating.

    “Trump fell in love with himself all over again, and he soon forgot his mission to get a good deal for a TV show,” Moore writes. “He was no longer king of the deal-makers — he was King of the World!”

    Moore then catalogues a series of incidents from the past few weeks that have seen Trump’s approval rating plummet. Citing the nominee’s attacks on the family of Humayun Khan, a Muslim American who was killed while serving in Iraq, and his implication that “second amendment people” could use gun violence against Hillary Clinton, Moore suggests that Trump’s outlandish behaviour was an attempt to “self-sacrifice” his campaign.

    “Maybe the meltdown of the past three weeks was no accident,” writes Moore. “Maybe it’s all part of his new strategy to get the hell out of a race he never intended to see through to its end anyway.”

    Moore finally suggests that Trump would give up the Republican nomination rather than lose on election night.

    “Trust me, I’ve met the guy. Spent an afternoon with him,” he writes. “He would rather invite the Clintons AND the Obamas to his next wedding than have that scarlet letter (“L”) branded on his forehead seconds after the last polls have closed on that night.”

    by Michael Moore – The Guardian UK

  • Clyde Duncan  On 09/15/2016 at 8:22 pm

    The only thing that mankind has ever agreed on, unanimously, is TIME.

    For example, one could not set proper train schedules: you would run a train down the tracks for an hour and you would have to adjust the clock for somebody else’s time frame. It was impossible to work with that self-imposed conundrum!

    The delegates to the 2015 Paris climate summit were in general accord about the science of climate change and the need to cap global warming at 1.5 to 2.0 C – (or 2.6 to 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit) before a planetary catastrophe ensues.

    They disagreed, however, about everything else – I suppose that was their purpose. Some key countries were in outright conflict with other states (Russia with Ukraine, for example) or deeply hostile to each other (as with India and Pakistan; or the U.S.A. and Iran).

    In recognition of such tensions and schisms, the assembled countries crafted a final document that replaced legally binding commitments with the obligation of each signatory state to adopt its own unique plan, or in other words, “nationally determined contribution” (NDC), for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.

    As a result, the fate of the planet rests on the questionable willingness of each of those countries to abide by that obligation, however sour or bellicose its relations with other signatories may be.

    As it happens, that part of the agreement has already been buffeted by geopolitical headwinds and is likely to face increasing turbulence in the years to come.

    ENTER Donald J Trump: They say everyone is good for something – even a Bad Example!

    The man who might be president insists that climate change is an elaborate, “very expensive hoax”, even possibly a “Chinese” one meant to undermine the American economy.

    It’s “bullshit” and “Pseudoscience” (on which, it seems, he’s an expert). He’s said this sort of thing numerous times, always mockingly, always dismissively.

    Only recently in his Phoenix speech on immigration, on his love of Mexicans, and on what suckers they’ll be when it comes to paying for his future wall, he put it this way: “Only the out-of-touch media elites think the biggest problems facing America … it’s not nuclear, and it’s not ISIS, it’s not Russia, it’s not China, it’s global warming.”

    Those fools! They know nothing. They don’t even know that there’s a crucial footnote, a lone exception, to The Donald’s climate change position: GOLF.

    Though the heating of the planet via fossil fuels couldn’t be more of a fantasy, while saving the coal industry, building pipelines, and reversing anything Barack Obama did in the White House to promote alternative energy systems will be the order of the day, it turns out that climate change does threaten one thing.

    And it’s something crucial to human life as we know it: playing GOLF on a coastal course.

    For that, protection is obviously in order. This is undoubtedly why the man with no fears about drowning coastal communities has, through his company Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, applied for permission to build “a coastal protection works to prevent erosion at his seaside golf resort in County Clare,” based on… yep… the danger of rising sea levels.

    We’re talking about “200,000 tons of rock distributed along two miles of beach.”

    And if permission is finally granted, the result will surely be a “great wall”, a “beautiful wall” that will not let a drop of sea water emigrate onto Irish soil.

    In fairness, we need this sort of protection along coastal Guyana. I am thinking, perhaps, we could talk Donald J Trump into investing in coastal Guyana??

    My apologies to Professor Michael T Klare for plagiarizing [or twisting his words to make my own political point], But you could read what the Professor wrote in TomDispatch about “The Rise of the Right and Climate Catastrophe” here:


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