Rich Zitola

signed Climate Statement 2012-11-13 18:22:20 -0500

Sign on statement: The urgency of climate change in the 2012 election

climate-statement-jill-stein.pngFor over a year, leading climate and environmental organizations have complained about the lack of attention paid to climate change by President Obama and Governor Romney.

Over the past month, Americans were subjected to not one, or two, but three debates where Romney and Obama competed to see who could be more vigorous in pursuing oil drilling, hydrofracking of natural gas, and the use of coal. Obama even attacked Romney for calling for a coal plant to be shut down over health concerns.

We have a choice. There is one national presidential candidate who is strong on climate change. Please read the statement below, and at the bottom, join us in signing your name in support Jill Stein.

1,196 SIGNATURES
GOAL: 3,500 signatures

Jill Stein for President: A Statement of Support on Climate Change

Climate change is the gravest environmental, social and economic peril that humanity has ever faced. Across the planet, it is causing vanishing polar ice, melting glaciers, growing deserts, more violent storms, rising oceans, less biodiversity, deepening droughts, as well as more disease, hunger, strife and human misery.

Jill Stein of the Green Party is the only national presidential candidate who shows the commitment needed to address this urgent problem. She supports reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere to below 350 ppm. We urge those who want action on climate change to vote for her on November 6.

Stein's Green New Deal, the cornerstone of her campaign, is a blueprint for action to stop climate change. The massive investment needed to transition to a carbon neutral economy by 2025 will provide the foundation for a revival of the American economy, putting tens of millions of Americans back to work while providing reliable, safe and affordable energy for our future.

Jill Stein supports an annual fund of several hundred billion dollars to invest in clean renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal), public transportation and organic agriculture. It will be funded via taxes on the windfall profits of fossil fuel companies, major cuts in the military budget, a rising fee on carbon emissions, and an end to subsidies on fossil fuels and nuclear power plants.

Stein and the Green Party will shut all oil, coal and nuclear plants by 2025. Dr. Stein will ban mountaintop removal coal mining, the hydrofracking of natural gas and the development of the tar sands oil and Keystone XL. Jill Stein will stop oil drilling off shore, on public lands, under the Great Lakes and in the Arctic.

We have five times as much oil and coal and gas available as climate scientists say that the atmosphere can tolerate. So we must keep 80 percent of those reserves locked away safely underground to avoid a climate disaster. To ensure that this happens, America's energy plan should seek full democratic control over existing fossil fuel supplies and infrastructure.

This election day, we urge all Americans to demand action to address climate change. Vote Jill Stein for President.

INITIAL SIGNERS:

  • Julia Butterfly Hill
  • Colin Beavan, No Impact Man
  • Sean Sweeney, co-author United Nations Environmental Program report on Global Green Jobs (2008)
  • Medea Benjamin, CoFounder Global Exchange
  • Steve Breyman, Assoc. Prof. of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • David Schwartzman, Prof. Emeritus of Biology at Howard University
  • Charles Komonaff, Carbon Tax Center
  • Chris Hedges, Author
  • Howie Hawkins, Co-Founder, Clamshell Alliance
  • Mark Dunlea, Green Education and Legal Fund
  • Richard Wolff, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts
  • Nathanael Fortune, Professor of Physics, Smith College
  • David Cobb, Program on Corporations Law & Democracy (POCLAD)
  • Masada Disenhouse, 350 San Diego
  • Ted Glick, author
  • Linda Piera-Avila, Vice Chair, Santa Monica Urban Forest Task Force, Santa Monica, CA
  • Mimi Newton, Environmental Attorney, Fairfax Ca.
  • Katey Culver. Owner, Song to Gaia Gardens
  • Aaron Pacitti, Assistant Professor of Economics, Siena College
  • Howard Switzer, Architect, Ecoville Architechs
  • Albert Bates, Author, The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change

                       (organizations listed for identification purposes only)


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Scheduling and Special Ops for Jill Stein for President 2012