Bernie introduces a bold new plan for Climate Action!

Vermont Senator and democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders announced his energy and climate plan for the United States early Monday.

The plan - called "People Before Polluters" calls for a revenue-neutral carbon tax - a path to 100 percent renewable energy and an end to fossil fuel lobbying and tax breaks.

In a nearly 5,000 word plan posted on his website - Bernie Sanders lays out exactly how he aims to keep our planet habitable and safe for our kids and grandkids - by putting the US on track to cut carbon pollution by 80% by 2050.

But it's not just for our kids - his plan will also create a "Clean-Energy Workforce" of 10 million good-paying jobs in the process - and will return billions of dollars to consumers by taxing the polluters who are causing the climate crisis.

There's no doubt that this is the strongest climate plan proposed by any candidate from either of the major parties - but hopefully it will encourage other candidates to take the wellbeing of our planet seriously.

It's strong - popular - and truly forward thinking policies like this that help explain why readers voted Bernie as their "Time Person of the Year."

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JLC 8 years 28 weeks ago
#1

Thom - - this is not on point but I heard your discussion on last Friday’s show about why the banksters hate Federal debt and deficits. I thought you’d be interested in what the great James Galbraith had to say about this very issue in his article, “In Defense of Deficits” (Nation magazine, March 4, 2010):

“To put things crudely, there are two ways to get the increase in total spending that we call ‘economic growth.’ One way is for government to spend. The other is for banks to lend. Leaving aside short-term adjustments like increased net exports or financial innovation, that’s basically all there is. Governments and banks are the two entities with the power to create something from nothing. If total spending power is to grow, one or the other of these two great financial motors–public deficits or private loans–has to be in action.

“For ordinary people, public budget deficits, despite their bad reputation, are much better than private loans. Deficits put money in private pockets. Private households get more cash. They own that cash free and clear, and they can spend it as they like. If they wish, they can also convert it into interest-earning government bonds or they can repay their debts. This is called an increase in “net financial wealth.” Ordinary people benefit, but there is nothing in it for banks.

“And this, in the simplest terms, explains the deficit phobia of Wall Street, the corporate media and the right-wing economists. Bankers don’t like budget deficits because they compete with bank loans as a source of growth. When a bank makes a loan, cash balances in private hands also go up. But now the cash is not owned free and clear. There is a contractual obligation to pay interest and to repay principal. If the enterprise defaults, there may be an asset left over–a house or factory or company–that will then become the property of the bank. It’s easy to see why bankers love private credit but hate public deficits.

“All of this should be painfully obvious, but it is deeply obscure. It is obscure because legions of Wall Streeters–led notably in our time by Peter Peterson and his front man, former comptroller general David Walker, and including the Robert Rubin wing of the Democratic Party and numerous “bipartisan” enterprises like the Concord Coalition and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget–have labored mightily to confuse the issues.”

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Hephaestus 8 years 28 weeks ago
#2

How to destroy banksters ***((()))

Break them up first into very much smaller units

Legislate against "fractional reserve banking"

Very simple

Sadly some people lost their lives trying

Lincoln likely was first...Kennedy + brother were in the crosshairs it seems

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ezwriter 8 years 28 weeks ago
#3

Considering the plethora of evidence that geoengineering is causing climate change/global warming, and that this issue is a hoax, perhaps we should educate ourselves about the chemtrails that are so prevalent in our skies today. More and more people are waking up to understand the sinister agenda behind the chemtrails, and the time to address this is NOW!

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Dr PeterPalms 8 years 28 weeks ago
#4

Hello Tohm . I want to let you know again that there is no Global warming.

Phoenix Five Earth Changes Bulletin
2014, by Michael Wells Mandeville

Bulletin Item: Climate Change (Global Governance Takeover) talks in Paris starting a day early. (Nov 29) 2015

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-paris-climate-conference-day-early.html

I have decided to sit with this to summarize the machinations and the fundamental critiques to produce a serious document which will hold throughout the next few years on the topic.

The reason is very simple. Quite a few perspectives have finally brought together enough data and empirical observations to be very clear about the fundamentals.

Global Warming is not happening

All the claims and charts and reports about such are contrived exercises of extreme quackademery.

There is no significant "climate change" in the sense of a transformation of natural processes.

