Dr. Willis Harman: "No crisis in the history of civilized humanity compares with the challenge that the entire way of life of the modern world is not sustainable on a finite planet nothing short of fundamental transformation of all our powerful institutions, and underlying that, of modern thought and prejudice, will alter the ultimate catastrophe."
DID ENERGY STAGNATION CREATE PRIORITIES OUT OF FOCUS?
After Iraq, WWIII ????
Are we really going for it?
A most successful Belief Implant - every child is mimicking the phrase
"Life is not Fair" (this is neither from Science nor Religion)
100% Success. Who Spread the belief? Look at that Economic Divide grow!
"The Rich-Poor Gap Grows -Limelight Stays on the Rich and the Politicians - Wealth and attention seem to follow the chosen few. Meanwhile, not much of the nations wealth is trickling down to Joe and Jane Sixpack."
Bringing Freedom Peace Democracy AND PROSPERIETY EVERYWHERE
Distributed to newspapers on Wednesday,
December 18, 2002 by Knight-Ridder/Tribune Information
For two weeks during this country's business-led strike, the privately owned stations that dominate Venezuelan television have been running opposition "info-mercials" instead of advertisements, in addition to what is often non-stop coverage of opposition protests.
"I am sure there is money from abroad," asserts Moncada. It's a good guess: prior to the coup on April 11, the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy stepped up its funding to opposition groups, including money funneled through the International Republican Institute. The latter's funding multiplied more than sixfold, to $340,000 in 2001.
But if history is any guide, overt funding from Washington will turn out to be the tip of the iceberg. This was the case in Haiti, Nicaragua, Chile, and other countries where Washington has sought "regime change" because our leaders didn't agree with the voters' choice at the polls. (In fact, Washington is currently aiding efforts to oust President Aristide in Haiti -- for the second time). In these episodes, which extended into the 1990s, our government concealed amounts up to the hundreds of millions of dollars that paid for such things as death squads, strikes, economic destabilization, electoral campaigns and media.
The Accumulated Financial Wealth of the Top One Percent of Households Exceeds the Combined Wealth of the Bottom 95 Percent - John Robbins can be contacted through his website, http://www.foodrevolution.org
For many people today, poverty takes a terrible toll on health. Although there are more millionaires than ever today, there are also far more people who are having difficulty meeting even the most basic human needs.
We need to talk about the fact that we have created an economy where the accumulated financial wealth of the top one percent of households exceeds the combined wealth of the bottom 95 percent ("..... the poor will soon be storming" ......MAN, that is going to be a LOT of terrrorists), Where in the very midst of prodigious wealth, one in every four preschoolers live in poverty. Where it's easier for a Bill Gates to make another billion dollars than for a single mother to keep a roof over the head of her children.
The problem is not that Bill Gates and others like him are incredibly rich. The problem is that the amount of Microsoft stock Bill Gates owned in 1999 was worth twelve times the total amount of all the securities owned by all the 33 million African-Americans combined. The problem is not that Disney CEO Michael Eisner makes a lot of money. The problem is that in 1998 he made more than 25,000 times as much as the average Disney worker.
We are witnessing a level of inequality in wealth distribution that makes the extremes of medieval feudalism pale in comparison. We've created, in the words of Jeff Gates, "a sumptuous heaven for some, an ungodly struggle for most, and a living hell for many." Newspapers give us daily reports of stock prices, rejoicing when the stock exchanges rise, but rarely mention when consumer debt-loads become unbearably high. In 1998, at the height of the boom of the 1990s, more people filed for bankruptcy in the United States than went to college. In 1999, three men - Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and Warren Buffet - had a net worth greater than the combined GDP of the 41 poorest nations and their 550 million people.
