Friday, August 23, 2019

Bernie's very real plan to address the climate crisis

Hope you already read Kat's "MOTOWN " about MOTOWN's sixty anniversary and how SHOWTIME will debut a new documentary on MOTOWN this Saturday.

I plan to watch -- but Saturday is the hardest time for me to get motivated to watch something on TV, sorry. 

On ALL THINGS CONSIDERED (NPR) they were discussing the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and climate change:

Climate change is an issue that Democratic voters routinely say that they will vote on next year. Many polls show that it's second only to health care. But today the Democratic National Committee voted down a proposal to allow a presidential debate focused solely on climate change. And last night Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who has based his entire presidential campaign on climate change, dropped out of the race. NPR political correspondent Scott Detrow is here with us in the studio to explain all of this.
Hey, Scott.


CHANG: So Jay Inslee, he basically ran as the climate change candidate, right? He said he would focus on that more than anything else. And now he's dropping out of the race - what is it? - five months before the Iowa caucuses. Does it seem like that maybe climate is not going to be the defining campaign issue for Democrats after all?

DETROW: I think it's actually the opposite. And Jay Inslee ran as the climate candidate, but it turns out there are several climate candidates. So if you are a voter who's looking for someone who wants to overhaul the entire economy over the coming decades, to transition to renewable energy, massively cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, you have your pick - Beto O'Rourke has a plan to do that, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden to a more moderate degree, others. Many have put forward plans that would go far further than what the Obama administration tried to do on this.
 Inslee did have the most detailed plan. He did talk about this the most. But that really didn't allow him to end up to stand out on the front. And you're right; most polls show that climate change is one of Democratic voters' top issues. This is something that this year Democrats are regularly talking about, voters are asking about, it's a topic in debates. In the past, that hasn't been the case. This has often been an issue that ends up getting ignored during elections.

CHANG: You mentioned Bernie Sanders. He just rolled out a big climate plan. How does his proposal compare to the other plans we've seen?

DETROW: I think it's fair to say this is the most aggressive plan yet.


DETROW: Most candidates have a plan to get the country to a carbon neutral state by midcentury. Even if greenhouse gas emissions are happening, they're offset elsewhere. Bernie Sanders' plan - very aggressive. It is a $16 trillion plan to begin with.


DETROW: He wants, on paper at least, all electricity generation and transportation to be completely carbon free by 2030. So think about that. Not only are we replacing all...

CHANG: That's very ambitious.

DETROW: It is, certainly. And it is beyond current technology, for sure. We're talking about replacing all natural gas and coal power plants with renewable energy, but also airplanes, cars - everything else we use to travel on that emits carbon dioxide being totally overhauled.

CHANG: Yeah.

Impressive.  Here are some Tweets from Bernie Sanders:

