Friday, July 22, 2011
Mayor Bloomberg gives $50 million to fight coal-fired power plants
WaPo By Christian Torres and and Juliet Eilperin, Published: July 21, 2011
22 jul 11 @ 3:28 pm edt
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that he will donate $50 million to the Sierra Club to support
its nationwide campaign to eliminate coal-fired power plants.
Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune described the gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies, to be spread over
four years, as “a game-changer, from our perspective.” The group will devote the money to its Beyond Coal campaign,
which has helped block the construction of 153 new coal-fired power plants across the country since 2002. The campaign will
expand from 15 to 45 states, plus the District of Columbia.
Among current targets is the Potomac River Generating
Station in Alexandria, which was the backdrop for Thursday’s announcement. Bloomberg, Brune and Rep. James P. Moran
(D-Va.) spoke on the deck of the restaurant cruise ship Nina’s Dandy, which floated several hundred yards away on the
Potomac River. Moran said the plant “should have been shut down decades ago.”
As mayor of
New York, Bloomberg (I) has pushed for environmentally friendly policies such as investing in renewable energy and making
the city’s taxi fleet more efficient. But this is his largest financial contribution to an environmental effort, and
the donation will swell the Sierra Club’s $80 million annual budget.
Bloomberg also tied the coal-burning
issue to his work in public health, which includes bans on smoking in New York. He said he is now “joining another front
for clean air” by contributing to the Sierra Club, and he plans to commit his time and energy to the campaign.
Scott Segal, a coal lobbyist, said in an e-mail that although it is up to the mayor’s foundation to determine which
contributions make sense, “the mayor well knows that the key to New York’s success lies in access to affordable
and reliable power.”
Asked about the city’s energy supply, Bloomberg was frank about the choices. New
York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and others have pressed to close the nearby Indian Point nuclear power plant, but the mayor said
city residents get more than 8 percent of their electricity from the facility and lack a ready substitute. “It’s
just not practical to close it down at the moment,” he said.
With Bloomberg’s donation, the Sierra
Club plans to expand its Beyond Coal staff from about 100 people to nearly 200 full-time employees. Most of them will engage
in grass-roots organizing, but some will work on lawsuits or social networking.
The announcement underscores the
extent to which environmentalists are focused on efforts beyond the Beltway, given the opposition in Congress to nationwide
limits on greenhouse gas emissions.Continue story here
Student debt tops new Green candidate's priority list
22 jul 11 @ 9:00 am edt
Edward Lindsay Texas Green Party running or Congress in 2012
22 jul 11 @ 8:51 am edt
Texas Green Party's Ed Lindsay running for Congress in 2012
It's not right that the U.S. House Oil Party wants to take
away deductions which help Americans live day by day while not willing to take away he deductions that allow over sixty percent
of American corporations to pay ZERO income taxes.
Here's what they want to do: reduce popular tax breaks for mortgage interest, health
insurance, charitable giving and retirement savings.
Your Congressman has been giving oil
and gas companies subsidies when they don't need them. We will be faced with higher taxes of at least $1.2 trillion
or more over the next decade while the great majority of American corporations will continue to pay no income taxes; because
your Congressmen call closing these loopholes a "tax increase." That's BS!
law, a corporation is an individual and should be treated as an individual for income tax purposes, and no special allowances
should be given unless given to ALL Americans.
In addition, there should be NO cuts to Medicare
and to Social Security.
These programs are funded entirely separately from the income derived for the Federal
Budget and should be treated accordingly.
If Congress would pay back what it owes these programs, then both
Medicare and Social Security would be in much better shape; but Congressmen won't do that. Shame on them.
It's about time that Congress started treating us Americans the way we should be treated and NOT catering
to lobbyists, the super rich and corporations. They can start by giving us the same benefits that they enjoy. What
makes them so special anyway? And why don't they pay into Social Security?
Here's a suggestion:
Let everyone who has an earned income pay into Social Security and into Medicare. Also, keep the deductions or
housing interest, etc., but have a proportional income tax scale that ranges from zero to thirty percent for everyone, corporations
included, but without the special loopholes that are unfair for the rest of us. A tax code of 17,000 pages is ridiculous
and those who support such should be fired!
I support a Balanced Budget Amendment except in times of
declared war or national emergencies. Plus, I support a plan to start reducing the Federal Debt but not on the backs
of those who already are paying their
I am sending this to my Congressman. Do
any of you have have enough interest in this country to join me? If so, then do what is right for us Americans who pay
for their outrageous salaries and benefits.