We need to talk about this because, in this sea of inequality, the rising tide isn't lifting all the boats. It's sinking a lot of them. Working people are experiencing increasing insecurity. They are no longer sure that they or their children will find decent work paying a living wage, or that anyone will help them out if they lose their jobs, get sick, or grow old. As the richer get richer and the poor get poorer and more numerous, increasing numbers of people experience feelings of powerlessness, social exclusion, chronic anxiety, low self esteem, social isolation, and the sense that life is out of control. This contributes substantially to heart disease, depression, and other debilitating and deadly ailments. A large and growing body of medical literature says that wealth inequality and the resultant insecurity are among the leading causes of disease, disability and death.
ABC EXCLUSIVE: Serious Mistakes?
Three Items Stand as
Stark Reminders of Behavior Possessing Questionable Intelligence Qualities
2. "Climate Talks Shift Focus From Emissions to Adapt, Adjust to Changes" 'adjust to premature and early deaths in pretty hospitals, in isolation, with the exhausted overworked nurse in rare attendance (for those who can afford insurance), as Kenneth Lay/Enron and the like, enjoy the glory and fruits of the peoples' labor
Choosing, with flag waving, freaking fury, to die early, is neither intelligence nor freedom.
3. Failure to question and Demand Correction to the Economic Slowdown - Unprecedented and vaunted scientific advances in every category and subject, at Universities and Research Centers, yet consumer goods cannot seem to reach the world marketplace - a world exploding in population and needs. Where poverty, starvation, deprivation of food, water, material goods have accelerated exponentially the last 50 years.
Now this slowdown, mingled with the Kenneth Lay/Enron Style Honest Business, is encroaching upon the American Lifestyle, depleting life savings, retirement savings, salary cuts, employee cuts, quality cuts, Vacation Benefits Package sneaking into a Coffee Break, while Europe get Five Weeks first year of employment, with productivity higher . as Terrorism Explodes - i.e., "cut off your air supply, food supply, water supply - and as the end approaches, and survival needs, instinct takes over - note what you would do to stay alive. Time to change current CHOICES http://www.fuel2000.net/Daily2.htm
Hopefully, this is NOT The New Look Encroaching into the United States Constitution:
"The Freedom Pyramid Scheme":
representing American Freedom - where ALL have the opportunity (any which way you can) to reach the Top. Each and Every One of us has this great, glorious freedom and opportunity to achieve the pinnacle, the heights of Power and Rule, in the various niches. But only One gets there, the rest be dammed, as the multinationals make the rules, ignoring the screams of the people around the world, now including many Americans.
For the Legal Details of the Business Climate and Structure,
and the Laws passed the last 50 years enforcing corporate rule and dominance
a Factual Data summary of Laws passed, presented by Ralph Nader, David
Korten, Marjorie Kelly, and Charles Derber
. The Demise of Democracy:
The Rise of Corporate Power , Corporation Nation , When Corporations
Rule the World
Let's Get Real:
Campaign for Corporate Reform - Recipes for Reform
Pay Attention to History.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini (Common Dreams)http://www.commondreams.org/
On Homeland Security: "An
evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great
nation," the leader of another country once wrote. "We must
take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland."
_______That was Adoph Hitler, writing about creation of the
Gestapo in Nazi Germany.
of Lost Health Benefits Is Reaching Into the Middle Class
New York Times 11/25/02 - A changing portrait of the 41 million Americans
who do not have health insurance today. Once thought to be a problem
chiefly of the poor and the unemployed, the health care crisis is spreading
up the income ladder and deep into the ranks of those with full-time
Enron Scandal Spreads To India? (4/14/02) Accumulating Evidence: See below with additional Enron items.
HARD WORKING AMERICANS
Wall Street as a Colonial
Power - By Marjorie Kelly
The financial media control the narrative of business, and implicit in that narrative is the notion employee income must be kept down. Not surprisingly, nearly 30 percent of workers today make a poverty-level wage. We don't hear that. Instead we read that half of all people own stock. In truth, most own paltry amounts, and this "wealth" is eclipsed by growing debt loads. The stark fact is, the 1 percent wealthiest own half of all stock. Their income doubled between 1997 and 1999, while many earners saw income decline.
