The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice: Robert Redford “Why I’m Supporting President Obama”.

Why I’m Supporting President Obama

I was in the early days of my acting career in 1962, when Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring made its way onto best-seller lists and college campuses and into living rooms across America and sowed the seeds of today’s environmental movement. The story of that movement still represents for me who we are as a country: a people dedicated to something greater than ourselves, and a nation that recognizes our responsibility to each other.

In this election, only President Obama shares those values and the belief that our kids and grandkids should grow up with living, natural places to explore. Yosemite, the Great Lakes and the Everglades should always be places we can visit and wonders that inspire — not just photos of what used to be.

 

Shortly after taking office, President Obama signed one of the largest expansions of wilderness protection in a generation, setting aside more than 2 million acres as protected wilderness, conserving more than 1,000 miles of rivers, authorizing a 26-million-acre conservation system of historically significant landscapes and adding thousands of miles of trails. He’s helping restore treasured landscapes from coast to coast that support local economies and communities through tourism and outdoor recreation.

The President has set historic standards that by 2025 will double the distance our cars and trucks will be able to go on a tank of gas, reducing our reliance on foreign oil by 2.2 million barrels per day and saving each of us thousands of dollars at the pump.

He made the single largest investment in clean energy of any other president, helping to double the amount of electricity we generate from wind and solar, strengthening our global economic competitiveness and supporting nearly a quarter of a million American jobs.

 

And that’s one of the biggest differences in an election brimming with them. While President Obama is moving us forward, Mitt Romney would take us back. He’d roll back every step of progress we’ve made — not just in the last four years, but the last 40 years.

We’ve seen in the last stretch of this campaign that Romney will say anything to win, even if it’s flat-out false. But we know what the real Mitt Romney would do. He’d gut investments in renewable energy — including the wind production tax credit that 37,000 American jobs depend on — while giving $4 billion a year in wasteful taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil, even as they reap near-record profits. It’s no coincidence that those same special interests have donated nearly $11 million to Romney’s campaign and the super PACs behind it.

Even more revealing, Romney would undermine President Obama’s commitment to our national parks and undo the crucial steps the President has taken to reduce toxic pollutants like mercury and address carbon pollution — change that protects the health and prosperity of our children now and for generations to come.

We simply can’t let Mitt Romney buy the keys to the White House and let the special interests write our nation’s energy plan behind closed doors, like it did in the previous administration. That old saw didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.

I hope you’ll join me in supporting President Obama and stopping others from reversing our progress. If you care about Great Lakes restoration in Ohio, or the Everglades in Florida, wind energy in Iowa or Colorado, vote. All of those states, and many others, have early voting — don’t wait until Election Day. Check out vote.barackobama.com and head over to the polls now.

This is one of the most important campaigns in our lifetime. The choice is clear, and it’s up to all of us to join with President Obama to fight for continuing the significant progress he’s made.

Source: Huff Post

Why Aren’t The Presidential Candidates Discussing Climate Change?

The past 12 months have been the hottest on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Throughout the nation, drought, wildfires, floods and other extreme weather have made global warming a visible reality.

So it was maddening — and tragic — that both presidential candidates spent significant time during Tuesday’s debate trying to one-up each other on how much more fossil fuels they plan to extract, burn and allow into the atmosphere. In three debates so far, climate change hasn’t been mentioned once.

Moderator Candy Crowley said that one of the “undecided” voters at the debate had prepared a climate-change question, but she didn’t call on that person: “We just, you know, again, we knew that the economy was still the main thing.”

Yeah, we know. But if the nation, and the world, doesn’t get serious about climate change — like, right now — the jobs of the future are at serious risk. Unfortunately, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes pointed out, future farmers of America whose crops will be destroyed by climate change are too young to vote in this election. Then again, if climate change isn’t halted, jobs won’t be the worst worry for future farmers — or nurses, or teachers, or factory workers. Survival will.

Yet there was former Gov. Mitt Romney challenging President Obama: “This has not been Mr. Oil, or Mr. Gas, or Mr. Coal,” as if that were a bad thing. The president went right back at Romney, challenging his assertion that he “is a big coal guy,” as if that were a good thing, and furthering the myth there is such a thing as “clean coal.”

The bragging came after a question that also reflected a myth: that the president or the government has power over gas prices.

Gas prices are based on global demand. Period. No increase in domestic oil production will lower them. No pipeline will either, especially not the Keystone XL — if it is built. Gas will be coursing close to our precious water aquifers, moving from Canada to Texas en route to China. Neither fracking nor drilling on federal lands will make a difference. “Energy independence” is a phantom. Global warming is not.

Certainly, Obama and the Democrats offer a more forward-thinking energy policy than Romney and the Republicans. Romney has hitched his policy to the extraction industry (which has effectively promoted climate-change denial). For his part, Obama does support increased fuel efficiency for cars, which will save Americans money since they will use less high-priced gas. He supports the tax credits that make it feasible for private companies to produce actual “clean” energy technology like solar, wind and biofuels. (Romney does not.)

But the political necessity to frame renewable energy as part of a jobs program, rather than a necessary response to the most pressing issue of our time, does the country a disservice.

An organization called Climate Silence (climatesilence.org) is offering graphics for concerned voters to use on social media as part of a campaign to demand that it be asked. It’s surely an appropriate question for Monday’s final debate on foreign policy: climate change is a national security threat greater than any we have ever faced.

Source: Huff Post

SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer. 

 

 

Editorial: SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras

Selvavidasinfronteras.wordpress.com

Editorial Committee

David Dunham

Arno Ambrosius

Gustavo López Ospina

Mariana Almeida

Pieter Jan Brouwer

Assistant: Emilia Romero

The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice is associated with the International Environmental Mission, a grass roots citizens movement created by Chilean Senator Juan Pablo Letelier.

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~ by FSVSF Admin on 22 October, 2012.

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