  •  Pinned Tweet
    The climate crisis is the greatest challenge facing humanity. It's also our single greatest opportunity to build a just and equitable future. We are going to create 20 million jobs and an economy that works for all. It's time for a .
  • This campaign is not about middle ground solutions. This campaign is about transforming our country so that it finally works for all people, not just the rich and powerful. We are not afraid to be bold.
  • The will: ✅ Create 20 million jobs ✅ Avoid climate catastrophe ✅ Make fossil fuel companies pay their fair share ✅ Prioritize the most impacted communities This is the healthy and habitable future our people deserve.
  • We are the strongest campaign to defeat Donald Trump, and we'll do it by bringing millions of people into the political process, in every corner of this country, and build a movement based on justice. Thank you, Sacramento!
  • Why was it "normal" for taxpayers to bail out the bankers who wrecked our economy, but asking Wall Street to bail out our young people now is "radical"? Watch our full conversation with millennials in Miami premiering on tomorrow:
  • A health care system that says, "You and your family are going to lose your home because you got sick," is a system that is barbaric.
  •   Retweeted
    When I look in the faces of my children and the thousands of children I have come into contact with the Avengers, I can’t help but feel that bold plans like this are what they are owed in the face of what is coming.
  •   Retweeted
    Loooonnngg line waiting in 90+ degree heat to get into Bernie Sanders rally at Sacramento’s Cesar Chavez Park. Sen. Sanders set to speak at 6pm.
  • There is not justice when black women in America are making 61 cents on the dollar of what white men make. We have to adopt Equal Pay for Equal Work through the Paycheck Fairness Act.
  • Mr. Trump, you are not going to have a second term.
  • Coal miners are not our enemy. Oil rig workers are not our enemy. They are seeing their jobs slashed and communities destroyed while fossil fuel CEOs get richer. That is why the invests in a just transition for all workers and communities.
  •   Retweeted
    TONIGHT: Tune in as joins at 8pm ET.
  •   Retweeted
    Don’t forget that these fires are being used to violently remove indigenous peoples from their land. Climate change is caused by profit-driven colonialism. We must hold these heartless industrialists to account for their atrocities. ’s does it.
  • Fossil fuel profits are not more important than the future of the planet.
  •   Retweeted
    Today is which highlights the hard fact that Black Women in America have to work 599 days to make what white men get in 365 days. Black Women are paid 39% less than their white male counterparts. This is true in every industry. Hollywood included.
  • Unlike Trump we recognize climate change as the existential threat it is, not call it a hoax. We will create 20 million of jobs by radically transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels toward sustainable energy and averting the climate crisis. J
  •   Retweeted
    "Sanders plan distinguishes itself in how aggressively it targets the fossil fuel industry. Not only does it call for hiking up taxes and penalties on polluters, it taps the Justice Department to pursue litigation against them."
  •   Retweeted
    Exactly. has massively moved the goal posts. This is what it means to treat the climate crisis like a true emergency and build an economy that cares for people and Earth at the same time. We can do this. We just have to choose to do. Read the plan, imagine its future.
  •   Retweeted
    Specifics that will affect our gente in PR: ✅Ensure a hunger-free transition ✅Ensure FEMA protects community cohesion ✅Build resilient renewable electrical grid ✅Ensure a just-transition to economic development with a Justice Resiliency Fund
  • Fossil fuel executives should be criminally prosecuted for the destruction they have knowingly caused.

  • "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
    Thursday, August 22, 2019.  Another Democratic hopeful drops out, Israel's bombings of Iraq continue to outrage and more.

    The number of people seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination is one person smaller.

    I know you agree that our mission to defeat climate change must continue to be central to our national discussion -- and must be the top priority for our next president. But I’ve concluded that my role in that effort will not be as a candidate to be our next president.



  • As disappointing as this is, it is only right to recognize what we have accomplished and how far we have come together.

  • The tremendous grassroots outpouring of 130,000 individual donors, from every state in the nation, is a testament to the movement that we’ve built together. We hit this high bar set by the DNC. Together, we changed and shaped the entire national dialogue around climate change.

  • Many of the campaigns started with little attention to climate, but since our campaign began, we’ve seen almost every serious candidate put out a climate plan; we’ve seen climate come up in both debates; and we now have two networks hosting nationally-televised climate forums.

  • Most importantly, we have introduced a detailed and comprehensive policy blueprint for bold climate action and transformation to a clean energy economy. We will fight to ensure this gold standard of climate action is adopted and executed by our party and our next president.

  • As we turn to the future, I will have more to say about what comes next for me in the days ahead. I will continue to lead, to demand bold action, and to do everything in my power to ensure the fight to defeat climate change stays at the top of the national agenda.

  • But for now, I want to once again thank everyone who helped in this effort. We have so much to be proud of. Make no mistake, we also have a lot more work to do.

    So early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and organize. Together, we will continue the fight to defeat the climate crisis.

    For those keeping track, Jay Inslee voted against the Iraq War when he was in the US Congress.  Under current DNC guidelines, he's apparently ineligible for the presidential ticket.  2004's ticket was John Kerry and John Edwards -- both of whom voted for the Iraq War.  2008 and 2012 was Barack Obama and Joe Biden -- Joe voted for the Iraq War (Barack was not in the US Congress in 2002).  2016 saw Hillary garner the nomination and she voted for the Iraq War.

    Jay's position was of no interest to the media.  Last month''s debate saw him attempting to speak about Iraq in response to a question from Jake Tapper only to be ignored and cut off by Don Lemon.  Don didn't want to talk about an ongoing war and the suffering, he preferred to waste everyone's time on a hypothetical impeachment discussion -- no one who wins the nomination, should they become president, will have any power of impeaching Donald Trump.  Impeachment is a matter for the US Congress.

    Jay ran a campaign based on issues.  The media had no use for issues and they largely ignored him.

    He was an important voice.  Unlike Tulsi Gabbard, he tried to use his debate time to discuss war.  He was there to discuss issues, not provide cover to War Hawk Joe Biden.

    In other news, Liz Sly (WASHINGTON POST) reports:

    Iranian-backed militias in Iraq warned Wednesday that foreign aircraft flying over the country may be treated as “hostile” amid growing suspicions that Israel is responsible for mysterious explosions at militia bases.
    The warning came in a statement issued by Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the deputy commander of the powerful coalition of Shiite Muslim militias known as Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which includes paramilitary groups that owe allegiance to Iran. 
    The statement blamed Israeli drones for four big blasts at militia bases over the past month, all of them at warehouses storing ammunition and weapons, and accused the U.S. military of aiding the strikes by allowing Israel to use U.S. bases in Iraq.
    “We have informed the Joint Operations Command that we will regard any foreign aircraft flying over our headquarters without the knowledge of the Iraqi government as hostile, and will deal with it accordingly,” the statement said.
    Israel has apparently been bombing Iraq for some tie now.  Peter Beaumont (GUARDIAN) adds:

    The claim came after the findings of an Iraqi government inquiry into the huge blast at the facility of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) were leaked.
    A spokesman for the PMF said it had intelligence that showed the US had brought in four Israeli drones earlier this year to work as part of the US fleet in Iraq and target militia positions in the country.

    Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis said the PMF would from now on use “all means at its disposal to deter and prevent such attacks on our positions”.

    Last week, Iraq made a move that surprised some.

    Ken Hanly (DIGITAL JOURNAL) reported, "The US-led coalition in Iraq has issued a statement indicating that they intend to comply with demands from the PM Adel AbdulMahdi respecting the use of Iraqi airspace for US warplanes."  Meghann Myers (MILITARY TIMES) explained:

     U.S. military officials in Iraq will now seek out Iraqi approval before launching any air operations, a move made a day after that nation’s prime minister announced a ban of unauthorized flights, including those involving coalition forces fighting ISIS.
    Top leaders with Operation Inherent Resolve, the joint task force leading anti-ISIS efforts in the country, have met with Iraqi defense officials to discuss the mandate to have every helicopter, unmanned aerial vehicle and fighter aircraft launch pre-approved, according to a Friday release from the Pentagon.

    “As guests within Iraq’s sovereign borders, CJTF-OIR complies with all Iraqi laws and direction from the Government of Iraq,” the release said. “The U.S.-led coalition immediately complied with all directions received from our Iraqi partners as they implemented the Prime Minister’s order.”

    KURDISTAN 24 added,"The orders came after rumors spread on the Iraqi social media networks with some activists claiming the explosion in the militia’s munitions warehouse was in the result of an air attack by an Israeli fighter jet. Multiple Iraqi officials made the same claim."  Israeli government sources (unnamed) have claimed to the Israeli press that the government was responsible for two bombings of Iraq awhile ago.  From the June 30th snapshot:

    How is this not an act of war?

    Israel has expanded its operations against Iranian targets to Iraq, where Air Force jets have struck twice in ten days, a report said Tuesday morning.
    Israel commonly conducts strikes in Syrian territory, targeting Iranian missile shipments meant for Lebanese terror group Hezbollah to use against the Jewish state, but strikes in Iraq by Israel have not been reported since the 1981 bombing of a nuclear reactor.