WALL STREET AND IT'S DARLINGS Happiness is............................
Bullying people from
your town to China How Wal-Mart is Remaking
Corporations rule. No other institution comes close to matching the power that the 500 biggest corporations have amassed over us. The clout of all 535 members of Congress is nothing compared to the individual and collective power of these predatory behemoths that now roam the globe, working their will over all competing interests.
The aloof and pampered executives who run today's autocratic
and secretive corporate states have effectively become our sovereigns.
From who gets health care to who pays taxes, from what's on the news
to what's in our food, they have usurped the people's democratic authority
and now make these broad social decisions in private, based solely on
the interests of their
Wal-Mart cultivates an aw-shucks, we're-just-folks-from-Arkansas image of neighborly small-town shopkeepers trying to sell stuff cheaply to you and yours. Behind its soft homespun ads, however, is what one union leader calls "this devouring beast" of a corporation that ruthlessly stomps on workers, neighborhoods, competitors, and suppliers.
SUMMARY: Wal-Mart and the Waltons got to the top the old-fashioned way-by roughing people up. The corporate ethos emanating from the Bentonville headquarters dictates two guiding principles for all managers: extract the very last penny possible from human toil, and squeeze the last dime from every supplier. With more than one million employees (three times more than General Motors), this far-flung retailer is the country's largest private employer, and it intends to remake the image of the American workplace in its image-which is not pretty. Behind this manufactured cheerfulness, however, is the fact that the average employee makes only $15,000 a year for full-time work. Most are denied even this poverty income, for they're held to part-time work. While the company brags that 70% of its workers are full-time, at Wal-Mart "full time" is 28 hours a week, meaning they gross less than $11,000 a year. Health-care benefits? Only if you've been there two years; then the plan hits you with such huge premiums that few can afford it-only 38% of Wal-Marters are covered. Thinking union? Get outta here! "Wal-Mart is opposed to unionization," reads a company guidebook for supervisors. "You, as a manager, are expected to support the company's position. These derring-do employees were sick of working harder and longer for the same low pay. "We signed [union] cards, and all hell broke loose," Wal-Mart is an unrepentant and recidivist violator of employee rights, A top EEOC lawyer told Business Week, "I have never seen this kind of blatant disregard for the law." Worldwide wage-depressor ...Then there's China. "We Buy American" advertising campaign, but it was nothing more than a red-white-and-blue sham. As Charlie Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee reports, "In country after country, factories that produce for Wal-Mart are the worst," adding that the bottom-feeding labor policy of this one corporation "is actually lowering standards in China, slashing wages and benefits, imposing long mandatory-overtime shifts, while tolerating the arbitrary firing of workers who even dare to discuss factory conditions and $0.13, that's cents, an hour.."
(THE PROMISE OF CLEAN CHEAP ENERGY AND MODERN TECHNOLOGY)
Martin Regalia, chief economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said . "We're not the rats on a treadmill; we're the rats that built the treadmill," . Richard L. Trumka, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, called Regalia's comment "absolutely ridiculous," saying several recent strikes over forced overtime show that many Americans want to spend less time on the job. "The American worker wants to spend time with their family," he said. "They value that time and they're spending more and more time on the job." Labor Secretary Alexis Herman said she has heard many of those same claims. "I hear from working Americans that they're working, often times, longer and harder, AND more family members working " she said. "I hear from working families that they need more help to balance work and family demands."
Work harder! Work harder! Work harder! Work Harder!
Companies Do More With Less WASHINGTON, May 31, 2002
U.S. worker productivity shot ahead in the first quarter
at the fastest pace in almost 19 years, the government reported Friday,
as hard-pressed companies produced more with fewer workers. "All-in-all
it's a win-win-win situation for the U.S. economy."
MARKET NEWS: Production is INCREASING after all those enormous layoffs WITH CONTINUED SALARY SAVINGS! (NOTE: count the salaried, no overtime hours being worked daily. Saturdays. And now, lo and behold, Sundays.)
