"If you say you want action in Paris, then you have a responsibility to divest from fossil fuels," said May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, which is co-hosting Tuesday's Paris Divestment Conference along with the European Green Party. The conference is timed to coincide with the second day of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany this week, where officials are working to streamline the negotiating text world leaders are expected to finalize in Paris in December.
More than 350 institutions around the world have already committed to divest, including the World Council of Churches, the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, and the Park Foundation. Other divestment supporters include the United Nations, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres. Former EU climate chief Connie Hedegaard recently said divesting from coal, oil, and gas would make "a very important contribution" to the Paris negotiations.
"But the power of the fossil fuel industry threatens to derail these negotiations," 350.org warns. "Fossil fuel companies have 5 times more oil and coal and gas in known reserves than climate scientists think is safe to burn. By divesting we are taking the fossil fuel industry to task for its culpability in the climate crisis. By naming this industry?s singularly destructive influence we are helping to break the hold that the fossil fuel industry has on our economy and our governments."
Tuesday's conference and the "Divest for Paris" challenge are meant to amplify that pressure while offering a practical road map for those entities that do wish to cut ties with dirty energy sources.
"We are hopeful that Paris 2015 will be remembered in years to come as a date at which the international community began getting serious about fighting climate change," wrote Boeve and European Green Party leaders Reinhard Bütikofer and Yannick Jadot in the conference program. "And we are convinced that the divestment movement will be a most relevant factor in that change."
As Bütikofer put it: "There is no future for fossil fuels?or there is no future."
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Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2009?Joe Klein Unplugged:Last week I went to a cookout on the beach here ... and for years I've known that one of their guests was Joe Klein. ... I was standing at the cookout minding my own business when Klein started pontificating for the rubes on how "surprising" and "shocking" it was that Grassley, of all people, should have come out and endorsed the "death panels" lie. Apparently, Klein doesn't handle real world criticism well, which is a nice way to say he reportedly began shrieking and lying after being pinned down at the cookout by someone who was informed. Plausible? This is a man who after all managed to conjure up the one wrong reason to criticize neocon Charles Krauthammer -- don't trust him because he's handicapped -- despite a rather target rich environment in that respect, got busted cold by Glenn Greenwald for lying about FISA and then ran away saying of his own damn story "I have neither the time nor legal background to figure out who's right," and repeatedly sucked up to George Bush for being wrong about basically everything and sticking with it anyway as if that were anything other than a deadly tragic character flaw. This is the Jim Kramer of the neo-liberal pundit world, the journalistic equivalent of the guy who confidently predicts a stock will go up one day and down the next, and then points to the eventual trend no matter which way it goes and pronounces himself prescient and oh-so-very valuable. Tweet of the Day
But Republicans, they thought they had this all under control. They thought they could not only get away with waking up the Wild Things, they thought they could bang a few drums, wave a little raw meet, and conduct the rumpus on command. Only ... it's not going that way ... head below the fold and find out more.
"In a serious vein, I would hope that he would find a gracious way to honor McKinley, who is an important figure in American history. And I?m not certain he has the authority to have done what he did; the designation was granted by law of Congress in 1917," Rove told the magazine. "In a more jocular way, the guy ought to be more gracious to the guy who made it possible for him to be President."
Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii, which was annexed in 1898 during McKinley's presidency.That's right, kids, we're going to be freaking out about a mountain reverting to its Alaskan name for a long time yet. Sure, Alaska has been asking for the name reversal for many decades now, and sure, the McKinley name was basically the result of a practical joke gone viral, and sure, conservatives are all about the rights of states to decide these things rather than the federal government, and sure, the reason the name change has been held up for forty years is the usual conservative gimmickry in fudging House rules, gimmickry which was overcome simply by observing that forty years is long past the usual charitable time given for these things and that the Secretary of the Interior could thus be tasked with breaking the deadlock, but someone in the Obama administration did a thing so we'll be having hearings and fundraising drives for at least a decade. Mount another Confederate flag in the back of your pickup, boys, we'll be rollin' coal for this one.
Sure, maybe "McKinley was president during the period when the state you would eventually be born in was granted that statehood" is a damn long way to go to get in a half-hearted attack line, but he said jocular, so give him some slack. That's code for even I myself admit I've gone off the trail on this one, but by gum I'm not letting this reporter leave without giving him at least one thing I can get in the papers for.
You know, people, it's not like the Interior secretary renamed the actual president named McKinley. Though come to think of it, that's a pretty good idea too. Mind if we call you Reagan, Mr. McKinley? Everyone likes being called Reagan.
Hasselbeck's question came after a sheriff's deputy was fatally shot while pumping gas in Texas last week. Law enforcement speculated that the murder was related to the Black Lives Matter movement, despite having zero?I mean zilch, nothing, nada?evidence to support such a claim.
Hasselbeck's question is just so irresponsible, ignorant, and baseless that it's hard to even know how to begin to answer it.
It's unclear how she thinks hate groups are defined, but in no way does Black Lives Matter fall under any definition of hate group. Note that the FBI does not make public their internal list of hate groups. However, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has long kept a reliable list of these organizations, defines such groups as:[having] beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics [?]
Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list. Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.So, the first answer to her question would be that Black Lives Matter does not in any way fit the definition of a hate group. If Hasselbeck had done her research, she would know that the Black Lives Matter movement exists to fight against beliefs and practices that attack of malign an entire class of people.
