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“We are Running Out of Time:” Obama Urged to Match Rhetoric to Action on Climate Deal

Amy Goodman
Democracy Now! / Video Report
Published: Friday 7 December 2012
The United States has come under intense criticism at the summit from environmentalists and smaller nations who say President Obama has failed to meet his stated commitments to tackle global warming.

Most major issues remain unresolved at the U.N. climate summit in Doha as negotiators enter the final stretch of the two-week summit. While the Doha talks involve nations working toward a pact to limit greenhouse gases starting in 2020, many say the world cannot wait that long. The United States has come under intense criticism at the summit from environmentalists and smaller nations who say President Obama has failed to meet his stated commitments to tackle global warming. We're joined by Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International; and Samantha Smith, head of the World Wildlife Fund's Global Climate and Energy Initiative.



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ABOUT Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!," a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 900 stations in North America. She is the author of "Breaking the Sound Barrier," recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.

It sounds like the movie

It sounds like the movie Avatar where Aiwa takes side to save the planet. I am thrilled to hear Mr. O. has decided to take the side of nature vs. banksters/dirty energy masters. One must be blind to not see from a passenger plane the 40,000 layer of soot covering the globe .

A bit of history plus what we

A bit of history plus what we can do about it.

Our government was corrupt for 8 years because Bush and Cheney distorted our federal tax code to favor the corporations that outsourced American jobs and granted the richest American citizens tax breaks that they did not ask for. In addition, they caused the Iraq war based on contrived information that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in that country. In addition there was the Afghanistan debacle. Both of these wars were conducted on money borrowed from China and the real purpose of them was to continue uninterrupted importation to the US of crude oil from the Mideast countries so that Exxon and the other four big US oil companies could continue to enjoy their massive profits and exorbitant tax breaks. Cheney’s Halliburton made enormous profits from their participation in these wars. All of this was not enough for their greed. So they refused to enforce financial regulations and that resulted in the billions of dollars of fraudulent Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS’s) assembled by Goldman Sachs that were sold to unsuspecting investors and banks all over the world. Of course as we all know as soon as it was discovered that these MBS’s were made up mostly of mortgages that were destined to be foreclosed on our big banks had to be bailed out with tax payer money. (To throw salt in our wounds, Goldman Sachs shorted the MBS investment packages as soon as they were sold and made a really big bundle of dough on their failure.) So the debts incurred from two unnecessary wars plus the financial crash resulting from fraudulent investment packages plus the horrendous tax breaks given to the very rich plus the outsourcing of American jobs that destroyed our middle class all adds up and the sum total resulted in the near depression and still existing recession we have been experiencing since 2008.
So in addition to the foregoing, where are we now? Let me put it this way: I am 78 years old and from when I was only four years old I remember my father saying "Money talks"! Of course that was only a colloquialism of the time that meant exclusively “You can get what you want if you paid enough money for it!” However, now that I am a mature, well educated and experienced adult, I know the difference between speech and money. However, our current Supreme Court Justice Scalia (who naively took the old colloquial expression literally) has ruled that "money is speech". This gross distortion coupled with another of his gross distortions; i.e., "Corporations are people" has encouraged and made legal an infinite amount of money (that could total billions of dollars or more) that U.S. Corporations can contribute to U.S. elected members of our U.S. Congress to assure adoption of their preferred policies and legislation. Our Supreme Court voted that their action is protected by our Constitution’s freedom of speech proviso. As a result, the Corporations' massive amounts of money funneled through an inordinately large number of lobbyists to our members of Congress "speaks" so loudly that the voices of ordinary U.S. citizens are not heard or ignored by our elected Representatives and Senators. This is not Democracy (government by the people). It is a form of Plutocracy (government by the wealthy). This is the insidious compelling and all powerful force that is the real problem causing the gridlock we have been experiencing in our U.S. Congress. I respectfully submit that nothing is going to improve in Washington D.C. until this crippling situation is changed. And, the ONLY way it can be changed is to take the money out of American politics. To make this change, because our Supreme Court approved what Justice Scalia maintains, we must amend our U.S. Constitution. The basic Amendment is set forth in http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics - so click on this link or paste it into your browser and see if you would like to sign the petition. Enough signatures are needed to get a two thirds vote in both our House of Representatives and Senate. Again - http://signon.org/sign/take-money-out-of-politics.

Come on Barack! Get "us,"

Come on Barack! Get "us," (the US) back into the 21st century...please!!I'm...(the 99%)...and we are here to help...if you care to reach out...!

COVER OVERPOPULATION AS THE

COVER OVERPOPULATION AS THE MAJOR CAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE!! EVEN IF WE CAN FEED ALL THOSE PEOPLE, IT'S WRONG FOR US TO KEEP BREEDING, AND CONSUMING EVER MORE ENERGY WITH ELECTRONICS. SEE THE NY TIMES ARTICLE ON ELECTRONIC'S HUGE ENERGY USE. ON PBS, I SAW AN EGYPTIAN FARMER WITH EIGHT SONS. "THERE ISN'T ENOUGH LAND FOR ALL MY SONS." DESERTIFICATION, SPECIES EXTINCTIONS, RISING WATER, IT ISN'T "THEY," (THE PARANOID PRONOUN), WHO MUST DO SOMETHING. IT'S US!!! I INCLUDE MYSELF. FLEW TO EUROPE THIS SUMMER, AND WILL FLY TO SEE MY STEPMOTHER AT CHRISTMAS. (I'M AN ATHEIST MYSTIC WHO LIKES CHRISTMAS TREES.) IF THERE WERE RAPID RAIL, I'D TAKE IT. TRIED TO START A "STAY WHERE WE ARE' MOVEMENT. IT WENT NOWHERE. MEANWHILE BILL MAHER, ET AL, FLY AROUND TELLING PEOPLE HOW RIDICULOUSLY STUPID THEY ARE TO NOT BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE. A FARMER FRIEND IN N.C. APPALACHIA TELLS ME, "OF COURSE THERE'S CLIMATE CHANGE." AND SAYS IT W/O THE LEAST SOUTHERN ACCENT - DUE TO TV AND RADIO?

TAOISTS SAID THE BEST WAY TO LIVE WAS TO HEAR DOGS BARK IN THE NEAREST VILLAGE, BUT NEVER GO THERE. I UNDERSTAND THERE'S NOW ONE TAOIST IN HONG KONG: A ZILLIONAIRE WITH MONEY TO BUY A PATCH OF "NATURE". WHICH WE'RE RAPIDLY DESTROYING WHILE IGNORING DOOM SAYERS. HOW UNPLEASANT TO CONTEMPLATE THE TRUTH. I'M GLAD I HAVE NO CHILDREN. SOME FRIENDS IN THEIR TWENTIES INTEND TO HAVE NONE. SEE WERNER HERZOG'S "ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD" ABOUT A BASE IN ANTARCTICA AND SCIENTISTS THERE. ONE SAYS, "PEOPLE WHO AREN'T ATTACHED ANYWHERE, FALL TO THE BOTTOM." GREAT FILM.

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