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From the Archives | Pope Francis Focuses on the American Environmental Movement.

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  • Part 1: Pope Francis is actually bringing America’s environmentalism movement to its religious and moral roots.
    • Opponents of selfish greed and avarice, the common enemies of nature and mankind, would welcome Francis’s powerful words.
  • Part 2: 10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment
    • Here are some of the key passages people will read closely, everything from climate change and global warming to abortion and population control.

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Part 1: Pope Francis is actually bringing America’s environmentalism movement to its religious and moral roots.

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Opponents of selfish greed and avarice, the common enemies of nature and mankind, would welcome Francis’s powerful words.

Mark Stoll, Washington (DC) Post

June 17, 2015 | Pope Francis is set to publish “Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home” on Thursday, the first encyclical on the environment by any pope. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and many others have expressed hopes the encyclical will put the moral weight of a popular pope and the world’s largest Christian church behind meaningful action on environmental problems, such as global warming.

Mark Stoll, associate professor of history and director of the Environmental Studies program at Texas Tech. He is author of “Inherit the Holy Mountain.”

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Part 2: 10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment

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Here are some of the key passages people will read closely, everything from climate change and global warming to abortion and population control.

Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington (DC) Post

June 18, 2015 | Pope Francis is calling for an “ecological conversion” for the faithful in his sweeping new encyclical on the environment. In “Laudato Si,” or “Be Praised” (or “Praised Be,”) he warns of harming birds and industrial waste and calls for renewable fuel subsidies and energy efficiency.

Here are some of the key passages people will read closely, everything from climate change and global warming to abortion and population control.

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Keystone Pipeline Leaks in South Dakota, Spilling Over 200,000 Gallons of Oil

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The leak comes as Nebraska is trying to decide if it should issue permits to TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Newsy / screenshot

"Enough is enough. Pipelines leak - it's not a question of 'if', but 'when.'"

Alexandra Jacobo, Nation of Change / Portside

November 17, 2017 | Approximately 210,000 (or 5,000 barrels) of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota. The leak, which is the largest spill to date in South Dakota, happened near Amherst, South Dakota.

This is bad timing for TransCanada, which owns the pipeline, because in a few days Nebraska regulators will decide whether or not to give the green light to a sister project, the Keystone XL pipeline.

Alexandra Jacobo is a progressive writer, activist, and mother who began her political involvement in earnest passing out blankets to occupiers in Zuccotti Park in 2011. She is concerned with educating the public and inspiring them to take action on progressive issues that promote positive change at home and abroad.

Alexandra Jacobo is a progressive writer, activist, and mother who began her political involvement in earnest passing out blankets to occupiers in Zuccotti Park in 2011. She is concerned with educating the public and inspiring them to take action on progressive issues that promote positive change at home and abroad.

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With New Directive, Pruitt Bars Scientists Who Aren't 'In the Pocket of Corporate Polluters' From EPA Advisory Boards, Jake Johnson, Common Dreams 

Critics slammed the move as a "hostile takeover of science-based policymaking" by the Trump administration.

Don’t Leave Health Care to a Free Market

Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, at the Capitol last month. Credit Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency

Republicans, and many Democrats, need to be honest with themselves and the public: If they want medicine to be truly free-market, then they have to be willing to let the next man or woman they find lying unconscious in the street remain there and die.

Farzon A. Nahvi, New York (NY) Times

July 10, 2017 | When it comes to health care coverage, House Speaker Paul Ryan says, “We’re going to have a free market, and you buy what you want to buy,” and if people don’t want it, “then they won’t buy it.” In this model of health care, the patient is consumer, and he must decide whether the goods and services he wants to protect his life are worth the cost.

But this is often impossible. And what Republicans, and many Democrats, forget to stress, is that in a totally free market health care system, you must be willing to let some patients die.

Farzon A. Nahvi, New York (NY) Times Op-Ed Contributor,  is an emergency medicine physician and an instructor of emergency medicine in New York City.

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How Single-Payer Will Be Achieved, Antonio Balmer, the Socialist Revolution

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How Single-Payer Will Be Achieved

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Though such reforms are now considered common sense, the Democrats can't and won't deliver. Only a mass independent political force—with single payer placed at the top of its agenda—is capable of winning this fight. 

