Put Global Warming in the debate by including Green Party’s Jill Stein

Time to Switch to Jill SteinWhile Obama and Romney ignore global warming, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and other Green candidates promote real solutions

Unless Stein can join the presidential debates, there will be no discussion of fossil fuel consumption, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, hydrofracking, mountaintop detonation mining, and other threats to the environment and public health

Green Party candidates and leaders said today that the delay of the Republican National Convention in Tampa and hurricane Isaac’s Gulf Coast landfall should remind voters of a worsening crisis that both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama keep ignoring: global climate disruption.

Greens expressed alarm over Thursday’s news that the Obama Administration has granted Shell Oil approval for dangerous oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean in a fragile region off Alaska, especially when a critical oil-spill containment vessel still awaits certification.

Andrew Groff, Green Party candidate for US Senate in Delaware:

Unless Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is allowed to participate in the presidential debates, there will be no discussion of what we need to do to curb catastrophic climate change. On one hand, Romney is appeasing the know-nothing extremists and junk-science believers in the GOP who deny human responsibility for global warming. On the other hand, President Obama has proposed minimal steps to deal with global warming — and then undercuts them by surrendering to the corporate energy lobby, supporting off-shore drilling in US coastal waters, repeating the myth of ‘clean coal‘, and allowing hydrofracking and mountaintop detonation mining to continue. All of these are immediate threats to public health and the environment and contribute to the fossil-fuel consumption that’s pumping more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The effects are already evident in the drought and growing instability of weather patterns in the US. 

(See also “Climate Change: An Information Statement of the American Meteorological Society,” August 20, 2012, )

Martin Pleasant, Green Party candidate for US Senate in Tennessee:

Jill Stein and other Green Party candidates are running on a platform that will put millions of Americans to work and restore economic stability by combatting global warming with new jobs in conservation, developing new and safe energy technologies, retrofitting buildings and homes and redesigning public infrastructure for energy efficiency, expanding public transportation to reduce car traffic, a carbon tax as an incentive to promote safe and clean energy, and other ideas. Obama and Romney keep talking about independence from foreign oil. The real problem is America’s addiction to fossil fuels, regardless of where they come from. Only Dr. Stein is offering solutions.

(More on Dr. Stein’s ‘Green New Deal‘: )

Ursula Rozum, Green Party candidate for US House in New York’s District 24, author of “Solve climate crisis to make economy humane,” Syracuse Post Standard, April 20, 2012 :

The Obama Administration has turned out to be a disaster on the global warming front. He wants to banish the 2C goal (keeping the world’s average temperature from rising more than two degrees Centigrade) from international negotiations on climate change (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19161799). President Obama is also promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new international trade pact that will serve powerful corporate lobbies by overrriding environmental protections and allowing more logging, drilling, mining, and transportation of raw materials in the Pacific rim, as well as weakening labor rights and imposing more restrictive intellectual property rules. TPP was negotiated in secret and is supported by Mitt Romney. Greens oppose it. There will be no discussion of these enormously important issues in the Obama vs. Romney debate. A victory for either candidate on Nov. 6 will spell more disaster for our planet.

See also:

Green Party Platform on Climate Change

“Green Party to Obama: Whether foreign or domestic, it’s time for America to cut oil and gas from our energy diet”
Green Party press release, January 31, 2012

“Solar Utopia: Another future is possible!”
With articles and essays by David Schwartzman, DC Statehood Green
Party candidate for the US Senate, Professor Emeritus, Department of
Biology, Howard University

“Framing in the context of fracking”
By Cecile Lawrence, Green Papers, August 29, 2012

Green Party Eco-Action Committee

“Climate change is here — and worse than we thought”
By James E. Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space
Studies, The Washington Post, August 3, 2012

“Who’s afraid of the big, bad drought? Romney and Obama say they want to help farmers, but refuse to mention the cause of the drought that’s hurting them”
By Andrew Leonard, Salon.com, August 10, 2012

“The TPP & the Environment: A Behind-Closed-Doors Deal for the 1%” Citizens Trade Campaign

“Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises”
By Zach Carter, The Huffington Post, June 13, 2012

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