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Oil and Gas Industry Has Way Too Much Control Over Congress

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Oil and Gas Industry Has Way Too Much Control Over Congress

Jeffrey D. Sachs

In October 1992, the United States Senate ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the global treaty to stop human-induced global warming, which became enforceable two years later. Yet for the quarter century since then, the US Congress has failed to pass a single major piece of legislation to implement the treaty.

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There is and has been an urgent need to rewrite economic policy to remove maximum activity as the goal. Maximum activity is achieved by wasting effort and precious resources. The whole western concept, largely built upon the Protestant work “ethic”, needs to be scrapped. The indigenous mindset needs to be incorporated into mainstream politics with sincere appreciation and reverence for what nature can provide in a sustainable manner. Nietzsche perhaps said it best: “Be careful if you gaze into the abyss, lest the abyss gaze into thee.” Hell, western society jumped into that puppy and too much of eastern society is on its heels. The older nations who have learned their humility through history are getting this much faster than Destructor Nation Number One. Don’t forget to apologize to your children if you were sucked into fallacies of “success” as was I from time to time. The best way at this point is to vote Progressive–everywhere and every time.

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Fossil fuel, Wall Street and MIC have ALL the control over Congress. The 99% has none.

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Another article stating the obvious that Congress can’t be weened off of the Green Milk. They are the ones who can stop the Fossil Fuel Industry but they won’t. The Milk tastes too good. As we know, the Planet, people and animals are made to suffer because of Money? Beyond crazy, but that’s the fact.

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I was just reminded about how fires on the Cuyahoga River in Ohio led to the creation of the 1972 Clean Water Act. If industries such as the petroleum industry could be trusted to self-regulate, they would have been doing so from the beginning which they most definitely were not. Here’s a link to the article: https://www.livescience.com/65243-most-endangered-rivers.html
You’ll have to flip to slide 12 to see the bit about the Cuyahoga.
We cannot allow ourselves to forget history and the reasons why we have the Clean Water Act and other stuff like that.
Its sad when a river is so polluted that it catches fire multiple times. What do you do if a river catches fire? Prevent it from catching fire in the first place by placing gov’t regulations on industry, duh…

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Republican mantra: Jesus will save us or our efforts will hasten armageddon. In the meantime, keep the money rolling in.

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“The most important step to climate safety is a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, especially wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and bio.”

Interesting. Only last month, in an article in The Hill, Sachs said:

“The basic roadmap is clear. Electricity should become emission-free, through a combination of renewables (wind, solar, hydro), nuclear and perhaps some carbon-capture and storage.”

I have to wonder if Sachs left out the items that Republicans support even more than progressives do because those didn’t fit the thesis of this article.

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I didn’t know this Jeffery. Thank you so much for this breaking news. I sure, darn-well hope Congress tries to do better.

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Money has too much control over Congress–and the rest of government. It would help some were it not easy to bribe politicians legally. It might bring us back towards the days before Citizens United.

But it would not be enough. Bribes would continue to be done illegally, as so many other things are.

No, we cannot have a democracy with great inequality of wealth. These are not conducive to each other.

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True - Democracy and Capitalism are incompatible.

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