If you believe in this cause, then please
pass it on.
Finally, anyone who would like to contribute to my efforts to defeat those
career politicians in Congress can do so by using the below address:
Ed for Congress
Tierney Ct. South
Fort Worth, TX 76112
Thank you and
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Matthew Simpson petitioning to get on ballot for House of Delegates
21 jul 11 @ 9:32 pm edt
Matthew Simpson petitioning to get on ballot for House of Delegates in Fredericksburg,
Dianne Blais in Green Party Minute candidate for House of Delegates district 40
21 jul 11 @ 7:22 am edt
Dianne Blais candidate for Virginia House of Delegates district 40 featured in Green Party Minute video.
Germany's Green Party on the Euro Crisis
21 jul 11 @ 7:17 am edt
In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Cem Özdemir, the co-leader of Germany's Green Party, talks of the
challenges that Greece faces in sorting out its finances, argues in favor of a debt restructuring and calls on Chancellor
Merkel to push for resolute action at Thursday's EU summit.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Özdemir,
you have been in Greece for talks for the past few days. Do you have the feeling that you, as a German, are still welcome
The Greeks know that there is more to Germany than just the Chancellery -- where for a long time people have been sticking their heads in the sand , hoping that the euro crisis will somehow solve itself. People are aware that we Greens also exist, in the opposition,
and that we have a clear European vision. They also know that even within the ruling conservative Christian Democrats (CDU)
there are isolated voices of reason, such as German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and certain CDU representatives
in the European Parliament.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Pat LaMarche on protecting Social Security, and her Uncle Paul
19 jul 11 @ 10:37 pm edt
Kentucky Green Party weekend convention
19 jul 11 @ 8:09 pm edt
Kentucky Green Party weekend convention
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Monday, July 18, 2011
National U.S. Green Party meeting August
18 jul 11 @ 9:27 pm edt
Illinois Green Party pushes for nuclear safety - replace with renewables
18 jul 11 @ 9:24 pm edt
Independent Green attend No Labels national leadership meeting
18 jul 11 @ 9:07 pm edt
Lorett Leman, Lisa Leman, with former Comptroller General David Walker interviews for Green Party Minute
at today's (Monday July 18, 2011) Washington D.C. meeting of congressional district leaders. Carey Campbell interviewed
by ZDF, Germany's second TV network.
click to watch videos here
Juergen Trittin in Green Party Minute interview
18 jul 11 @ 7:16 am edt
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Green Party's Trittin Heads to U.S. as German Greens Surge
9 jul 11 @ 12:22 am edt
Merkel Rival Trittin Heads to U.S. as German Greens Surge
German Green Party co-leader
Juergen Trittin is traveling to New York and Washington next week to meet with Obama administration officials as he burnishes his profile ahead of a possible run
for the Chancellery in 2013.
Trittin, a former environment minister in Gerhard Schroeder’s Social Democrat-led coalition with the Greens from 1998 to 2005, said he plans to meet with members
of the United Nations Security Council and officials from the Pentagon, State Department, the Senate and the White House. Talks with U.S. Ambassador
to the UN Susan Rice have been confirmed during his five-day trip beginning July 11, a party official said. “The U.S. is our most relevant ally in the world,” Trittin, who co-chairs the Greens caucus in the lower
house of parliament, or Bundestag, said in an interview in his Berlin office yesterday. “Contacts between the Congress
and the Bundestag, between the German Bundestag and the administration, are a normal necessity.”
Trittin’s visit underscores the Green surge in the past 18 months as the former environmental protest party
has capitalized on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s weakness. After party in-fighting and flip-flops on Greece and nuclear power, Merkel’s coalition trails the Greens and Social Democrats in polls by as many as 12 percentage points.
Spiegel magazine described Trittin, 56, as the “key figure” in German politics in this week’s edition.
“The rise of the Greens is very serious, it’s here to stay,” said Jan Techau, director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Brussels and a former analyst at the German Council on Foreign
Relations. “The Greens’ program is in line with center-left German mainstream thinking. They’re open, liberal
but don’t want to change the system. They wash their yogurt containers and recycle everything but they’re not
afraid of being affluent.”
Support for the Greens fell 1 percentage point to 23 percent in a weekly Forsa poll
today. That’s still more than double the 10.6 percent it won at the last federal election in September 2009. With the
Social Democrats also at 23 percent, the allies are 1 point short of the necessary support to form a coalition if elections were held now,
according to Forsa.