McDonalds is losing Market Share - HQ demands improved Customer Service! - from minimum wage employees? (who do not make enough money for BOTH food and rent - Solution: get in line and be a WORKING AMERICAN hunger drive RECIPIENT at XMAS? )
Give up those benefits, Sacrifice salary increases for the GOOD of the Company
Shop till you drop, as price gouging spreads like wildfire.
Or face economic sanctions: job loss, no food $, no housing $, no medical
The drug industry claims its high profits are necessary in order to conduct expensive research and development. It spends more on research than any other industry. The federally funded National Institutes of Health may be the drug industry's biggest benefactor. This government agency alone will spend more than $23 billion on research this year. And much of the research benefits the drug industry. "There's no other industry in which you have so much public investment in the fundamental knowledge that enables the development of the commercial industry itself," said Dr. Bernadine Healy, who used to run the NIH. And how important is this publicly funded research to the industry? The NIH looked at the five top-selling drugs of 1995 in a report. It found that "NIH-funded research played a critical role" in discovering each one of those drugs. Similar to Existing Drugs A closer look reveals that much of the profits from prescription sales are not derived from breakthrough drugs, but rather from drugs that are similar to already popular medications. But, adding up all the drugs approved over the past six years, 80 percent of all those drugs were deemed by the FDA to be similar to what already exists. In other words, not a significant improvement.
US media turn on corporate excess
The Enron scandal has forced a spotlight on the gross disparities in America between the earnings of top executives and their workers, writes David Teather
Friday March 15, 2002
"Chief executives cash in too easily on crumbling
GROWTH BY GOBBLE-UP MERGERS
Many of these cuts in Service and Quality have a direct and immediate impact upon both health and LIFE
WALL STREET WINS, MAINSTREET LOSES - And we cannot help but Choke and Cheer at the same time.
STUDY IN OBEDIENCE
ECONOMICS FOR DUMMIES
Short Term and Long Term Investment
And Profitability Standards
The Divine Right Of Capital
The Demise of Democracy:
The Divine Right of
Capital shows how the corporate mandate to maximize returns to shareholders
is out of step with democratic and free-market ideals.
on Friday, April 19, 2002 by CommonDreams.org
LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2002
Toxic Algae Killing West Coast Animals (AP) Birds falling from the sky. Pelicans having seizures. Dolphins dying on beaches. For two months, a growing number of marine mammals and birds have been dying along the California coast. About 70 dolphins have washed up on state beaches, while more than 200 sea lions and 200 seabirds have gotten sick or died. One of the leading suspects is domoic acid, a potent toxin that attacks the brain. The naturally occurring toxin is produced by the plankton species Pseudo-nitzschia.The toxin moves up the food chain from the slender, glass-shelled diatoms to sardines, anchovies, crabs and other shellfish that, in turn, become dinner for birds and marine mammals.
"There's dead pelicans on the beach, and then these weird ones having seizures," said Jay Holcomb, director of the International BirdRescue Research Center. "We had the public calling in, saying, 'These birds are falling out of the sky.'"
"It's a complex biological system and I don't think
we have any idea of what will happen if you begin to perturb it. You
might get something worse."Christopher Scholin,Monterey Bay Aquarium
AP-NY-03-22-02 0728EST Antarctic
Ice Shelf Collapses
The Associated Press March 19 2002-
Air pollution strangles blood supplyFriday, 15 March, 2002, 23:53 GMT
Pollution causes changes to the body - Air pollution causes the blood vessels to narrow - even in healthy people, scientists have shown for the first time.
Nearly Half of
Coastal Waters Damaged, Not Fit For Life A new
EPA report says many U.S. coastal waters are so polluted the marine
life has disappeared.
Air pollution heart
attack link Monday, 11 June, 2001, 23:51 GMT 00:51 UK
Air Pollution Increases
Lung Cancer Risk March 5, 2002 - By Jeanie Davis WebMD Medical
. The brown haze on the horizon is bad for your
health -- very, very bad. Long-term exposure to air pollution is a serious
risk factor for heart disease and lung cancer, says a new study. In
the study, researchers compared health data and death records on 500,000
Americans, all based on information collected by the American Cancer
Society over a 16-year period.
