Stealing the Climate at COP 20

It really is the picture of true hypocrisy. The statements today by Secretary of State John Kerry at the COP 20 Climate talks in Lima Peru and recent statements by President Obama stand in stark contrast to their actions with regards to fossil fuel. US policy is also connected directly to the crash of a Malaysian jetliner earlier this year over Ukraine. They also show a substantial lack of understanding on how climate change affects current geopolitical issues and how it will drive those issues in the coming tears and decades and beyond. Kerry, in his speech, disconnected them from climate change:

“Measured against the array of global threats that we face today – and there are many – terrorism, extremism, epidemics, poverty, nuclear proliferation – all challenges that know no borders – climate change absolutely ranks up there equal with all of them. And I challenge anyone who has thought about the science or listened – actually listened carefully to national security experts tell us that these dangers are real…”

The fact is, under the current geopolitical climate, driven by rogue capitalism, corporate greed, and short term economic vision most often defined by oil and gas revenues, the specter of climate catastrophe guarantees the expansion of poverty, epidemics and the potential for war. The so called war on ISIS carries a dimension of the climate crisis as fresh water sources around the planet become increasingly imperiled. While both a natural regional route and a historically strategic place, ISIS has sought quite specifically to control the Euphrates Tigris delta, the region’s preeminent source of water.

COP20, a politicized and coopted event favoring big oil propagandists over true climate science and climate activists served to highlight, along with Kerry’s statements the insincerity and lack of determination by world leaders. More from Kerry:

“The science of climate change is science, and it is screaming at us, warning us, compelling us – hopefully – to act. Ninety-seven percent of peer- reviewed climate studies have confirmed that climate change is happening and that human activity is responsible. And I’ve been involved, as many of you have, in public policy debates for a long time. It’s pretty rare to get a simple majority or a supermajority of studies to say the same thing, but 97 percent over 20-plus years – that is a dramatic statement of fact that no one of good conscience or good faith should be able to ignore. …And they agree that if we continue down the same path that we are on today, the world as we know it will change profoundly and it will change dramatically for the worse.”

Meanwhile, Kerry’s stalwart rhetoric does not reflect his actions and the actions of the administration. President Obama and democrats sent very mixed signals and teetered towards approval of the XL Keystone pipeline in a bid to help Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu’s failing election runoff earlier this month. Landrieu was in favor of Keystone. Kerry remains silent on Keystone ahead of his recommendation regarding the future of the pipeline. Indeed, even after the ultimate political demise of Mary Landrieu, and after alienating a great many progressives over Keystone and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which would be catastrophic for the climate, the Obama administration continues to flip flop on climate issues.

The worst part, is that the Administration’s political gaming, weighed quite transparently by oil and gas interests is causing lives that can be directly attributed to climate issues and the global race for every last drop, tar sand or to squeeze that dark liquid from rocks. In July, 300 people died when a commercial airliner was shot down over Ukraine. That war is quite literally a fight between the US and Russia over vast oil and gas reserves, with the US posturing towards reserves in the north, while Russia struggles for reserves in Crimea and the Black Sea. Caught in the crossfire was Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, downed in a case of mistaken identity by pro-Russian rebels.

Despite blustering, the Administration’s fingerprints are on that war crime equally with Putin’s. The children of both Vice President Joe Biden and John Kerry are directly involved with Burisma, Ukraine’s largest oil and gas concern. Hunter Biden and Christopher Heinz, Kerry’s stepson, regardless of denials carry the weight of the US government. In June 2014 Hunter Biden, sporting an American flag lapel pin attended the inauguration of Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s new president, telling the new leader, a billionaire and businessman that “there is a window for peace and you know as well as anyone that it will not stay open indefinitely … America is with you.”

But America is not with Ukraine in a blood for oil folly. Kerry and the administration must hear the words they so eloquently pander, like stage dressing for the poison of fossil fuels were are being fed. They must hear those words and change them into action, even though it may already be too late to prevent the head on collision between humanity and global climate change. No longer are we talking about prevention, but rather about survival. A decade or two ago we might have used action to mitigate the catastrophe, now we need it in order to exist.

