Governor Jerry Brown: “What Happens in Here, Doesn’t Stay Here”

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The Climate Movement

Marching for a Green Economy “Built to Last”

NEW YORK CITY- Sept 22. With hundreds of thousands of marchers converging on the United Nations climate summit, New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio took the opportunity to declare a massive initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, calling it “a moral imperative.” The 111-page plan, called One City: Built to Last, was strongly supported by the City Council and a diverse network of community-based organizations.

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Tom Hayden Speaks at the People’s Climate March in New York City, September 21, 2014

“Students and young people are to be congratulated – thank you – for your mobilizing against extreme climate change these past few years. You have pushed your campuses towards carbon-free sustainability and now toward divestment from fossil fuels. You have surrounded the White House and pushed back the XL pipeline. Of course it’s not enough, but I don’t remember any of you saying it would be easy to clean up after us…”

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Special Report From Beijing:
By V. John White, Founder and Executive Director of CEERT, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology. He collaborates with the Democracy Project on clean energy strategies.

BEIJING, September 21, 2014- I had the honor of participating in a couple of meetings in Beijing, organized by the Energy Foundation in China, and Energy Innovation, Hal Harvey’s think tank and foundation. The meetings were organized around a plan that is being developed, or rather a scenario, based on the goal of achieving 80% renewable in China by 2050.

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Governor Jerry Brown: “What Happens in Here, Doesn’t Stay Here”

What the television media noticed was former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and current governor Jerry Brown shaking hands, but a significant story on how California is leading the world on climate change went unreported this week. Schwarzenegger might be the blocking back to Brown’s broken-field runner in the race to protect the planet.

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The California Clean Energy Model
How to Move Forward
Bioneers Summit Conference
October 17-19, 2014, Marin County, California

A blueprint for green action will be discussed at a statewide conference sponsored by Bioneers in Marin, October 16. Tom Hayden’s paper on climate change as “the great unifier” and California as the “green model” has sparked the one-day gathering of activists from all sectors. How to move forward in California as a leverage point for sharp reductions in greenhouse gas emissions with equal increases in jobs, health protections and consumer savings will focus the agenda. Wide-open discussions with the goal of effective action now!

For more information see the conference schedule here.

International Affairs

Lessons Never Learned – From Vietnam to Iraq
Excerpt from September 17th Speech in Ann Arbor, Michigan

I am joining many peace groups around America in expressing opposition to the escalation of the Iraq War into a quagmire that is likely to be costly in lives, tax dollars and our tarnished reputation. Ann Arbor is the place, along with Berkeley, where the young American peace movement demanded a teach-in, an end to campus business as usual, an end to intellectual conformity and congressional hearings as we confronted the growing horror of the Vietnam War.

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Congress Wavers on War

Congress gave President Barack Obama a half-hearted half-measure of support for arming the Syrian rebels last week, just before Obama took the next step up the ladder of escalation by bombing Syria without United Nations authorization. The congressional war authorization was designed to put off further debate until after the mid-term elections, when Congress will return to the issues.

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Continued reading on the history the War in Iraq by Hayden..

Iraq & Syria: Where’s Obama’s Exit Strategy?
Originally published by the San Francisco Chronicle

A disturbing omission in President Obama’s proposed Iraq War speech was its lack of an exit strategy. Spokesmen for the White House and Pentagon speak of the mission taking years beyond Obama’s tenure. Once again our country has been invited to support the “long war” doctrine outlined by key Pentagon officials as lasting as long as 50 to 80 years.

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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