U.N. Urges 'More
Crop Per Drop' as Water Dwindles
ROME (Reuters) - The world's increasingly grave water shortage means farmers are going to have to produce "more crop per drop" to feed its growing population, United Nations officials said on Friday.
"Water scarcity and quality will be one of the major problems of the 21st century," Godwin Obasi, secretary-general of the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told a ceremony in Rome to mark World Water Day. "It is also the biggest threat to food security," he added.
"The global demand for water is estimated to have risen nearly sevenfold from 1900 to 1995, more than double the rate of population growth," Obasi said.
According to the United Nations, some 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.
RIVERS THAT DO NOT REACH THE SEA
Increased demand for water for use in irrigation and industry has resulted in some rivers no longer reaching the sea and declining water tables in many parts of the world. Desertification is devastating farm production and the variety of plant and animal life in many areas, U.N. bodies say.
The international community is behind target in its drive to halve the number of severely malnourished people in the world to around 400 million by 2015, the U.N. says. FAO will hold a world food summit at its Rome headquarters from June 10-13 to try to get countries back on track.
Agriculture is the largest consumer of water, accounting for 72 percent of the total usage for the world, the WMO says.
Pressure on water supplies is ever more intense as the population swells in the developing world, officials said.
The global population is forecast to grow from some six
billion now to more than eight billion by 2020, food and agriculture
Fresh Water Supplies
Will Be Critical Issue For Earth This Century
Scandal Spreads To India? CBS) (NEW YORK)
Apr 14, 2002 9:22 pm US/Eastern
Raghu Dhar of Zee TV speaks to CBS News Correspondent Bob Simon for a report that reveals how Enron - with the help of two U.S. administrations - pushed for and built the plant, even though it would quadruple Indian electricity bills while guaranteeing big profits at no risk to Enron.
"Yes, of course [the job offer was to buy silence]," says Dhar, whose criticisms included pointing out that the deal called for Enron to be paid for all the power produced, whether or not it was needed or used. "These are the kinds of things which raised our eyebrows Absolute arrogance. It was something I had not seen American companies do abroad, really," he says.
The plant would run on liquefied natural gas shipped by tanker from the Middle East, a prospect many considered odd because India has lots of coal, a much cheaper and common fuel it has traditionally used to generate electricity. It turns out Enron was going to buy the natural gas from one of its own subsidiaries. Moreover, the central Indian government would assume essentially all risks in the venture, assuring Enron a 25 percent return on its investment.
Enron has always maintained that the power plant would be beneficial to India. The World Bank refused to invest in the project and issued a report, warning that the plant and the electricity were much too expensive, but the U.S. government backed Enron's plan.
According to Pradyumna Kaul, a management consultant evaluating the Enron project for the Indian government, "the Indian government in Delhi were told that they would have no alternative but to sign [Enron's deal]. That was the only condition for the U.S. government to continue to support India on the foreign exchange financial front," says Kaul.
When the project was halted by a local politician who was elected partly by promising to stop its construction, the American ambassador to India under President Clinton, Frank Wisner, came to Enron's aid. Wisner tells Simon the project was in the best interests of India's state and central governments.
Kaul says Wisner put pressure on government officials. "He would come up and explain that if India does not go along with Enron's proposal, then foreign investment and capital flows into the country would dry up. He said it not once, [but] a number of times." When asked if Wisner was just doing his job to get business for American companies, Kaul said there were other American companies doing business in India, "But the only company and the only project which Wisner supported was Enron," he says.
Wisner joined Enron as a director of one of its subsidiaries after leaving government service, a move he said was common. "There have been hundreds of government officials who have joined private companies after leaving their offices," he tells Simon.
