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Strong Words, But Little Action at Arctic Summit


Strong Words, But Little Action at Arctic Summit

Leehi Yona, IPS News


As usual, lots of hot air from the Oilagarchy and its sock puppets, but no action that might reduce their profits and power.
* The People, the environment, means nothing to them except as targets for more short term profit.
* That photo says it all. Kerry with his vacuous grin, staring at Øbama while he orates with platitudes.
* Meanwhile, the drilling goes on, while the PTB asks them politely to be careful as they drill.
* And, "That's all, folks!" Back to planning war with Iran.
* What a f#@king Farce!


Wanted: Ex White House staff for cushy jobs paying exorbitant salaries. Will wait. --Shell, BP, Exxon, ... (or their covert "nonprofits")


In the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So picture how this will effect you. Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia); institute a carbon tax; end our love affair with the automobile— promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit, walk and bike more; expand bike paths;, and have shareable (zip) cars, ban gasahol; turn off the air conditioner and dial the thermostat down in winter; rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war; ban night baseball; ban electric outdoor signs; shift from long distance truck to rail transport; ride more trains and buses, fewer planes; promote conference calls and web cams; promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide; many more people would become vegetarians or vegans; phase out the cattle industry; discontinue bottled water; discontinue aluminum cans with and without carbonation; maximize reusable bags and products; minimize or ban disposables (Pampers, Ikea furniture); limit endless gadgets; end yearly auto model changes; limit all the advertising, junk mail, most retail, etc.; eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food”; replace “fast fashion” with “slow fashion”; bring back mending, alterations and local tailors; completely redesign production of appliances, electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible; bring back appliance repairmen and such; design and build smaller housing to last for centuries and to be as energy efficient as possible, to be reconfigurable, and shareable; recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans; maximize solar and wind power; drive and accelerate more slowly; practice regenerative agriculture; reverse deforestation, plant more trees; climb more stairs; restrict spray cans;; eat and farm organic; use manual tools instead of power tools, use rakes rather than leaf blowers; push rather than power small mowers; replace lawns with vegetable gardens; compost as much as possible; more stairs, fewer elevators; promote subsidies for renewal energy, eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings, motion lighting, where appropriate, and high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting. Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns


Is that a bottle of Glacier brand water positioned for the camera?


...not quite. They DID sign a bit of paper. Neville Chamberlain knew how important that was.


In short, put your feet up and forget the consumer society. When you're bored, find something creative and challenging that you know you ultimately cannot fully succeed at. Realise your finite existence but expand it to its limits in terms of spirit instead of matter... Sorry, I'm stealing your ideas... but I'm all for the principles you mention.


First they need to be able to see Mt. Denial through all of this year's Alaskan smoke.


Actually, it was two bottles of "Glacier Brand Politics" one named Barack Obama and the other named John Kerry. The world's two most impressively astonished leaders of the globa war against nature.

The good news is that the whole war against nature, with their leadership, is rapidly glaciating the war-mongering cults into self-sacrificing symbols of evolution's self-cleansing dead end disposals.

It may well be the case that capitalism is sacrificing itself financing that whole self-sacrificial effort. Gaia/Nature/God has a way of taking care of itself. All we can do is participate; every one of us decides what we do and how. Gaia decides what is helpful for Gaia and what gets terminated.


Strong words, little action. Who woulda thunk?


where ya been, HolyG? good to see you.


"Foxes acknowledge chicken predation is serious problem, fail to agree on reforms."

Wow, who could have possibly seen that one coming, huh? Knock me over with a feather time here!


You got the planning war with Iran wrong. Have you not heard that Obama and Kerry have negotiated world peace with the Iran deal? At least that is how some articles portray the entire corporate greed deal.


On the positive side at least the posters so far are no longer buying all those speeches.


Wow! That is a bitter irony. Wait a few years and they'll name it Ghost of the Glaciers water.


Ah yes, "There will be piece in our time..."
* A piece here, a piece there and maybe a piece under the desk.


“We will condemn our children to a planet beyond their capacity to repair … any leader willing to take a gamble on a future like that is not fit to lead,”

Step down then you fraud.


Not a Summit, but a photo-op.


LMAO.... Thanks for the grins!!!


Of course the participating nations agreed to a vapid, verbose statement devoid of any substantive action to SAVE the region from "development" and/or destruction as a result of gorging on natural resources by energy giants, because those giants are fostered by those nations with the US, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, and Russia the most voracious. These five already have established themselves in the region and they only serve to protect their interests.

Hope they enjoyed all the fresh seafood they were served on silver platters at the five star Captain Cook (how ironic) hotel.