Antonio Balmer, the Socialist Revolution

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October 19, 2017 | “A political struggle is in its essence a struggle of interests and forces, not of arguments.” —Trotsky, Revolution Betrayed

Firing the opening shot in his new offensive in the battle for single-payer, Bernie Sanders presented his open-and-shut case in a New York Times Op-Ed piece:


“Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive healthcare to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers?”

Although every sector of the capitalist economy without exception can be described as “enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and designed to maximize profits for big [companies and] Wall Street,” the US healthcare crisis is unrivalled in its glaring absurdity as an expression of capitalism’s historical impasse. With annual revenues of $3.3 trillion, the healthcare industry accounts for nearly a fifth of US GDP.

Antonio Balmer writes for the Socialist Revolution the publication of the International Marxist Tendency in the United States.

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How Big Medicine can ruin Medicare for all, Phillip Longman, the Guardian

‘Health care delivery in the United States a generation ago was still in many ways a cottage industry.’ Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The pursuit of a ‘single-payer’ healthcare system in the United States will degenerate into corporate welfare unless America takes on healthcare monopolies.
 

 

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How Big Medicine can ruin Medicare for all

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‘Health care delivery in the United States a generation ago was still in many ways a cottage industry.’ Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The pursuit of a ‘single-payer’ healthcare system in the United States will degenerate into corporate welfare unless America takes on healthcare monopolies.

Phillip Longman, the Guardian

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Saturday 20 October 2017 | In 2013, Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” couldn’t find a single co-sponsor for his healthcare plan, which would replace private insurance with Medicare-like coverage for all Americans regardless of age or income.

Today, the roll call of supporters for his latest version includes the leading lights of the Democratic party, including many with plausible presidential aspirations. It’s enough to make an exasperated Dana Milbank publish a column in the Washington Post under the headline ‘The Democrats have become socialists’.

But have they? Actually, no.

Phillip Longman is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, and the policy director at the Open Markets Institute. He is also a senior editor at the Washington Monthly.

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Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Sanders' health care bill: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump
    • The Sanders “Medicare for all” legislation is an attempt to disguise reactionary maneuvers, each of them aimed at subordinating the health care of millions of people to the profit interests of big business, behind pie-in-the-sky promises that neither Sanders nor any of his co-sponsors take seriously.
  • Part 2: Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal
    • The working class must organize politically to take the drug companies, hospitals, insurance companies, and medical technology firms away from the current owners and place the industry under the control of a workers' government, establishing truly socialized medicine in America.

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With New Directive, Pruitt Bars Scientists Who Aren't 'In the Pocket of Corporate Polluters' From EPA Advisory Boards

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Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt answers reporters' questions during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Critics slammed the move as a "hostile takeover of science-based policymaking" by the Trump administration.

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | In an "unprecedented" move that critics say will "undermine independent science," amplify the voices of those representing the fossil fuel industry, and put public health at risk, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Tuesday signed a directive that bars scientists who have received federal grants from serving on the EPA's advisory boards.



"Pruitt doesn't want to listen to a word from anyone who isn't in the pocket of corporate polluters."  —Michael Brune, Sierra Club



Justifying the new rule, which will take effect immediately, Pruitt suggested that the research of scientists who have received federal money lacks objectivity and gives off "the appearance of conflict."

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Tomgram: Michael Klare, The New Face of "War" at Home

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  • Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era
  • Our potential saviors, at a moment when the very environment that has for millennia welcomed humanity is up for grabs, might be thought of as the Keystone Cops of the twenty-first century.

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http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/04/04/2014681395.gifSeptember 17, 2017 | Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadn’t even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Florida Governor Rick Scott, who had sent members of the state National Guard to devastated Houston, anxiously recalled them while putting in place emergency measures for his own state. A small flotilla of naval vessels, originally sent to waters off Texas, was similarly redirected to the Caribbean, while specialized combat units drawn from as far afield as Colorado, Illinois, and Rhode Island were rushed to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Meanwhile, members of the California National Guard were being mobilized to fight wildfires raging across that state (as across much of the West) during its hottest summer on record.

Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil. Consider this essay a preview of his newest book, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy, which has just been published by Metropolitan Books.

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