Investigate Murdock!, Australian Green Party Senator says
Australia Green Party calls for inquiry into Murdoch media
9 jul 11 @ 12:17 am edt
The leader of Australia's Green party has called on the government to investigate Rupert
Murdoch's extensive media holdings in Australia.
Party leader Bob Brown, a senator, urged the
inquiry following fresh revelations in the UK over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
Murdoch-owned paper is accused of hacking into the phones of crime victims, celebrities and politicians.
Mr Brown said the potential for similar activity in Australia should be probed.
Ohio Green Party files lawsuit
9 jul 11 @ 12:13 am edt
Green Party to file election
Rios to run for Toledo
By Kevin Milliken, Special to La Prensa
Ohio’s Green Party intends to file a lawsuit challenging
an election reform bill recently passed by the state legislature that the group claims could mean the end of minority political
parties in the Buckeye state.
The bill is prompting Green Party of Ohio co-chair Anita Rios to run for Toledo City Council this year,
before the party may lose its political clout. Sean Nestor also is a Green Party candidate seeking a city council
the State chooses to outlaw us or not, we will continue to fight for what’s right,” said Ms. Rios. “Our
fights to end nuclear power, protect workers' rights, and help minorities and
women are too important to let the two
larger parties stop us, just because they are afraid of a little competition.”
The Green Party of Ohio chose the Fourth of July to issue its threat,
because party officials believe state lawmakers are launching an attack on democracy, which the holiday celebrates.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Carey Campbell launches campaign on July 4, 2011
4 jul 11 @ 5:16 pm edt
Carey Campbell, Independent Greens Chairman
Carey Campbell launched his
2011 campaign for Fairfax County Board of supervisors on July 4, 2011. Carey Campbell is a U.S. Air Force veteran, accountant,
member of the North Springfield Civic Association Board, North Springfield PTA. Carey Campbell is also co-chair of
the Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations budget, and transportation committees. Carey Campbell is a graduate
of the University of Maryland (European Division). Carey Campbell also attended the University of Freiburg, Germany.
Carey Campbell calls for "More Trains, Less Traffic", "More Solar,
Green Party calls for creating Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
4 jul 11 @ 5:11 pm edt
Green Party Fraction Chef Volker Ratzmann and Renate Künast on the way to press conference
calling for creating new Green Jobs!
Green Party moves to stop sale of Panzer tanks to Saudia Arabia
4 jul 11 @ 4:54 pm edt
Agnes Malczak, Green Party member of the German Parliament, and defense committee
Saudia Arabia trying to
buy 200 Leopard Panzer tanks from Germany. The Green Party moves to stop the "dangerous" sale.
saudi-arabische Sicherheitskreise, das Königreich wolle 200 Leopard-Panzer
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Green Party fights for mainstream pro eco business, and votes
3 jul 11 @ 9:47 pm edt
Friday, July 1, 2011
Green Party takes balance of power in Australia's Senate
1 jul 11 @ 9:26 pm edt
Balance of power demands a new responsibility.
Today marks a new era in Australian
politics. The Greens assume the balance of power in the Senate, following the election of four new senators at the last
federal poll. Each state has a Greens representative, while for good measure in the lower house, Adam Bandt sits as the Greens
MP for the seat of Melbourne. This marks a significant moment in Australian politics, not only for the party itself but
the nation as a whole. As the minority Gillard government navigates its survival on almost a daily basis, it is the Greens
who have the certainty in their ability to influence and guide the direction of the nation through their crucial numbers
in the upper house. For the party that emerged from the environmental movement, it is a remarkable rise to importance and
prominence. Bob Brown, the party's leader and elder statesman, has been there for the entire journey. Four decades ago,
he first stood as an unsuccessful candidate for the newly-formed United Tasmania Group, the world's first green party, which
later morphed into the Tasmanian Greens. Much of the success of the Greens can be attributed to Brown's ability to articulate
a different view, often infused with a sense of compassion. In an era where politicians struggle to define clear identities,
Brown rises above the pack. The change in the Senate numbers from today should be a justified moment of celebration for Brown
and a party that has successfully challenged the dominance of the two main players in Australian politics.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/editorial/australia-turns-a-deeper-shade-of-green-20110630-1gsul.html#ixzz1QuHdQee5
Petra Kelly, Green Party founder.
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