imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Obama's New Climate Plan

by Stephen Lendman Wednesday, Jul. 03, 2013 at 8:47 PM


Obama's New Climate Plan

by Stephen Lendman

It's typical Obama. It's largely old wine in new bottles. It's more duplicitous than real. Rhetoric belies policy. He does it every time. His credibility's sorely lacking. He's a serial liar. It remains to be seen what follows.

A White House web site posting headlined "CLIMATE CHANGE and President Obama's Action Plan."

On June 25, he said:

"So the question is not whether we need to act. (It's) whether we will have the courage to act before it's too late."

"As a President, as a father, and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act."

A follow-up press release headlined "Presidential Memorandum - Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards," saying:

"With every passing day, the urgency of addressing climate change intensifies."

"I made clear in my State of the Union address that my Administration is committed to reducing carbon pollution that causes climate change, preparing our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speeding the transition to more sustainable sources of energy."

"By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to reduce power plant carbon pollution, building on actions already underway in States and the power sector, I hereby direct the following:"

"Section 1. Flexible Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants

a. Carbon Pollution Standards for Future Power Plants

b. Carbon Pollution Regulation for Modified, Reconstructed, and Existing Power Plants

c. Development of Standards, Regulations, or Guidelines for Power Plants

Sec. 2. General Provisions."

In 2009, Obama promoted cap and trade. It wasn't enacted. Perhaps he plans a new version. His earlier one was a stealth scheme. It permitted pollution, speculative trading and fraud.

It had nothing to do with clean energy, achieving energy independence, and improving climate conditions beneficially. It was about letting corporate polluters reap huge windfall profits.

At issue was higher energy and fuel prices. It was about speculative carbon derivatives trading. It was about manipulating markets for profit. It passed the House. It died in the Senate. It wasn't addressed.

Then House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Energy Environment Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey falsely claimed it would create millions of clean energy jobs, put America on the path to energy independence, reduce our foreign oil dependence, and save billions of dollars.

It would unleash trillions of energy investment dollars, they said. It would cut global warming pollution. It would strengthen our economy.

It would make "America the world leader in new clean energy and energy efficiency technologies."

Strong-arm pressure, threats and bribes preceded passage. Washington works that way. Popular interests don't matter. Corporate bosses make policy.

Polluters loved it. So did and corporate-friendly environmental groups. At the time, Friends of the Earth president Brent Blackwelder took issue.

He said corporate polluters Shell and Duke Energy wrote the bill. What benefits them harms everyone except other profiteers.

Public Citizen called the bill a new way to pollute. It solved nothing environmentally. It benefitted powerful, oil, coal and nuclear interests.

Carbon trading's a scam. In the 1980s, it was promoted. Clinton made it a key 1997 Kyoto Protocol provision. He signed it in 1998. It wasn't ratified.

Obama's so-called 2009 American Clean Energy and Security Act was about profits writ large, not environmental protection. Its emissions reduction targets were too weak. They encouraged pollution. They created new profit centers to do it.

Wall Street stood to benefit hugely. Enactment would have created a speculative carbon derivatives trading bonanza. Estimates ranged between - 10 trillion in five years.

At the time, Clinton's Undersecretary of Commerce Robert J. Shapiro said:

"We are on the verge of creating a new trillion dollar market (through) financial assets that will be securitized, derivatized, and speculated by Wall Street like the mortgage-backed securities market."

Solari Investment Advisory Services' Catherine Austin Fitts said:

"(H)old on to your hat. Carbon trading (enactment will) make the housing and derivative bubbles look like target practice."

Other critics called it a scam. The great American bubble machine found another one. Resurrecting it may be planned.

Hundreds of cleverly crafted provisions conceal their real purpose. Corporate lawyers and lobbyists writing them assure it.

Tyson Slocum heads Public Citizen's energy program. On June 25, he headlined "Obama's Climate Plan: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly."

It's hard finding anything good Obama promotes. Throughout his tenure, he did more harm to more people globally than most of his predecessors combined.

He has lots more life-destroying plans in mind. He's by far America's worst president. He menaces humanity like no one else.

Slocum hopes he'll "rewrite rules for new plants (the old standard, which just passed its deadline in April, essentially blocked new coal power plants, so there's a strong chance the rewrite will weaken the original standard) and develop rules over all existing power plants."

At issue is will policy match his rhetoric. His record suggests otherwise. Don't bet he'll change now. His initiative builds on auto tailpipe standards.

