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Climate Action is Needed Whether Exxon Likes it or Not


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Climate Action is Needed Whether Exxon Likes it or Not.

Annie Leonard, May Boeve

Last week, we were among a handful of organizations who received a letter signed by 13 members of Congress claiming that we may be violating Exxon’s right to free speech. They’re requesting that we divulge any communication we may have had with state officials and many private organizations with regard to looking into what Exxon knew about climate change and when. At face value this request is a threat to constitutional rights.


#2

Somewhere in the archive is news that President Lyndon Johnson (1966?) received a global climate collapse analysis that remains within more modern margins of error.


#3

Thank you, Annie Leonard and May Boeve for your courageous efforts on behalf of us all; and thank you for reminding readers that all over the world, thousands and thousands of people are committed to the same goal.

All sorts of opposition from every imaginable front are underway.


#4

In 1996 nine scientists from Woodshole met with Bill Clinton. They laid out the dangers of Co2 emissions and the impact on human extinction. That was the end of that.


#5

Our economy will soon be built upon the renewables boom, as our civilization migrates away from fossil fuels ... all that's necessary is a large investment into the future to kickstart the process.


#6

It is long over due to revisit the corporate charter. All new charters written by states that sell charters for corporate existence must have a time period of existence. When their time runs out they liquidate all assets. Clean up all pollution created and the remainder of capital returned to the shareholders. There should be a social benefit that must be accomplished and be a percentage of profits made.

We also need to change our laws so that states that create corporations can end their existence. If corporations are people it is the death penalty.


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Yes. I believe woods hole was the first to postulate a cold fresh water flow from the north that floats on top of the gulf stream and holds warmth too deep for Ireland and Europe.


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Climate Action is Needed Whether Exxon Likes it or Not....
Yes it is important to hold the Suppliers Accountable..... But the Consumers play a bigger role because 1) they drive the demand for the fossil fuels, and 2) they have enormous power through conservation, efficiency and non-use.... Consumers- stop using it, drop your usage and you will drive down the demand for supply......


#10

This is for you Annie:

This is for those who NEED to see your stuff. /s


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Exxon is getting a good return on investment (ROI) for the bribes they pay the 13 members of Congress who signed the letter that threatens the constitutional rights of Greenpeace and other progressive organizations.


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Legally corporations are people and that is the problem in a nutshell. You couldn't be more correct--it is the death penalty for all living things.

The US Constitution has transitioned from people being property to property being people. That is the definition of insanity from start to finish.

The We the People Amendment (HJR 48) would put an end to it:

It declares that: (1) the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only; (2) artificial entities (such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities established by the laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state) shall have no rights under the Constitution and are subject to regulation by the people, through federal, state, or local law; and (3) the privileges of such artificial entities shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

It directs federal, state, and local government to: (1) regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process and that no person gains, as a result of that person's money, substantially more access or ability to influence the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure; and (2) require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed. Prohibits the judiciary from construing the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.

Help pass it! Sign the petition at Move to Amend.


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Exxon and its petrodollar rich accomplices will, due to their unlimited budgets, be formidable opponents of climate action. I hope every creative communicator, hacker, propaganda artist, public speaker, brilliant techie, radio talker, cartoonist and animator, leaflet designer, phone bank organizer, and anyone else with the ability to communicate some kind of way gets active and does whatever is doable to counter the Exxon gang's well funded obstructionism. They have scads of money and well paid advertising departments, The only things that we can defeat them with are creative imagination and an unshakable sense of urgency, This will be the Armageddon of battles for hearts and minds and those who believe climate action is necessary now are underdogs who must fight harder and, more important, smarter and not be overwhelmed and overly impressed eith the size and power of those who must be opposed if any of us are to survive.


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Mr. Heins, yes, we continue to drive cars and heat our homes. What else are we to do? If corporate leaders and political leaders would lead based on reality rather than greed we would still be doing so, but causing far less harm to our planet in the doing. Remember the electric car? (I know, I know, not a panacea but an example of total failure in leadership) Wise choices are taken off the table by monied interests over and over again. Your simplistic snark is not helpful in any way.