The project went through, but last year, the plant shut down as India's state electric company could no longer pay Enron's bills. Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay demanded a billion-dollar bailout from the central government in India, even getting the Bush administration to set up an Enron task force to push the issue.
Those efforts bogged down after the Sept.11 terrorist attacks, the war in Afghanistan and the financial collapse of Enron, but there is still pressure on India. The current ambassador to India, Robert Blackwill, publicly mentioned the debt two months ago.
Says Dhar, "To us, at the end of the day, it was
one of the worst sides of American corporate culture we saw. We felt
sad because we expected amazing standards."
Argentina's Economic Collapse
Associations and implications: Argentina's economic collapse, Enron, IMF & the World Bank. These Rumors warrant investigation, to confirm or dismiss
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP 4/05/02) - Argentina's president said today the nation cannot withraw $1.8 billion worth of bonds being used as currencies despite demands by the IMF. Argentina, which has defaulted on its $141 billion foreign debt, is seeking $25 billion in bailout funds to prop up the failing banking system and put the country on the road to recovery. IMF officials have said Argentina must undertake more economic reforms and present a clear plan before aid can be released.
0433EST Enron Caution Prompts Analyst
Now is the time for our elected
officials to be held accountable. Now
4/12/02: Congresswoman: Probe Bush Over 9/11 .Lawmaker: Did Bush Ignore 9/11 Warnings? ...................."Georgia Sen. Zell Miller, a conservative Democrat who has clashed before with McKinney, D-Ga., said her statement was "loony," also "dangerous and irresponsible." He said it was an example of McKinney trying to draw attention to herself.
Unrelated Trivia - CASPIAN SEA OIL COVETED
Today the real issue is the rich oil reserves of the Caspian Sea region--the prize sought by Hitler, whose drive to that area was stopped only by the tenacious Russian defence of the Volga River city of Stalingrad.
In the late 1970s, with the Soviet discovery of vast untapped oil in Chechnya, the region was ripe for exploitation but control over Afghanistan was needed to ensure the safety of a pipeline to bring the oil to world markets. But after almost 10 years of brutal, no-quarter fighting against Afghans and Arab mercenaries including Osama bin Laden, and backed by the US, the Soviets were forced to withdraw. The economic stress of this Russo-Afghan War was enough to topple communism in the early 1990s.
Now the international bankers and oilmen have a foothold in cash-strapped Russia, and the estimated $40 billion in Caspian Sea oil is again attracting serious attention. In 1997, six international companies and the Government of Turkmenistan formed Central Asian Gas Pipeline Ltd (CentGas) to build a 790-mile-long pipeline to Pakistan and perhaps on to the New Delhi area of India. Leading this consortium was Unocal Corporation, whose president, John F. Imle, Jr, said the project would be "the foundation for a new commerce corridor for the region--often referred to as the Silk Road for the 21st century".
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/ MICHAEL C. RUPPERT
JUST IN - ABC News just
found it!!! 4/24/02The
sun rises over oil rigs at the shore of the Caspian Sea off Baku, Azerbaijan.
(Sergei Grits/AP Photo) The Next Middle East?
This week, Saparmurat Niyazov, the president-for-life
of Turkmenistan, a California-sized former Soviet republic just northwest
of Afghanistan, met with officials from Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan and
Kazakhstan in an attempt to divide one of the world's richest oil and
gas regions at the bottom of the Caspian Sea.
Estimates for the oil reserves beneath this landlocked sea range from 35 billion barrels up to an optimistic 300 billion barrels. At the high end, that's more oil than even Saudi Arabia's 260 billion barrel reserve, and half as much as the entire Middle East. And while few analysts expect the Caspian to truly challenge the Middle East, its crude is already seen as shifting the global oil dynamics.
By 2020, the Caspian could be pumping out 6 million barrels of oil a day, or about 6 percent of the world's forecasted daily demand, according to the U.S. Energy Department. That, in turn, would generate about $150 million every 24 hours for the Caspian states and the Western oil companies that have partnered with them. Six percent may seem like a drop in an ocean of oil. Yet at a time when major energy consumers like the United States, Japan and Europe want to cut their dependence on the politically unstable Middle East and when Western oil companies are desperately seeking new oil assets to put on their books the Caspian has emerged as the petroleum equivalent of El Dorado.
