"The Republicans and Democrats each talk about the election of the other party as the end of the world; maybe they're right," said Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein last night, as the first winds from superstorm Sandy buffeted her on the windy expanse of Boston City Hall plaza. Stein made her remarks at a 350.org vigil during a brief campaign stop in her home state. She heads to Texas tomorrow to support the Keystone XL pipeline Tars Sands Blockade.
Scientists tell us that we now have access to five times more fossil fuels than we can afford to burn without triggering catastrophic climate change.
"If President Obama's 'all of the above' energy policy is pursued, it's 'game over' for the climate," said Stein. "Romney once was honest about climate, but now is parroting industry lines. Hurricane Sandy is not the first warning we've had; let's not let there be another such warning before we act decisively to move to a new green economy."
Stein noted that the recent events sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates were the first set of presidential debates since 1984 in which global warming was not mentioned. In response, over 2500 climate activists have signed a statement of support for Dr. Stein and criticizing the failures of the political establishment. See http://www.jillstein.org/climate
Meanwhile, drought has blighted 60% of the corn crops in the U.S. and wildfires have turned thousands into refugees. The Arctic ice cap has lost 75% of its ice and dangerous methane gas is seeping out from melting subterranean deposits.
"The President and his Republican challenger are so firmly in the service of the gas, oil, and coal industries that they want to accelerate our plunge down the path of destruction," said Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala, adding that, "The only vote that will count for action on climate change in this election is a vote for the Green Party."
At last year's climate conference in Durban, South Africa, the White House's team worked to delay the effective date of any international climate treaty until 2020. This will mean eight more crucial years of inaction that scientist universally agree could prove deadly for the planet. In fact, the President is proposing to spend 32 times more on his latest Wall Street bailout initiative, known as Quantitative Easing III, than he is spending on renewable energy.
Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala are the only candidates talking about addressing the climate crisis head on by pushing for a 100% renewable carbon neutral economy, with full employment. The Green New Deal that they are proposing would create 25 million jobs in sustainable energy, agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing infrastructure, as well as in social services and public education.
"When we show that we take the climate crisis seriously enough to vote for the Green option, the power of democracy will be unleashed, and our political system will finally respond to this growing threat," said Stein.