"The downside," said Slocum, "is that the late 2015 final rule date is far off in the future, and will be wrought with lengthy legal challenges, lending an awful lot of uncertainty to the outcome."

His plan includes renewable targets and efficiency on federal land, other government operations, in military ones, and in Washington-assisted housing.

Allegedly he'll target Big Oil subsidies. It's likely talk without followthrough. Don't bet he'll follow through and do it.

The "bad," says Slocum, includes no mention "of using a uniform, strong climate change impact assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act, which would require the costs and impacts of GHG (greenhouse gas emissions) in every federal environmental impact statement."

Slocum calls failure to utilize NEPA for GHG assessment "a major oversight." Loan guarantees for so-called "clean coal" "is a taxpayer boondoggle waiting to happen."

Big Coal stands to profit hugely. So do Big Oil and other energy giants. They write legislation sent to Congress. They write all congressional bills.

Doing so assures provisions included benefit them greatly. Politicians are bribed to go along. Millions in campaign funds convince them.

So do insider trading stock tips, front running opportunities, free corporate travel, and other benefits. Who said crime doesn't pay?

The "ugly," says Slocum, includes Obama's " 'all of the above' strategy." It includes oil and gas exploration. Slocum calls what's going on "a disaster."

"His focus on fossil fuel exports - including the explicit promotion of LNG (liquefied natural gas) and his failure to curtail coal exports - threatens to undo the positive elements of the plan."

He's moving "full-speed-ahead on fracking." He ignores controlling "fugitive emission, water contamination," and related environmental problems.

Keystone XL Pipeline construction awaits State Department approval. Obama heads toward endorsing it.

It's a controversial 1,661-mile Alberta, Canada to Port Arthur, TX initiative.

Environmental groups strongly oppose it. They do so for good reason.

If completed, it'll carry toxic tar sands oil from Western Canada to refineries on America's Gulf coast. It'll pass through environmentally sensitive areas.

They're in six states. They include waterways and the Oballala Aquifer. It's one of the world's largest. In America, it supplies about 30% of the nation's irrigation ground water.

Friends of the Earth says Keystone XL "will carry one of the world's dirtiest fuels: tar sands oil." Its route "could devastate ecosystems and pollute water sources, and would jeopardize public health."

If completed, it'll double America's dirty tar sands oil supply. It'll increase environmental toxicity.

Big Oil wants it. So do Republicans and conservative Democrats. Expect Obama to go along. He always does. His rhetoric belies policy. He's beholden to monied interests. They own him.

Whatever they want, they get. This time won't be different. Betting otherwise assures losing.

Slocum calls Keystone XL's environmental impact study "fatally flawed." A legitimate one is essential. Doing so requires "tak(ing) into account the true GHG impact of the tar sands."

It will "require this gas-price boosting project to be rejected." Slocum said "it would be helpful if" Obama lent support to the 2013 Climate Protection Act. It "places a price on carbon."

It "send(s) revenues back to families and into investments for a sustainable energy economy." It regulates fracking. It repeals Big Oil subsidies.

It bears repeating, betting on Obama doing the right thing assures losing. He's bought and paid for multiple times over.

He's beholden to powerful interests. He betrays loyal constituents. He does so irresponsibly. He does it every time.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

Visit his blog site at

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

Report this post as:

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 5 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
Public Sees Climate Change As Top Threat crazy_inventor Friday, Jul. 05, 2013 at 2:29 AM
can all these people be chumped? HAARP Global Extortion Racket Friday, Jul. 05, 2013 at 10:21 AM
repeating the same fossil fool mantra DOES a troll make crazy_inventor Friday, Jul. 05, 2013 at 5:29 PM
'peer' reviewed HAARP Global Extortion Racket Monday, Jul. 08, 2013 at 8:53 AM
"warming we have had the last 100 years is so small" crazy_inventor Monday, Jul. 08, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM


lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Creative Destruction Hack Diamonds Windows/iOS/Android - Creative Destruction Generator S19 12:51AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Creative Destruction Hack Mod Generator S15 3:49AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Propagande de virus, virus de propagande S10 7:34AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

Sweatshop Lodge Ceremony Continues in US Fed Prisons Led by Inmates S08 6:17PM

Paraphysique de l'origami S08 7:11AM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Du réussissement putréfié S06 10:55AM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Log S06 4:25AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming? A31 10:07AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy