Stein, Flowers sign open letter to FERC seeking fossil fuel infrastructure halt

flowerssteinGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers are among the more than 80 health professionals who have signed an open letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission urging a halt to the approval of new oil and gas infrastructure.

They write in part, “Based on scientific evidence of the health and public safety risks associated with fossil fuel infrastructure such as oil and gas drilling, refineries, pipelines and compressor stations and of their contribution to the further escalation of climate change and its associated risks to public health and safety, there must be a moratorium on new permits and a hold on construction for projects that have not been completed until a plan is made to move completely to energy sources that do not cause harm.”

8 thoughts on “Stein, Flowers sign open letter to FERC seeking fossil fuel infrastructure halt

  1. jim

    In other words, they want government to butt into areas where it shouldn’t have any power anyway. People want electricity and power. They DON’T want government to have more power than it does today.

  2. NewFederalist

    jim… do you ever get the impression you are taking a Polish shower when you comment on stuff like this?

  3. NewFederalist

    These folks don’t care about facts. This is like a religion. No matter what the evidence the answer is always the same. BTW, a Polish shower is simply pissing into a fan. I didn’t make that up.

  4. Phil Manke

    Jim, you are not seeing but what you want to see…. Thinking people want a government that works for everyone, not just the wealthy. The promises that you (everyone)will be wealthy is quite hollow but for fools and people that hope to win something (republicans, and also most democrats). We, in the USA, are all responsible for our current economic crises! From the fifties onward, the USA was soon able to leverage the rest of the world!!! Our prosperity could not last because it was built upon the oppression of the rest of the world!! It could not last!! The rest of the world went along with it because they wanted to be like us. When it became obvious that would not happen, the settings for 9-1-1 were inevitable. The US leaders invited hatred on a colossal scale. AND still are! We share nothing, because our economy is hollow and paper, or even less, “digital”!! The minions of wall street only reflect he will of the fools in the rest of the country. The US currency, being backless, is the downfall of all markets in the world, and it is happening NOW, right in front of your eyes, because the consumer economy model has collapsed in upon itself. We are consuming our tails, or, actually, our entrails and excrement, because we refuse to understand we cannot advance far beyond the rest of the world for very long without it attacking us for our selfishness and greed. Did you really believe no one could see it because your owned journalists and politicians didn’t mention it. You must realize their own jobs depended upon their NOT seeing it, so, they went along.. It is merely convenient to blame some POTUS or another, but we have gotten the exact leadership we voted for…. TYRANTS AND OPPRESSORS WE BELIEVED WOULD FURTHER OPPRESS THE REST OF THE WORLD, NOT US….. SURPISE!!!

  5. jim

    Phile Manke: You said, and I will reply inline:
    “Jim, you are not seeing but what you want to see…. Thinking people want a government that works for everyone, not just the wealthy.”

    Wrong! Thinking LIBERTARIANS want a government as small as possible, that does as little as is absolutely necessary.

    “The promises that you (everyone)will be wealthy is quite hollow but for fools and people that hope to win something (republicans, and also most democrats).”

    Did I promise that everyone will be wealthy? Don’t recall that. But most people who currently work for government will be out of a job. People who depend on government for a living will be SOL.

    “We, in the USA, are all responsible for our current economic crises!”

    If you want to talk collectively, that might be true. But I don’t believe that’s a valid way to look at things.

    From the fifties onward, the USA was soon able to leverage the rest of the world!!! Our prosperity could not last because it was built upon the oppression of the rest of the world!! It could not last!!”

    WRONG! Our position in the 50’s was almost entirely a function of the fact that we were just about the only still-functioning manufacturer of goods in the world. We were in de-facto control. But that couldn’t last, that shouldn’t last, and ultimately that didn’t last. Europe turned on as a manufacturer, and Japan, and Korea, and Taiwan, and Mexico, and China, and even India. Now, we have competition which didn’t exist in the 50’s

    “The rest of the world went along with it because they wanted to be like us.”

    They bought our goods. Freely. And they eventually went on and became manufacturing powerhouses themselves. That’s natural economics.

    When it became obvious that would not happen, the settings for 9-1-1 were inevitable.”

    You sound utterly clueless.

    “The US leaders invited hatred on a colossal scale. AND still are! We share nothing, because our economy is hollow and paper, or even less, “digital”!! The minions of wall street only reflect he will of the fools in the rest of the country. The US currency, being backless, is the downfall of all markets in the world, and it is happening NOW, right in front of your eyes, because the consumer economy model has collapsed in upon itself. We are consuming our tails, or, actually, our entrails and excrement, because we refuse to understand we cannot advance far beyond the rest of the world for very long without it attacking us for our selfishness and greed. Did you really believe no one could see it because your owned journalists and politicians didn’t mention it. You must realize their own jobs depended upon their NOT seeing it, so, they went along.. It is merely convenient to blame some POTUS or another, but we have gotten the exact leadership we voted for…. TYRANTS AND OPPRESSORS WE BELIEVED WOULD FURTHER OPPRESS THE REST OF THE WORLD, NOT US….. SURPISE!!!”

    You are clearly deluded. You obviously have fun hating on America. I don’t like the government, a lot, but that’s usually sufficient.

  6. Billy Thomas

    I think it will take time to switch from 100% fossil fuels to 100% alternative energy and it would be better if fossil fuels are phased out over a period of time between the transition from fossil fuels to alternative energy. Also the 99% may or may not be able to afford the switch from fossil fuels to alternative energy unless someone provides the funds to do so.

  7. jim

    You said, “I think it will take time to switch from 100% fossil fuels to 100% alternative energy and it would be better if fossil fuels are phased out over a period of time between the transition from fossil fuels to alternative energy. Also the 99% may or may not be able to afford the switch from fossil fuels to alternative energy unless someone provides the funds to do so.”

    There are at least two prospective advances which will accelerate the conversion process. One is the development of powerful enzymes to break down cellulose into liquid fuels: Corn stover, bark, fast-growing trees, and other materials ordinarily wasted. The second is magnesium-ion batteries, which don’t quite yet exist but have the prospect of having between 8 and 12x as much energy capacity as today’s lithium-ion batteries. So, instead of limiting electric cars to 100 mile range, maybe they will have a 400 mile range with 50% (or less) battery size than they currently do.

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