After all, the entire point of the Black Lives Matter movement is to end violence against people of color by law enforcement. The movement is fighting and working towards equality and against violence.
Hasselbeck also doesn't seem to understand how a movement works, as you can read below.
While the Supreme Court denied the Legislature?s motion for a temporary restraining order, which would have temporarily stopped enrollment in expanded Medicaid, the underlying lawsuit pitting the Legislature against the Walker administration still stands.
The Legislative Council, on behalf of the Legislature, sued Walker?s administration in mid-August in efforts to stop him from unilaterally expanding the health care program under the Affordable Care Act. They framed their decision, to challenge Walker, as a constitutional one. They said they needed more time to examine expansion because of the risk of future costs. The Republican-controlled House-Senate committee voted 10-1 to spend up to $450,000 on the lawsuit.That figure is just the legislature's side of what this legal challenge is going to cost Alaska taxpayers. Defending the suit is likely to cost the administration another $450,000. The state's attorney general, as well as the legislature's own legal department agree that Gov. Walker does have the legal authority under the state constitution to expand Medicaid.
So, thanks to the state Supreme Court, something like 40,000 Alaskans can now get coverage. They should do so fast, to make it harder to take away when this gets litigated.
The facts bear this out.
Black mentally ill people killed by police are 11 times more likely than whites to be unarmed.
Black people in general who are killed by police are twice as likely as whites to be unarmed.
Black women represent an outrageously disproportionate percentage of police stops, arrests and cases of abuse by police.
Black teenagers are an astounding 21 times more likely to be killed by police than white teens.
Even though study after study shows that African Americans and whites use marijuana at the exact same rate, African Americans are up to 10 times more likely to be arrested for it.
These are facts?horrible, distinctly American facts?have caused a growing movement in America to swell from coast to coast.
Somehow, though, Elisabeth Hasslebeck has determined that the Black Lives Matter movement should be classified as a hate group.
Now, a Houston sheriff is outrageously blaming the Black Lives Matter movement for the awful death of one of his officers.
Read below the told for more on this.
Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.
Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ?development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate?s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.
A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".
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Civil society organisations abandoned the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw on mass. Members from Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Actionaid, Friends of the Earth, the International Trade Union Confederation (statement) and 350.org all started leaving the conference at 2pm. This is an unprecedented action, the first time several major civil society groups have staged a mass walkout.
Friends of the Earth International highlighted that the Warsaw Climate Change negotiations were failing, with Tension high in Warsaw talks as G77+China walk out. The role of Australia and reduced ambition of Japan have been widely mentioned. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers, but there has been substantial intransigence from much of the developed world to progressing the negotiations forward on finance, ambition, and a loss and damage mechanism. Poland's Coal Summit has shown the fossil fuel corporatism entwined in this COP with widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations of COP19 and at UNFCCC official Christiania Figueres who gave the keynote speech at the coal summit
Related: Democracy Now: "Nature Does Not Negotiate": Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Summit in Warsaw | "Polluters Talk, We Walk": Civil Society Groups Abandon Warsaw Talks over Inaction on Global Warming | "We Have to Consume Less": Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate CrisisAnalysis: The Warsaw walkout and the Climate Movement
The weekend of 16th and 17th November saw tens of thousands of people in Canada and Australia out in the streets in over 260 protests against the climate policies of these countries. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers in Warsaw at COP19.
The Saturday protests in Canada occurred from coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, more than 10,000 people gathered in over 180 events co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many protests focussed on stopping further expansion of the Alberta tar sands and pipelines to move the bitumenous oil south to Texas, east through Ontario and Quebec, and west through British Columbia. On Sunday, more than 60,000 people attended climate protests across Australia, protesting the attempt to repeal carbon pricing and clean energy programs by the conservative Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected on 7 September this year, who denied any link between climate change and bushfires as unusually early and intense bushfires raged around Sydney.
Civil Society NGO and local Polish activists also staged a Climate Justice march in Warsaw in association with the COP19 climate change negotiations taking place. Super Typhoon Haiyan set the initial mood at the negotiations with Philippines negotiator Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) saying "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway". There is widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations in Warsaw with Japan and Australia being particularly singled out.
Related: Australia Indymedia - Tens of Thousands rally for Climate Action across Australia
Authorities of Tacloban City with a population of 220,000 and capital of Leyte province, gave an early estimate that perhaps 10,000 people died from this one city. Many people were surprised by the huge storm surge tidal waves that inundated much of the city. Many smaller coastal villages were also devastated with most buildings destroyed or suffering severe damage. According to the UN Reliefweb report on 14 November the number of affected people has increased to 11.8 million. The official death count from Typhoon Haiyan is currently 4,460 but with numbers still increasing. There were 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed. A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance.
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Climate Negotiations are over for another year with little progress in Doha by any one's measure as the scientific statements on climate change and the impacts we are already feeling as evidenced in record Arctic melting, and extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, and Cyclone Evan in the South Pacific are growing much stronger.
Some of the latest scientific research shows:Sea Level rising 60% faster than IPCC projectionsMethane and CO2 in thawing Arctic permafrost a climate tipping pointCollapse of Siberia's Coastline is Releasing Huge Amounts of CO2Greenland Ice sheet suffers unprecedented surface meltIndian Monsoon more likely to fail as global warming acceleratesSouthern Ocean warming impact on Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability and sea level rise
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