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Hervé Kempf: Obama and the End of the Party

President Obama’s environmental policies are, without a doubt, an enormous improvement over Bush’s. He’s given more money to the Environmental Protection Agency, made climate change a major part of his agenda, and boosted environmental protections in numerous ways. But will it be enough to save us? Author Hervé Kempf (How the Rich Are Destroying the Earth) doesn’t think so. It’s a good start, but he needs the wind of a powerful and vocal grassroots movement in his sails if we are serious about saving ourselves, our environment, and our future.

From Truthout:

A great change? Incontestably. Of direction? Yes. Radical? May the wrath of
the Obamaniacs strike this chronicler! The answer is: no. In his speech, Mr.
Obama mentions the environmental question almost in passing, reducing it to
climate change. On other occasions, he had announced that his goal was to reduce
his country’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GGE) in 2050 by 80 percent. That major
choice is forgotten in the February 24 speech. Only the goal of developing renewable
energies – motivated primarily by the desire to reduce dependence on imported
oil – and the CO2 market remained. “We will double the nation’s production
of renewable energy in three years.” To the extent economic reality allows
such a development, it will make the share of (non-waterpower) renewable energy
in the United States’ total energy production go from 6 percent (most of which
is from bio-fuels) to 12 percent. That’s significant, but not really game-changing.

Mr. Obama did not say, nor even suggest, to his fellow citizens – the world’s
top GGE emitters – that their energy consumption will have to be considerably
reduced. Perhaps it’s not yet possible for a political official to say that
the hour for sobriety has arrived. In fact, the great majority of those officials
seem to believe that by replacing oil with solar panels and windmills, the “American
Way of Life” may perpetuate itself. That forgets both energy cost and the
environmental crisis.

Read the whole article here.


Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More

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World leaders met in Marrakech this month as part of COP22, to discuss the next steps to reducing global climate emissions. One of the solutions being discussed is carbon farming. Author Eric Toensmeier participated in COP22, in part, because he literally wrote a book on it. First off – what is carbon farming? It’s a […] Read More
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