"Caspian oil may eventually be as important to the industrialized world as Middle Eastern oil is today," declared former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker several years ago. Just last December, Colin Powell, the current secretary of state, described the oil reserves in Kazakhstan as being of "critical importance" to Western energy consumers in the near future. Yet as this week's contentious talks in Turkmenistan have already made clear, unlocking the Caspian's energy riches has been exceedingly difficult. Before Caspian oil can flow to Western markets, producers, consumers and oil companies must address three major issues: boundaries, pipelines and investment.
Whose Oil Is It? Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the five nations bordering the Caspian Russia to the north, Iran to the south, Azerbaijan to the west and Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to the east have been arguing over how to apportion the oil-rich sea floor. Pipelines in the Middle of Nowhere Even if a final resolution can be reached, there remains the daunting challenge of moving the Caspian's oil to market. The landlocked region is hundreds of miles from major shipping ports, necessitating the construction of expensive pipelines.
Last November, after years of delay and unanticipated expense, oil began to flow from the massive Tengiz fields in Kazakhstan to the Russian Black Sea port terminal of Novorossiysk, via a 990-mile, $2.5 billion pipeline built by a consortium of Western oil companies and regional governments. Yet even at its maximum capacity of 1.3 million barrels of day, this new pipeline will handle just a fraction of the total Caspian potential production. By most estimates, the region will need at least two additional pipelines a prospect clouded in uncertainty as the United States, Russia, Iran and Turkey maneuver for control over this politically crucial part of the world.
Fossil Fuels Pollution is the Greatest Contributor to Global Warming
Denial and Deception: A Chronicle of ExxonMobil's Corruption of the Debate on Global Warming--Full Report http://www.greenpeaceusa.org/
Eric V. Schaeffer, EPA Director,
Office of Regulatory Enforcement resigns
February 27, 2002 "I resign today from the Environmental
Protection Agency after twelve years of service, ..................But
I cannot leave without sharing my frustration about the fate of our
enforcement actions against power companies that have violated the Clean
Air Act. As the scale of pollution from these coal-fired
smokestacks is immense, so is the damage to public health. Data
supplied to the Senate Environment Committee by EPA last year estimate
the annual health bill from 7 million tons of SO2 and NO2: more than
10,800 premature deaths; at least 5,400 incidents of chronic bronchitis;
more than 5,100 hospital emergency visits; and over 1.5 million lost
work days. Add to that severe damage to our natural resources, as acid
rain attacks soils and plants, and deposits nitrogen in the Chesapeake
Bay and other critical bodies of water.
THE NEW ENERGY POLICY
Officials made several attempts to reach out to environmental groups, but that in many cases ``we came up with people who really didn't want to cooperate with us and they said, `check our Web site.''
THE NEW ENERGY POLICY PROMISES ANOTHER 100 PROFITABLE YEARS FOR OIL, GAS, COAL, NUCLEAR & Choking to Death - although Gaia/Earth promises a much shorter time span, before major house cleaning.
Tuesday, February 12, 2002 10:13 AM
WASHINGTON (March 27) - The Energy Department says its extensive contact with industry executives and lobbyists who are major GOP donors was a necessary part of formulating the Bush administration's energy plan last year.
``It should come as a surprise to no one that the energy
secretary consults with energy experts, and whether or not these experts
have made campaign contributions to the Republican Party or the Democratic
Party is not an issue,'' department spokeswoman Jeanne Lopatto said
``The Secretary of Energy regularly meets with people in the energy field; that is his job that is something we have done from day one,'' Lopatto added.
The close working relationship between industry and Secretary Spencer Abraham and his top aides is spelled out in 11,000 pages of heavily edited documents released by court order this week.