    That's from Michael Bachner's report for THE TIMES OF ISRAEL.

    Repeating: How is this not an act of war? 

    What if it was the US that was bombed?

    Let's use Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an example because on his visit to the US he had his goons attack peaceful protesters -- and by the way, Barack Obama was president and refused to condemn that publicly.  But Recep decides peaceful protesters are terrorists so he decides to send Turkish war planes over Baltimore to bomb the city.

    We would rightly see that as an act of war.

    How is this any different?

    Tzvi Joffre and Anna Ahronheim (THE JERUSALEM POST) add:

    Israel used their F-35i stealth fighter jets to conduct attacks on Iranian targets to Iraq in the past month, hitting two Iraqi bases used by Iranian forces and proxies and storing Iranian ballistic missiles, the London-based Saudi daily Al Sharq Al Awsat reported on Tuesday.  
    The first attack happened on July 19 at a base in Amreli in the Saladin province of Iraq. Iraqi and Iranian sources blamed Israel at the time, and Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that "diplomatic sources" confirmed this to be true, specifying that the attack was carried out by an Israeli F-35.

    Al-Arabiya reported that Iranian-made ballistic missiles were transported to the base shortly before the attack via trucks used to transport refrigerated food. The identity of the aircraft which conducted the attack was unspecified at the time, and the US denied any involvement. Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah members were killed in the air strike, according to Al-Arabiya, however the Iranian-backed al-Hashd ash-Sha'abi (Popular Mobilization Forces - PMF) denied that any Iranians had been killed in the attack, according to Fars.

    Again, if Turkey did that to the US, we would rightly see it as an act of war.  The only way we wouldn't see it as such would be if we learned that whomever our sitting president at the time was, that the sitting president had given an okay for the operation.

    So that's really the first question to be asking right now.

    Did the Iraqi government give permission?

    We know the Parliament didn't.  Allowing Israel to drop bombs on Iraq would be a very unpopular position in Iraq.  Anyone known to have supported it would not only have trouble being re-elected, they might be targeted with violence.  More to the point, though, the body is too large to keep a secret so if the Parliament signed off on it, it would have been known before the attack took place.

    So did the leadership sign off on the attack?  That would be the prime minister -- who has the actual power -- and the president.  The presidential post is supposed to be a ceremonial one with no real powers to speak of.  But Barham Salih has gone out of his way to grab powers and the US press, mirroring the US State Dept's position, has gone out of their way to treat him like a leader of the country.  Adil Abdul-Mahdi is the prime minister.  He's the only one who should have had the power for the okay (if Parliament's approval was not sought, he's the only one who could have given permission).

    So the recent attack on the munitions warehouse is the third attack that the Israeli government is suspected of having carried out.  These attacks are likely the reason for the prime minister addressing the issue of Iraqi air space -- finally addressing.

    The notion that Israel is bombing Iraq has outraged the Iraqi people (as well as their neighbors).

    Meanwhile in news of hysterics . . .

    This is no longer funny. Danish troops fought alongside the US in Afghanistan and Iraq. 50 Danes died. The president dishonors the alliance and their sacrifice. On the same day he sought to appease Putin by supporting his return to the G8.

    Clutch the pearls, Tom, with your anus.  Nothing the president has in the Tweet you reposted is worth gasping over.  And you're the one who is "no longer funny" as you try to use the illegal Iraq War to prop up your stupid argument because you're too inept to argue policy.  This has nothing to do with the ongoing Iraq War.  This has nothing to do with X number of people killed -- or when!  You trot out Iraq to use as a prop, you try to silence a serious conversation by hiding behind that topic but otherwise you ignore the ongoing suffering in Iraq, ,the ongoing war.

    You're pathetic.  I don't expect much from Donald Trump -- I didn't vote for him.  But right now, I'm more appalled by you than by his Tweet.  You have serious issues and you actually are a menace to honest and free debate.

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