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Special Project | Climate Change: Week Ending September 17, 2016

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  • Climate change is real, it's here, and it hurts every living thing on the earth. 
  • 8 New Items including:
  • The Self-Interest in Climate ‘Denial’
  • If Not Now, When? A Labor Movement Plan to Address Climate Change
  • Kochs Paid Massive Money to Intellectual Whores Willing to Lie About Climate Change
  • 'Saving Passengers of the Good Ship "Titan… Earth"',
  • Cause and effect: how human activity is altering the environment – in pictures
  • Paris Climate Talks
  • A Pipeline Fight and America's Dark Past

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


A Pipeline Fight and America's Dark Past, Bill McKibbenNew Yorker Magazine <> 

  • The events at Standing Rock also allow Americans to realize who some of the nation’s most important leaders really are. The fight for environmental sanity—against pipelines and coal ports and other fossil-fuel infrastructure—has increasingly been led by Native Americans, many of whom are in that Dakota camp today. They speak with real authority—no one else has lived on this continent for the longterm. They see the nation’s history more clearly than anyone else, and its possible future as well. 
  • For once, after all these centuries, it’s time to look through their eyes. History offers us no chances to completely erase our mistakes. Occasionally, though, we do get a chance to show we learned something.

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Paris Climate Talks, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Climate change is real, it's here, and it hurts every living thing on the earth. 
  • Part 1: Legendary Climate Scientist Is Not Impressed With The Paris Talks
  • Part 2: Trade unions must be at the forefront of effort to save the planet

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Cause and effect: how human activity is altering the environment – in pictures, Guardian

Leading environmental photographers and artists exhibit their works on the effects of anthropogenic climate change at the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 3 July to 5 September.

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Steve Sack | Climate Change

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'Saving Passengers of the Good Ship "Titan… Earth"', Robert J. Burrowes, Special to Evergreene Digest

  • There is still just enough time to save most of the passengers on the Good Ship 'Earth' but we must be courageous and resolute. If we let the cowardice and delusion of elites and their agents guide us, we will join the dead passengers of the 'Titanic'.
  • Austerity, Debt & Environmental Degradation
  • George Carlin | “The Planet Is Fine”

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Kochs Paid Massive Money to Intellectual Whores Willing to Lie About Climate Change, Ring of Fire Radio

A Harvard scientist has been accepting cash from the energy industry, namely the Koch brothers, in order to push junk science that claims to refute man-made climate change. This is hardly the first case of Koch-purchased science.

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If Not Now, When? A Labor Movement Plan to Address Climate Change, Jeremy Brecher, Ron Blackwell, and Joe Uehlein, New Labor Forum

The labor movement has not adequately addressed climate change - primarily employment based, rather than a comprehensive strategy to truly address the problem. The authors argue that unions need to step up and mobilize for a real solution that includes a government program that puts people to work converting to a climate-safe economy.

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The Self-Interest in Climate ‘Denial’ Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Consortiumnews.com <>

  • Even in the face of new scientific reports on the escalating dangers from global warming, the “deniers” continue to pick at the now overwhelming data and pick up their checks from oil and other industry groups.
  • Chris Hedges | The Coming Climate Revolt

A Pipeline Fight and America's Dark Past

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  • The events at Standing Rock also allow Americans to realize who some of the nation’s most important leaders really are. The fight for environmental sanity—against pipelines and coal ports and other fossil-fuel infrastructure—has increasingly been led by Native Americans, many of whom are in that Dakota camp today. They speak with real authority—no one else has lived on this continent for the longterm. They see the nation’s history more clearly than anyone else, and its possible future as well. 
  • For once, after all these centuries, it’s time to look through their eyes. History offers us no chances to completely erase our mistakes. Occasionally, though, we do get a chance to show we learned something.

Bill McKibbenNew Yorker Magazine

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http://www.newyorker.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/McKibben-Standing-Rock-Sioux-Pipeline-1200.jpg Protesters at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, in North Dakota, on Saturday. Photograph By Robyn Beck / AFP /Getty

 

September 6, 2016 | This week, thousands of Native Americans, from more than a hundred tribes, have camped out on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, which straddles the border between the Dakotas, along the Missouri River. What began as a slow trickle of people a month ago is now an increasingly angry flood. They’re there to protest plans for a proposed oil pipeline that they say would contaminate the reservation’s water; in fact, they’re calling themselves protectors, not protesters.

Their foe, most directly, is the federal government, in particular the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has approved a path for the pipeline across the Missouri under a “fast track” option called Permit 12. That’s one reason the Dakota Access Pipeline, as it’s known, hasn’t received the attention that, say, the Keystone XL Pipeline did, even though the pipe is about the same length. Originally, the pipeline was supposed to cross the Missouri near Bismarck, but authorities worried that an oil spill there would have wrecked the state capital’s drinking water. So they moved the crossing to half a mile from the reservation, across land that was taken from the tribe in 1958, without their consent. The tribe says the government hasn’t done the required consultation with them—if it had, it would have learned that building the pipeline there would require digging up sacred spots and old burial grounds.

Bill McKibben, a former New Yorker staff writer, is the founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org and the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in environmental studies at Middlebury College. His most recent book is Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

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It’s Way Past Time We Stopped Deluding Ourselves About Private Health Insurers

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  • Folks, we are guilty of magical thinking. We’ve fallen for insurers’ deception and misdirection, hook, line and sinker. And, to the financial benefit of the industry’s executives and institutional investors, many of us can’t be persuaded that we are being duped. Meanwhile, the shareholders of the big for-profits are laughing all the way to the bank. Every single day.
  • Related: Health Care Inequality On The Rise

Wendell Potter, Huffington Post

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Aug 03, 2016 | I didn’t think it was possible for me to get more disgusted with the industry I used to be a cheerleader for, but I was wrong.

Health insurers—more specifically, the big for-profit health insurers that want to get even bigger through two pending mega-mergers (Anthem wants to buy Cigna and Aetna wants to buy Humana)—once again are demonstrating that nothing—absolutely nothing—is more important to them than making their rich shareholders even richer.

If that means making it more difficult for low- and middle-income Americans to get the medical care they need, so be it. “Too bad, so sad,” to use a phrase one of my former colleagues used to say when people complained about the way health insurers routinely screw their customers.

Wendell Potter: Author of Nation on the Take, How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It

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Health Care Inequality On The Rise, Steffie Woolhandler & David Himmelstein, Huffington Post

  • The growing inequality in health care use in America is reflected in worsening outcomes for those with lesser incomes. While the health gap between rich and poor Canadians has been closing, ours has been widening. Today, the wealthiest American men live 15 years longer than their poor counterparts.
  • Related: 2000+ Doctors Declare: "It's Time for Single Payer to be Back on the Table"

 

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