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How Can you Arrest a Mermaid?
September 1, 2011, 11:45 pm
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Actress Daryl Hannah and over 500 others were arrested at a sit-in outside the White House to voice their opposition to the planned  construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.  The pipeline would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Hannah is bringing attention to what could otherwise be a quiet deal between Obama and the oil industry. Earlier this month, an editorial in The New York Times opposed the pipeline, reading, “We have two main concerns: the risk of oil spills along the pipeline, which would traverse highly sensitive terrain, and the fact that the extraction of petroleum from the tar sands creates far more greenhouse emissions than conventional production does.”
The hope of the Obama presidency was the vision to eliminate our dependence on oil.  Thank you, Daryl…Your move Mr. President.
by Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown
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Yesterday’s Other Story

While our nation’s politicians attended last night’s, “prom night”, the other story was Carol Browner’s resignation.  As Obama’s energy czar, Ms. Browner was the President’s top adviser when it came to climate change and energy matters.  Sadly, no comprehensive energy and climate bill addressing the threat of global warming has been passed into law during her term over the past two years.  With Ms. Browner’s departure, it seems unlikely that  there will be any movement on this issue of paramount importance.  Most of the world’s top scientists have been warning us about climate change for decades, and now is the time to enact real change. As they campaign for votes and fight amongst themselves, our politicians have forgotten that we belong to the earth…the Earth does not belong to us. The threat of global warming is already a crisis, and environmental issues need to be an immediate priority for all politicians, regardless of their political affiliation.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



The Promise of America

America is a young nation. It has been called the Great Experiment. The promise of America is its freedoms, liberty and equality.  This promise demands that we respect, or at the very least tolerate, the views and beliefs of others, even when they are not our own.

Orrin Hatch gave the most beautiful and emotional eulogy  for his dear friend Ted Kennedy: Two great senators who, despite their huge ideological differences, became great friends and worked together for America.  This often meant compromise, meeting somewhere in the center.

Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have come together warning our politicians to deal responsibly with the federal deficit or suffer the consequences. They came together as great Americans.  Now Congress must heed their call.

Last night, President Obama  asked  each of us to find  more respectful ways of doing politics. President Obama concluded in his speech in Tuscon, “I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.” He was asking us to respect each other’s opinions, listen to each other more carefully, and trust in America to form a more perfect union. That’s the promise of America.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN