Kick the Oil Barons out of our Government!

A new report by the Department of Energy claims the United States has enough existing renewable energy to supply 80% of the nation’s electricity use by 2050. This is the largest study to date regarding our nation’s renewable energy capacity. But it’s reminiscent of a 1978 White House report during the Carter Administration that suggested the United States could become a “solar society” by the year 2020. Unfortunately, we know what happened since then.

Ronald Reagan moved into the White House and took down the solar panels atop it. And for the next 30 years, big oil exerted more and more influence on our government to keep us all addicted to their product, culminating in 2000 when two oil men – Bush and Cheney – were elected to the White House.

If we’re ever going to get off our 19th century oil binge and join the rest of the world in using 21st century renewable energy sources – then we need to kick the oil barons out of our government.


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clubproducer 3 years 14 weeks ago

News You Never Expected:

Rhode Island Governor today signed into law, the nation's first Homeless Bill of Rights

It protects people who are homeless from discrimination in employment, emergency medical care, use of public spaces, voting and in dealings with state, city and private agencies.

From the smallest state in the country come big things. Hopefully more states will pick it up.

A pat on the back to Governor Chaffee

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jswood41 3 years 14 weeks ago

Truthfully never.

The oligarchs won't be able to tolerate losing control and we have witnessed how resistant they are to change.

In their arrogance they will inadvertantly start a nuclear exchange which will effectively wipe out the northern hemisphere.

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js121 3 years 14 weeks ago

If we Could get corporations out of gov't, it would take us 5 years - max - to replace our reliance on oil with green energy. Other major countries have done it and I believe we can do it, too. Reinstate tax credits for solar, wind power and let homeowners install and use. Let us sell energy back to the grid. Towns in Ontario, Canada make a LOT of $$ selling back energy and share the profits. We can actually MAKE $$ using green energy. Corporations cry it'll break them to turn green - BS...Heinz did it and make $$ as have other corporations. Exxon, etc are bigger than our gov', a more appopriate question would be....How long will it take to rid our gov't of Big Corporations influence and lobbying.

tdhunt 3 years 14 weeks ago

I will take us taking the House back and getting rid of the philibuster. Then overturning Citizens United.

It will take everyone gettting out to vote

So it will take the next four years.

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HalFonts 3 years 14 weeks ago

Could happen; but won't.

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humanitys team 3 years 14 weeks ago

We need to educate our elders to take care of the earth ,ask older adults to stop depleting fossil fuels and further polluting the atmosphere ,they do not have to do this ,solar power is the obvious solution to this!!

The earths temperature has to be monitored to keep within range for life to thrive and for it to remain the paradise that it is !!

The forests have to be preserved ,you can have all the newspaper you want from growing a small plant(HEMP),the present older generation is destroying the planet and its own oxygen creation-and -purification system for no reason at all,ask the older generation to keep the water pure,and stop using so much of it .Give the Earth a chance to replenish itself.Incredible stress is being placed on our natural systems .

Our nutrient- rich top soil is almost gone .Corporate farming groups refuse to rotate crops or give growing fields a chance to reconstitute themselves .So they put chemicals into the soil to try to do the job of nature.Humans are chemicalizing themselves to death.

The young people have a right to know what is going on and a right for the human soul of humanity to change any governance that is not producing the highest outcomes that serve life as PRIME VALUE AND SUSTAIN LIFE INTO THE FUTURE until the seventh generation.


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It seems like the most popular word in this election cycle is 'inequality,' but we need more than talk to narrow the great divide between the haves and have-nots in our nation.

According to a recent article by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, the pro-corporate elite have rigged the system against us, and it's going to take the majority of us standing together to change the system.

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