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The Hard Lessons of Dianne Feinstein’s Encounter with the Young Green New Deal Activists

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The Hard Lessons of Dianne Feinstein’s Encounter with the Young Green New Deal Activists

Bill McKibben

One imagines that Senator Dianne Feinstein would like a do-over of her colloquy with some young people on Friday afternoon. A group of school students, at least one as young as seven, went to the senator’s San Francisco office to ask her to support the Green New Deal climate legislation. In a video posted online by the Sunrise Movement, she tells them that the resolution isn’t a good one, because it can’t be paid for, and the Republicans in the Senate won’t support it. She adds that she is at work on her own resolution, which she thinks could pass.

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If that statement doesn’t make you fear for our country, nothing will!

What Dianne Feinstein really said. THE RESOLUTION ISN’T A GOOD ONE, because I am a corporate, quisling of the fossil fuel industries and the people I really represent would not want me to vote for it, because that do not want to pay for it!

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Dianne Feinstein’s encounter with the young Green New Deal activists give credence to the need for term limitations and possible age restrictions for some.

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I have already sent this dinosaur a letter as her constituent asking her to resign and apologize to the young people who give a damn about the world they are facing. As an 85 year old myself, I am disgusted with Feinstein and those like her who care only for themselves and their own. What a horrible role model she has presented to these young people. ugly comments imho.

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Recall the line in Eddie Cochran’s 1958 hit Summertime Blues…“Well I called my Congressman and he said, quote, I’d like to help you son but your’e too young to vote” ?

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Feinstein took it personally…and proceeded to show us what it looks like when an 85 year old woman tells the youth she knows better than they, so shut up and put up. Disgusting.

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Wow. Feinstein treats the planet like just another request for a gas station in somebody’s suburban neighborhood. What kind of 10-year-old girl knows what a “plurality” of votes is. Disconnect on her part from the constituency – but we see that alot.

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The battle between the haves the have nots is one that has been going on for the history of humanity .

As a society we have set it up pretty much like the more money ,possessions ,land ,stuff you own the more power you are given.
Is it not the the richest amongst us that control how life is on our planet for billions.
Are they to believe that they are wrong when this is how we have set life up ? To the victor go the spoils !!
“No one does anything wrong given their model of the World .”

This power and possessions model comes from a belief system that’s never been properly challenged .It arises from our Cultural Myths that are infact fallacies .
We claim man was given dominion of the Earth ,we have interpreted this as Donination.We are and have been killing nature ,declaring nature as the enemy .
There is nothing more cruel to nature than mankind .
But nature adapts and we might not like the adaption that life takes … basically we could create hell on Earth !

We must make the adaptions as a conscious choice .The law of cause and effect has been explained to us by the finest minds on the planet (our scientists ) if we do not change our behaviours .

However the fastest way to change our behaviours is to change our beliefs , as beliefs always create behaviours .

We think that we are seperate from each other and it’s the fittest that survive .These are the myths that the culture continues to use as its guiding principle .
Do you think those in power care for those in poverty while they spend trillions on weapons of defence and offence ?

The Culture from which we emerge is causing the demise of the culture .

That’s where the real work must be ,and when we change our Cultural Story everything else will change almost overnight .

We Are All One is not just a happy afterthought that’s the reality .

Those in charge are in denial, they continue to live in the illusion believing its real . Those that choose responsibility are awakening to a new universal humanity and a planet that is connected in balance with Life as Prime Value not profit or possessions .

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“…it’s time for those of a certain age to follow, with all the grace that we can still muster.” Are you listening Dianne?

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Feinstein - one of the overlords of Versailles, trapped in the glittering palace of her own sociopathic, entitled mind.

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“To the moon, Alice. I mean Feinstein.”

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The Third Industrial Revolution is coming. Sure the Third Industrial Revolution will be difficult for some invested persons, but a green economy will be good for our children. Greta Thumberg is so articulate on a no nonsense rapid climate change policy. Let’s work on the earth before we go over the moon.

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For far too many generations, the important cans—especially Earth stewardship—have been kicked by the “wise” elders down the road to the young. The youth have had enough, carrying that s**tton sack of cans, and they’re doing the right thing by “recycling,” returning those uncomfortable but vital issues back to their source(s) to be solved. Feinstein, Pelosi, and all the rest of the so-called “elite” need to be put on notice by ALL present generations.

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To DiFi: Get out of the way you old fossil, the times they are a-changing.

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The Atlantic said this group of children were wearing jackboots:

As long as the MSM is feeding liberals in their respective bubble, we’re doomed.

We have 2 Republican parties. Just for giggles, one of them is called ‘the Democrats.’

Har-dee-har-har.

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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But 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 contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions

End our love affair with the automobile

Ride more trains and buses

Car pool

Walk and bike more

Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter

Become vegetarians or vegans

Refill plastic water bottles with tap water

Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation

Maximize use of reusable bags and products

Recycle junk mail

Forego fast junk food

Go to “slow food”;

Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans

Drive and accelerate more slowly

Climb more stairs

Plant more trees

Forego use of spray cans

Ride more trains and buses

Repair, mend and alter as much as possible

Buy solar panels

Compost as much as possible

Last person out of the room turn off the lights

Eat and farm organic

Ride more trains and buses

Fly fewer planes

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Use manual tools instead of power tools

Share more

Use rakes rather than leaf blowers

Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water

Maximize reusable bags and products

Push rather than power small mowers

Replace lawns with vegetable gardens

Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns

Compost as much as possible

Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);

Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;

Limit endless gadgets

Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Decrease consumption

Limit family size

Local Government Actions

Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)

Institute a carbon tax

Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit

Expand bike paths

Have shareable (zip) cars

Ban electric outdoor signs;

Eat and farm organic

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings

eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food

replace

Federal Government Actions

Ban gasohol

Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war

Discontinue night baseball

Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible

Recycle maximally

Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible

Discontinue aluminum cans

Ban electric outdoor signs

Maximize solar and wind power;

Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture

Reverse deforestation, plant more trees

Restrict spray cans

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide

End yearly auto model changes;

Proscribe junk mail

Scrap the mission to Mars

Adjust tax laws to limit family size

Promote limiting world population growth

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As this article clearly illustrates, we commoners only have one REAL enemy - the elites. It doesn’t make any difference whether they are a political elite or a financial elite as BOTH are members of capitalist elite class.

All other SUPPOSED enemies are just obstacles thrown in our way by the elites to keep our focus and anger from being targeted towards them.

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This article and the one you link agree: " Feinstein has amassed a career’s worth of legislative savvy…"

The problem is what that legislative savvy revolves around, namely, making certain that only fig leaf half measures that satisfy big donors are what passes and solutions that match the true scope of or challenges never see the light of day.

Mother Nature is even older than Feinstein. And she’s going to make sure that shit gets real.

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I hope we can proceed with a GND as an infrastructure/climate change project that attempts to avoid costly redundancies. A well planned project that incorporates more than energy gathering and energy saving. Possibly including in it’s plan:
transportation, pollution control, regenerative policy.

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When you’re president.

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