White House role in
blocking climate progress "unforgivable"
by Jill Stein
(Dec. 12, 2011) Regarding the recently ended Durban climate
change talks, Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, issued the
following statement this morning:
Republican opponents, President Obama professes to believe in science. He knows
that America and the world is rapidly rushing to the catastrophic financial and
environmental impacts of climate change, and yet he joins the deniers in
blocking action to save our children's future.
Current levels of fossil fuel use are already heading us
toward indisputably catastrophic levels of global warming. Yet with emissions
rising faster and faster every year, the Obama Administration has shockingly
pushed an agreement to do nothing before 2020, ensuring that the critical time
window for saving the climate will be missed. That the White House is
responsible for this is unforgivable.
People are already dying from climate change. Extreme
weather changes have already inflicted tens of billions in damage. This is a
mere hint of the far greater impacts we are already on track for. The clear
solution to the growing worldwide economic crisis is to invest in a sustainable
fossil fuel-free economy. This is common knowledge, except among the
politicians, oil barons and bankers that profit from the present system.
Even though the U.S. has never ratified the Kyoto Protocol —
under Clinton-Gore, Bush-Cheney and now Obama-Biden — it has managed to swing a
wrecking ball at the UN process on climate change. As always, it will be the
poor, the elderly and the sick of the world who will most feel the pain from
this abuse of our nation's power. But all of us will pay the price as rising
temperatures and sea levels, along with extreme weather, turn tens of millions
into refugees, diminish the world's food supply, and undercut political and
economic stability in poor and rich countries alike.
The White House continued to block effective international
action on climate change at Durban despite recent reports that the level of
carbon emissions has actually increased by 50% since the Kyoto protocols were
agreed to. Instead of pushing for stronger curbs, the White House led the fight
to delay adopting the new climate agreement until 2020, when it will be too
late to turn back. This is a deadly betrayal of future generations. Scientists
have repeatedly stated that to avoid catastrophic climate change, emissions
must begin to decline well before 2020.
According to the International Energy Agency, we're already
heading towards a devastating 6 degrees Centigrade rise in global temperature,
three times the widely accepted limit of 2 degrees Centigrade, over which
tipping points are triggered for ever-growing levels of lethal warming. Yet with
emissions increasing every year, even this "game over" prediction
understates the true risk.
This is not a time for pandering to oil and gas interests,
it is a time for courage. We intend to crisscross this nation in the coming
year, asking Americans to go into the voting booth and reject the devastation
being pursued by the Washington establishment. This may be one of the most
important political acts in our lifetime. We will give Americans a chance to
vote for a Green New Deal that will save the planet and the economy, putting 25
million people back to work building the green infrastructure for a livable
climate and the sustainable, just future we deserve."
Stein for President
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