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Silent Grass Roots Rebellion Against Bush Climate Stand


By James Donahue

Dec. 7, 2005


Warnings by Psychic and Prophet Aaron C. Donahue about doing positive things for the Mother Earth or facing devastating consequences appear to be getting through to Americans . . . at least on a subconscious level.


While President Bush refuses to accept the Kyoto Protocol to force U.S. industry to cut greenhouse gas emissions, at least 40 million Americans are going to find themselves bound to the treaty anyway.


Since the protocol took effect in February, a number of states, including California and New York, and 192 cities have voluntarily agreed to cut emissions 7 percent from 1990 levels by the year 2012.


You can thank Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels for much of this. Nickels have been busy this year, convincing city leaders to act in defiance of the Bush Administration’s policy of environmental deadlock. And Nickels is being heard.


There seems to be a grass roots movement that is gaining momentum on state levels as well. As reported yesterday, a story in the New York Times noted that Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are all working together on an agreement to freeze power station emissions at current levels and then cut them by 10 percent by 2020.


Environmentalists attending the United Nations sponsored global warming summit this week in Montreal are praising the state and municipal efforts throughout the United States and hoping the action will set a model for other states to follow.


Most people are beginning to understand that global warming is a very serious threat not only for future generations, but for this one as well. After a season of disastrous hurricanes, tornados and other extreme weather events, the writing is clearly on the wall.


Many Europeans feel threatened by evidence that a slowing Gulf Stream in the mid-Atlantic could bring severely cold winters and even threaten a new ice age in Northern Europe and Asia.


Thousands of environmentalists, some of them with drums and dressed as polar bears, marched last weekend in Montreal to dramatize the severity of the global warming threat. They carried banners that read “Time Is Running Out,” and accused the United States of blocking progress on the climate change crisis that threatens the future of the world.


Nichols explained that “we reject the idea that is put forward by our national leaders that we have a choice to save the environment or save the economy.”


That has been the Bush stance since he too office and he refuses to budge on it, in spite of mounting evidence that the United States is the world’s biggest polluter and that anything the rest of the world does is probably a wasted effort unless the US cooperates.


Surprisingly, a large contingent of the U.S. Senate, including some Republicans, last week wrote to Bush asking his participation in the Montreal talks with leaders of nearly 200 nations. Democrat Jeff Bingaman and Republican Olympia Snowe and 22 other Senators said in the letter that the United States has a legal obligation under a UN treaty to participate in the talks in a constructive way.


While the United States was represented at the talks, the delegates remained firm on the Bush Administration policy. Bush has not yet bothered to show up, although the talks continue through Friday.


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