Abraham's meeting schedules and the e-mail traffic of his busy aides reflect a department inundated with requests.
``After talking with you yesterday, the last thing you need is another issue to deal with,'' said an e-mail to Abraham's top adviser from someone at Southern Co., the biggest electric power provider in the Southeast.
In his first month in office, Abraham reached out to nearly every corner of the industry - meeting with lobbyists and CEOs representing electricity, oil, natural gas and coal interests. Meetings with CEOs of BP Amoco, Chevron-Texaco, Shell and El Paso Energy were on Abraham's list.
Lending a special air of urgency to Abraham's new job was the work of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force to which the energy secretary belonged.
Utilities like Southern were urging reform of an Environmental Protection Agency program then being used to force utilities and refineries to spend billions of dollars on anti-pollution equipment.
Earlier this month, EPA Administrator Christie Whitman suggested in testimony before Congress that utilities await the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the ``New Source Review'' program before committing to cleanups.
Southern gave $1.8 million to Republicans from 1999 to the present, according to the Center for Public Integrity, compared with $630,000 to Democrats. Southern also provided $100,000 for Bush's inauguration.
In connection with the energy plan, Abraham met with representatives of at least 20 energy corporations and trade associations that gave more than $3 million to Republicans from 1999 through 2001. Democrats received at least $1.1 million from the same sources in the same period.
Laying out a proposal that Bush adopted as his own two months later, the American Petroleum Institute last March suggested to the Energy Department that the president issue an executive order requiring federal officials to formally consider the impact on energy supplies before issuing regulations.
Petroleum Institute spokesman Mike Shanahan said the group's proposal grew out of the oil industry's concern that the government was not adhering to existing law. According to Shanahan, the industry spoke to Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., author of the National Environmental Policy Act, and that Dingell said the government was supposed to be assessing the impact of rule making on energy.
Abraham's schedule in the months leading up to the task force's report includes many contacts with energy industry heavyweights. The energy plan was announced last May.
A phone call with Exxon-Mobil chairman Lee Raymond on April 25 was followed by a meeting with coal producers, senior Bush political adviser Karl Rove and a White House political aide. One of the agenda items for the meeting: ``Energy Politics.''
The Energy Department says it has done its best to reach out in a number of directions.
Lopatto said officials made several attempts to reach out to environmental groups, but that in many cases ``we came up with people who really didn't want to cooperate with us and they said, `check our Web site.''
WHOLESOME EDUCATION AND ENERGY INFORMATION SYSTEMS have solved all the above issues - from identifying new and almost Free Energy Systems to identifying Behavioral Causes from Behavioral Products, including behavior shaping, and the creation of terror and terrorists. Low Self Esteem - greed, power, narcissism - and Poverty are closely tied to New Energy Systems Suppression and the Skewing of Scientific Information.
We now know that FUNDING guides ALL scientific research, including psychological.
THIS SKEWING OF ENERGY AND EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS OUT OF FOCUS CAN BE LETHAL
IT IS TIME TO SCREEM DOLLARS FOR LIFE
What happened to the 5 year LOW SELF ESTEEM STUDY by Senator Vasconcellos?
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATION - CHILDREN ARRESTED FOR MOB ACTION
By Rick Hepp and Jill Blackman Chicago Tribune staff reporters Published April 4, 2002, 4:31 PM CST
Chicago police and public school security are posting
extra personnel to two Far South Side elementary schools after at least
18 children at one school were injured today when they were attacked
by about 20 youngsters armed with bats and sticks from another, authorities
Thirteen youths were taken to nearby hospitals, and five
more were treated at the scene, according to Chicago Public School officials.
KIDS AMBUSHING KIDS,
KIDS KILLING FOR KICKS WITH STICKS,
MOMS THROWING BABIES IN GARBAGE CANS,
MOM TRADING BABY FOR
WHO DONE IT? Could part of the causal factors be attributed to: Commercials that portray us, The Consumer, as possessing less than human intelligence?
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December 19, 2002