Archive: 04/2017

Climate Change Experts to Address Warren Buffett on Fossil Fuel Divestment Proposal

Three nationally prominent climate scientists will attend the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Meeting Saturday May 6 to urge the company’s divestment of its fossil fuel holdings. Dr. Michael Mann, Dr. Richard Somerville and Retired Rear Admiral David Titley will each take a turn at the microphone to speak in support of the Nebraska Peace Foundation shareholder proposal calling for Berkshire Hathaway to completely divest from fossil fuels over the next twelve years.

“We are honored that three such eminent climate scientists have volunteered to come to the 2017 Shareholder Meeting to directly address Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Bill Gates and the other Berkshire Hathaway board members about the growing peril of climate change,” said Loyal Park, Nebraska Peace Foundation president. “The science clearly states that, to avert the worst effects of climate disruption, we must begin reducing our carbon emissions, starting today. Continued investment in fossil fuels—in coal, in oil, in natural gas and in tar sands—will make it all but impossible to keep global temperatures from rising above 2 degrees Celsius, jeopardizing any chance we have to limit the destruction and chaos of climate change. We have no choice but to start winding down our fossil fuel use now and invest full bore in clean energy sources like wind and solar.”

In its statement urging a vote against the divestment proposal, the Berkshire Hathaway board of directors declared that the company “should not limit its universe of potential investments based upon complex social and moral issues.” That the Berkshire Hathaway board would take such a narrow view on climate change, Mr. Park said, tells the Nebraska Peace Foundation that the company’s directors haven’t yet grasped the overarching threat global warming poses economically and environmentally—let alone the social and moral implications.

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Climate Change as Genocide Inaction Equals Annihilation

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Do African Famines Presage Global Climate-Change Catastrophe?
Posted by Michael Klare at 8:19am, April 20, 2017.
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There are the terrorists, who get attention out of all proportion to their actual clout, and then there are those with big-time clout -- I think of them as the terrarists -- who get almost no attention at all. Back in May 2013, I came up with that term and here’s how I described those I thought it should apply to:

“We have a word for the conscious slaughter of a racial or ethnic group: genocide. And one for the conscious destruction of aspects of the environment: ecocide. But we don’t have a word for the conscious act of destroying the planet we live on, the world as humanity had known it until, historically speaking, late last night. A possibility might be ‘terracide’ from the Latin word for earth. It has the right ring, given its similarity to the commonplace danger word of our era: terrorist.

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NFP Statement on U.S. Acts of Aggression

The United States movement toward what in any other time would be understood to be acts of war, in the destruction of the lives and property of members of sovereign nations, is not satisfactory. In recent days, we have had two acts of aggression, one the rocket bombing of Syria and the other the MOAB bombing of Afghanistan, without an invocation of the War Powers Act or a declaration of war. Presently, Mr. Trump is threatening to do “something about” North Korea without a public discussion or congressional action.

If our nation is to expect lawful behavior of its citizens, it must expect to obey is own constitution and international law. This implies action in conformity with the U. S. Constitution and the charter of the United Nations. Attacks on sovereign nations without lawful and visibly constitutional action prior, to give sanction to the attacks, no matter how nobly motivated supposedly these attacks are, take us outside of U.S. and international law and make us a nation of brute force rather than of laws. Please write to or call our leaders on this matter.

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The Death of the American Heart

by Mary Pipher

Our country has a long history of religious tolerance and sanctuary for the downtrodden from all over the world. However, we also have a long, sad history of demonizing the other. This moment in time is in keeping with the worst of our nativist traditions. Currently, there are over 65 million displaced people globally, including four million Syrians. While most of these refugees are in crowded camps, some countries have absorbed hundreds of thousands of refugees. Meanwhile, in America we have not been doing our share.

Under President Trump’s Executive Order, issued January 27, we would welcome no one. At the moment there is a stay on this order, however President Trump will soon issue a new order. This will mean family members will not be reunited and people whose lives are at risk will be abandoned in dangerous places. Already we are seeing massive deportations of asylum seekers and immigrant workers.

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Latest Edition of the Nebraska Report Available to Download

The Mar/Apr 2017 Nebraska Report is now available to Download. Click HERE to read the lastest edition!

AMERICA'S CEO 

by Sally Herrin

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