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February 6, 2009
Sinking economy sidelines environmental priorities

You may be breathing in more of this.

A recent poll shows that economic concerns have taken priority above the environment, a response to the economic crisis being faced around the globe.

Madhusudan Katti of the “Reconciliation Ecology” blog asks why the environment has to take a back seat:

Must the environment always come last in a tanking economy? […] That does seem to be a correlation, doesn’t it? Short-term economic concerns always trump longer-term environmental ones, especially in an economic downturn. Well, I’m not entirely convinced of this argument, although there is the oft-mentioned correlation between poverty and endangered biodiversity, especially of the third-world variety. Poor people may be forced to put survival ahead of the environment or endangered species on occasion, but they may also have a greater vested interest in taking care of their immediate environment because their lives are more vulnerable to fluctuations therein.

Despite immediate economic demands, the environment has not completely fallen off as an issue.

China’s 4 trillion yuan economic stimulus package also includes a “green stimulus” — 11 billion yuan for environmental protection projects. Alex Wang of “Switchboard” writes:

The commitment of an explicit portion of the stimulus to environmental is very good news, and it’s an important signal that China continues to give this priority. However, we still don’t have details on the green aspects of the stimulus, and are looking forward to seeing the NDRC’s announcement on spending details.  We do note that the stock market reaction, though, has been favorable in the energy intensive, high-pollution industries, such as steel, cement, petroleum and chemicals. […] We’re looking for signs that the stimulus will have similar impact on green industries.

Michael Northrop and David Sassoon of “environment360” write that President Obama must lead the world in environmental concerns at December’s Copenhagen conference and suggest a pairing of economic and environmental interests:

For almost a decade, Americans have been purposefully led astray about the reality of global warming and about the positive relationship that exists between sustainable economic prosperity and environmental stewardship. The new president must use the bully pulpit of his office to provide quick and remedial education. […] As the global economy starts to rise from collapse, it must do so with a price on carbon as part of its cure.

In a recent interview Cándido Gryzbowski intrinsically links the economic concerns with their environmental effects. He writes about the economic crisis in Brazil:

This began more visibly with the environmental crisis, then the food and energy crisis, and finally the financial crisis, which is now making deep inroads into the real economy.

Leslie Thatcher at “Truthout” translates a “Le Monde” interview with British scientist Leslie McGlade, “Think of the Economy as a Subsidiary of the Environment.”

The economy must be thought of as 100 percent subsidiary of the environment an the price we attribute to things re-evaluated. If we take into account the true cost of the water and carburants necessary to manufacture the transport of goods, we will note that moving them around the world – and even within Europe – as we do, is very expensive.

Like Grzybowski, Thatcher sees economic reconstruction as an opportunity for productive cultural change, a vision in which President Obama’s potential “New Green Deal” stimulus won’t suffice.

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I wonder if there is an excessive amount of pessimism about the economy and the job loss. Without a doubt the economy is in a very tenuous position but isn’t now the time to believe in our inherent ability to overcome, survive, and thrive?

Instead of wasting too much time figuring out where blame lies (analysis of past mistakes is necessary to a degree) lets spend time developing solutions for ourselves and perhaps more help the people around us.

Now is a time to tighten our belts and push forward believing in our inherent ability to succeed.



Tom Daschle, and Nancy Killefer are two of the finest, and most competent public servants you could possibly hope for in these appointments. They have been assassinated by the Washington healthcare lobby through their paid Bush Republican henchmen in congress. These Bush republicans are the same people blocking the economic recovery plan put forth by the Obama administration.

I am BURNING MAD America. And you should be too. Tome Daschle and Nancy Killefer were exactly what we needed to help turn this country around and fix our economy, and catastrophic healthcare crisis.

If I were their boss I would tell them to get right back to Washington. And dare congress to not approve them. How ridiculous is it to reject highly qualified people that this country needs just because they made a mistake on their taxes. Don’t stand for that anymore America. They apologized, and paid their taxes, and that should be it. Their country needs them. But President Obama has to do what he thinks is best. I understand that. I’M JUST SO MAD at the anti American Bush Republicans.

Like many of you I have been trying to enjoy the after glow of this Beautiful historic election. But I see that the republicans in congress and their cohorts aren’t going to be good sports, and LOSER’S!


In spite of President Obama’s repeated offers, and gestures of collegiality to Republicans. Bush Republicans have seized upon every opportunity to stab President Obama in the back. And by doing so they are stabbing you, and the rest of the American people in the back. Well, you don’t have to put up with that. And you shouldn’t put up with that. President Obama has only been on the job two weeks. And he inherited two wars, and the worst economy since the great depression.

We had an election. And president Obama, and the democrats won BIG. And Bush Republicans lost miserably!

The Bush Republicans are the ones responsible for the worst economic crisis since the great depression. And the Bush Republicans are responsible for the worst healthcare crisis in American history. A healthcare crisis that is killing hundreds of thousands of you every year. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Insured, and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies.

President Obama, and the Democrats should take back all the concessions they granted the Bush Republicans, and tell them to put up! or shut up!

Everyone, start calling and contacting these Bush Republicans and tell them to stop blocking President Obama, and the Democrats recovery plan. And stop trying to block, and corrupt healthcare reform. Tell them to get on board with President Obama and the Democrats, or GET OUT!!

If these Bush Republicans refuse to cooperate I want all of you to immediately begin the process of removing them from office by every legal means possible. Including impeachment, and recall. I want you to bring the full weight and power of the movement down on their heads that swept President Obama, and the Democrats into control of the whitehouse, and congress. Take no prisoners. Use all the techniques you learned over this past historic election. Be flexible, creative, adaptable, and relentless like you were in the past.

To my cyber warriors I call on you again. You are among the best and the brightest. I call on you to move this fight from the cyber world to the living rooms, dens, and work places of the voters these Bush Republicans misrepresent. I know I can count on you. This is a fight worth fighting.

To my fellow World citizens. As an American I invite, and welcome you and your advise, input, and help. By delaying Americas recovery, and healthcare reform, these Bush Republicans are delaying our commitment to your recovery, and to being the better America for you that we aspire too.

I had hoped it would not come to this after our historic election. I had hoped that the Bush Republicans would respect the overpowering will of the people, and the World. But I guess not. All the Bush Republicans really care about is them-selves. Well, SO BE IT! Lets finish the job.


jacksmith — Working Class :-)

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