Read the full transcript of Kerry’s speech here

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Progressives held hostage Day 11

Usual suspects? Real progressives might wish, but progressives and the progressive movement have suffered a betrayal from within. Progressives have been taken hostage by Democrat party apparchiks and ideologues. Hardly more than a week ago so-called progressive talk host Stephanie Miller and her crew on air mocked a listener who was concerned she was not addressing the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact that would cripple national sovereignty, subvert US law, allow corporations the power of treaty in looting national treasuries, reverse environmental laws and eliminate net-neutrality. Miller dismissed the listener’s concerns smugly calling it the ”trans-pacific something…”

And it isn’t just Miller, who obviously has been instructed, or is in blind allegiance to the Obama administration for message control over Obama’s apparent insistence on getting legislation for the treaty fast-tracked through Congress. Fast track would prevent debate and oversight. Congress, when they have been allowed access to information about TPP, are forced to keep details secret from the American people.

Miller has become a tool for the two party system; a blind partisan for the Obama administration to the detriment of issues critical to our democracy and to true Progressives. Daily her show becomes one of distraction. It has sold itself, apparently, sacrificing real issues for clowning polemics on distraction, such as the Chris Christie story. With fleeting and minor success over gay marriage-successes the Right will erase quickly against a weakened Progressive movement- Miller seems content to rest on those illusionary laurels.

On this past Friday’s show there was nothing on TPP, the NATO3 or the MICAT 3. Instead, there was almost an hour of Woody Allen sex scandal, gay dinosaurs and the official greeting of Missouri. Clearly those are paramount issues. Certainly Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and Glenn Beck are just as focused on those paramount issues.

The MICATS 3 facing 3 years for protesting the culprit of the worst oil spill in US history, and not a word from Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz or MSNBC

The MICATS 3 facing 3 years for protesting the culprit of the worst oil spill in US history, and not a word from Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz or MSNBC

And it isn’t only Miller. This week Ed Schultz, another party blowhard, came out in favor of the XL Keystone Pipeline, which might explain his failure in even mentioning Lisa Leggio, Barb carter and Vicci Hamlin, all of whom should be household names to all Progressives. Schultz has also gone radio-silent on TPP, which initially he was against. What has changed? My guess is that the administration-pro TPP and pro XL- now are attempting through Schultz and others in the corporately-co-opted pretend progressive press to massage the message.

These fake Progressives once helped to rally a community, but now have abandoned it with a cruelly co-opted message of distraction. What is far worse, this comes at a time when true Progressives are under assault more from the Obama administration than from the Right. Instead, the Right, knowing that Obama is fully at war with the progressive movement maintains their constant and daily drumbeat of rightwing messaging. MSNBC might as well be the Chris Christie Channel for all it covers anymore.

I am so disgusted by the lack of cohesion and support for a vibrant and active Progressive community, I am put off entirely by the lazy leftists and facebook liberals. When it became obvious that the so-called Leftie media was instead steering dissent and issues to protect and message for the Obama administration then enough was enough. AM1710-Q4 radio, was born to start rebuilding the Progressive and activist media the Millers, Schultz’ and MSNBCs have left in shambles.

It’s time to reject the party line, because the Democrats have fallen in line with the corporatists alongside their Republican cousins. Build a new media, stand together on the significant issues and start fighting the real enemy. Meantime call Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz and ask them to begin addressing the actual issues important to Progressives and to the future of this Republic, or just cop to the fact that their nose is so far up Obama’s ass they can see what he’s just eaten for lunch.

WC Turck has been called “The most dangerous voice on the Left.” He can be heard on Chicago’s only voice for activism, and the true Progressive voice, Q4 radio, streaming weekdays from 9-11am. And listen to Revolution and Beer Weekend with partner and cohost BL Murray Saturdays from 1-3pm. Turck is the author of 4 books. His first novel “Broken: One soldiers unexpected journey home,” was recommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes in 2008 for its treatment of PTSD. “Everything for Love” is a memoir of love and war during the siege of Sarajevo. “Burn Down the Sky” was published in 2010 on Amazon as an e-book fictionalized his experiences and insights on the frontlines of the war on terror. “The Last Man,” an Occupy novel is a warning about world ruled by a single corporation. Turck wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart: A revolutionary Christmas Carol,” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” His current project is to build and proliferate truly independent media and radio stations across the country.

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Free the Enbridge 3

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