US Must Rejoin Kyoto, Regulate CO2, or Face More Disasters
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
Thursday, December 1, 2005
The U.S. must push for more dramatic steps against global warming, regulate industry, and convert to clean energy sources, or face more Katrinas, warn Greens as nations in Montreal for the U.N. Climate Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders strongly criticized the Bush Administration's decision to shun the U.N. Climate Conference in Montreal (November 28 - December 9) on global warming, calling it reckless and irresponsible in the face of the growing climate crisis.
"We're calling on all Americans to reject President Bush's so-called market-based solutions to global warming," said Marc Sanson, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. "Corporations will not voluntarily take steps to end dependence on fossil fuels, cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, or conserve energy, when such steps interfere with short-term profits."
"We need regulation -- surpassing the minimal Kyoto measures -- just as we needed the EPA and OSHA to curb pollution and the lack of workplace safety," added Mr. Sanson. "A democratic nation has a responsibility to regulate powerful corporations."
Green Party members throughout the U.S. plan to attend various rallies and other events urging increased measures to curb global warming when nations meeting in Montreal discuss the Kyoto accords, and to protest the U.S.'s nonparticipation.
Greens are participating in the Climate Crisis Coalition, which is coordinating the December 3rd International Day of Action to Stop Global Warming. Ted Glick, Green Party member and organizer of the Independent Progressive Politics Network, is co-founder of the Coalition, which has established the 'People's Ratification of the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty' , a nationwide petition drive.
On December 3, a rally titled 'Kyoto and Beyond Climate Crisis: USA Join the World!' in Madison Square Park (12:30 -2:30 p.m., Madison Avenue between 24th and 25th Streets) will feature Gloria Mattera, 2005 Green candidate for Brooklyn Borough President; Tony Gronowicz, 2005 Green candidate for Mayor of New York; and Lynne Serpe, who managed 2004 Green presidential candidate David Cobb's campaign.
"We're stressing the need for conservation and clean energy sources, and warning that nuclear energy is not an acceptable alternative to fossil fuels," said Julia Willebrand, New York Green and organizer of the Madison Square Park rally. "Nuclear power is a security risk and creates tons of radioactive waste. We need to decrease energy consumption and convert to solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, fuel cell, and biomass sources."
Greens point to widespread evidence that global warming is already underway, such as the recent increase in killer hurricanes like Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, shrinkage of the Arctic ice cap, and disappearance of glaciers and tundra. An overwhelming majority of scientists assert that the original Kyoto goal of a reduction of 5% to 1991 greenhouse gas levels is severely inadequate and urge a 70% reduction, a goal supported by Green Party members.
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