There are natural solar driven processes which are clearly "cycling" the planet into a "cool phase"

The concept of "extreme weather" now being reported widely has been induced by the same jackasses pushing global warming as a concept. We are more aware of extreme events because of increased reporting and weather analysis and an induced hyper-sensitivity to the issue. Somewhere a local record is ALWAYS being broken. ALWAYS.

Tornadoes and Hurricanes are actually at lower levels overall than in previous decades.

Physicists (real ones) prove that co2 levels cannot alter the average heat of the earth. The idea that CO2 levels of any kind are causing climate changes of any kind is mathematically impossible. The claim is nothing more than a phony scam for manipulating gullible people.

The fundamental long term perspective which is easily proven is that the Earth is in a major "cool phase" compared to the millenniums and geological ages of the past. There was a recent warming up (slight) during the last half of the 20th century along with an increase in average solar activity which spanned most of the same decades.

The Sun is now less activity and appears or "looks" like it may get less active like previous "cool periods" during the past 1000 years.

Mirroring this decline, almost all glaciation is increasing on all continents. Polar ice at both ends is increasing. Greenland is colder, Canadian Arctic is colder, Antarctica is at record levels of growth.

2+2=4, it really does, draw the obvious conclusion.

So called sea level increase is decreasing. (BTW this measurements avoid the phenomenon of coastal uplift and coastal submergence in the great subduction zones, which is a ceaseless change - measuring a change in sea level at a place probably indicates little more than the rate of uplift or downwarp OF THE LAND at that particular spot).

In any event, the hysterical claims still being pushed by the Alarmists about a major rise in sea level is nothing but a hobgoblin to freak the "kids". There simply is not enough available ice to melt to create ANY average rise in sea level beyond a few centimeters. It would take a temperature change of 100 degrees on the South Pole to melt enough ice to change coastlines. It isn't going to happen by CO2. If if does so because of a huge change in solar output, melting ice would BE THE LEAST OF OUR PROBLEMS.

Everything has been debunked. EVERYTHING HAS BEEN DEBUNKED. EVERYTHING HAS BEEN DEBUNKED.

THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE, AS PREDICTED DECADES AGO, IS NOTHING BUT POLITICAL THEATRE TO GRAB POWER FOR FREAKS WHO WANT TO IMPOSE DIKTAT OVER EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE. At the core of it are Bolsheviks who want to remake you in their image, and their image is not pretty, and their sponsors, the hereditary aristocracies whose cabals are busily re-creating neo-feudal estates for themselves to control all resources on Earth.

So actually the news is quite uplifting. They haven't a leg to stand on. They are a sick, sorry, and fairly stupid crew. They can and will be easily driven off the state of history. We will see some of that this next two weeks. There are major contentions and splits going on in the political elites, they will not be able to seal the deal the Bolsheviks want.

Just call the BS on all that they do and say. Every opportunity. Somebody mentions global warming? Look strangely at them and simply say, "Dude", it is simply not happening, It's all a big fat lie...haven't you noticed that winters are colder than the past?". That's the universal message, the universal meme which unlocks the scam and frees people from the hypnosis of the mass media.

Enjoy Thanksgiving. Give thanks especially that we can now decisively free ourselves from this hobgoblin. Later today or tomorrow I will send a compilation of U tube videos by experts who will march you through all the graphs and charts which document every aspect of what I have just said above.

The godfather of global warming lowers the boom on climate change

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/06/22/green-drivel

Eighteen months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to msnbc.com in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change.

The implications were extraordinary.

Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist whose Gaia theory — that the Earth operates as a single, living organism — has had a profound impact on the development of global warming theory.

Unlike many “environmentalists,” who have degrees in political science, Lovelock, until his recent retirement at age 92, was a much-honored working scientist and academic.

His inventions have been used by NASA, among many other scientific organizations.

Lovelock’s invention of the electron capture detector in 1957 first enabled scientists to measure CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) and other pollutants in the atmosphere, leading, in many ways, to the birth of the modern environmental movement.

Having observed that global temperatures since the turn of the millennium have not gone up in the way computer-based climate models predicted, Lovelock acknowledged, “the problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago.” Now, Lovelock has given a follow-up interview to the UK’s Guardian newspaper in which he delivers more bombshells sure to anger the global green movement, which for years worshipped his Gaia theory and apocalyptic predictions that billions would die from man-made climate change by the end of this century.

Lovelock still believes anthropogenic global warming is occurring and that mankind must lower its greenhouse gas emissions, but says it’s now clear the doomsday predictions, including his own (and Al Gore’s) were incorrect.

He responds to attacks on his revised views by noting that, unlike many climate scientists who fear a loss of government funding if they admit error, as a freelance scientist, he’s never been afraid to revise his theories in the face of new evidence. Indeed, that’s how science advances.

Among his observations to the Guardian:

(1) A long-time supporter of nuclear power as a way to lower greenhouse gas emissions, which has made him unpopular with environmentalists, Lovelock has now come out in favour of natural gas fracking (which environmentalists also oppose), as a low-polluting alternative to coal.

As Lovelock observes, “Gas is almost a give-away in the U.S. at the moment. They’ve gone for fracking in a big way. This is what makes me very cross with the greens for trying to knock it … Let’s be pragmatic and sensible and get Britain to switch everything to methane. We should be going mad on it.” (Kandeh Yumkella, co-head of a major United Nations program on sustainable energy, made similar arguments last week at a UN environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro, advocating the development of conventional and unconventional natural gas resources as a way to reduce deforestation and save millions of lives in the Third World.)

(2) Lovelock blasted greens for treating global warming like a religion.

“It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion,” Lovelock observed. “I don’t think people have noticed that, but it’s got all the sort of terms that religions use … The greens use guilt. That just shows how religious greens are. You can’t win people round by saying they are guilty for putting (carbon dioxide) in the air.”

(3) Lovelock mocks the idea modern economies can be powered by wind turbines.

As he puts it, “so-called ‘sustainable development’ … is meaningless drivel … We rushed into renewable energy without any thought. The schemes are largely hopelessly inefficient and unpleasant. I personally can’t stand windmills at any price.”

(4) Finally, about claims “the science is settled” on global warming: “One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time. You iterate towards the truth. You don’t know it.”

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Aliceinwonderland 8 years 28 weeks ago
#5

By the way, Bernie was winning Time Magazine's Person Of The Year contest when they removed his name. I find this outrageous. If you do too, here is their online address: < letters@time.com > And here is the message I sent them.

Dear Time Magazine’s censorship committee: Where do you get off, removing Bernie Sanders from the final vote on Person Of The Year? If you can’t accept who the real winner is, why have the contest in the first place?! That makes the whole thing a farce. This is precisely the kind of behavior that is turning so many people away from mainstream media. I happen to be one of them. I rely on social media now. You corporate media hacks are losing your audience. Afraid of Bernie Sanders’ agenda? Too bad.

If you're a Bernie supporter, join the protest! Let's flood their inbox. It only takes a minute or two. - AIW

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Aliceinwonderland 8 years 28 weeks ago
#6

Reply to post #4: Gee thanks for the update, Doctor Quack! I'm sure Thom will appreciate it too.

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John_mulkins123 8 years 27 weeks ago
#7

EXCERCISE YOUR POWER OVER GOVERNEMTN PEACEFULLY.

Wake up folks!

Americans have an overdependence on their so-called "representative democracy". Bernie has great ideas, but I vividly recall how exciting it was to hear Obama talk...before he was elected. Bernie will be no different.

Let's get real. No significant change will happen unless Americans evolve socially. That means that we must move beyond a broken political system and embrace our own power to collectively organize and self-govern. We will always need representative democracy, but until we organize to control it and to keep it functional, all bets are off.

Respectfully,

John

http://www.thenationalreferendum.org/proposed-laws-amendments/

EXCERCISE YOUR POWER OVER GOVERNEMTN PEACEFULLY. VOTE AND SHARE WIDELY

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John_mulkins123 8 years 27 weeks ago
#8

Certainly, one thing you say is true:

“One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time. You iterate towards the truth. You don’t know it.”

That statement applies to your convictions as well. Your perception of the "facts" is skewed by your own interpretation of them. The last 6 years have been the warmest on record, each one successively warmer than the last. If you think the rate of climate change is not historic and driven by human activity, then perhaps you are living on a different planet. That's a possibility you might want to explore because everything else you present is about as rediculous.

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