Climate profiteers salivate over money to be made from “going green”

How Capitalism will save the planet it is destroying.  After all, US money is green too.

There’s big bucks in going green, business leaders say

By Maria Caspani, Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation – 23 Sep 2014

In a 2009 file photo, a general view of the new PS20 solar plant at “Solucar” solar park in Sanlucar La Mayor, near Seville. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – There’s money to be made by going green.

So say business leaders and politicians who pressed the economic case for urgent action to fight climate change at events across New York City ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, which opens on Tuesday.

“Climate change is the biggest problem in this world but also one of the most exciting opportunities,” Virgin chairman Richard Branson said at the Morgan Library during a panel discussion addressing the role of business in society. “If business leaders realise how exciting it is, they’ll see there’s actually an opportunity here.”

Switching the business focus from old, dirty resources to renewable, eco-friendly solutions is a matter of profit, Unilever CEO Paul Polman said at the forum.

Ignoring the problem and doing nothing is “exceeding the cost of taking action,” Polman added, noting that inaction on climate change would wipe out profits to be made in the food sector in the next 50 years.

Pointing to the hundreds of thousands of people who marched in New York and cities around the world to demand urgent action on climate change, U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson said that the business community now has to maintain that popular momentum.

“Sustainability has to stop being viewed as a corporate responsibility issue” and become a core part of business operations, she said.

Their comments came as We Mean Business - a coalition of organisations working with thousands of businesses and investors around the world – released a report detailing the financial returns of switching to cleaner technologies.

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The Billion Dollar Myths about GE Crops

Biotech companies flood the media with pro-GMO images. Monsanto alone spends more than $100 million on advertising and the industry as a whole spends billions on lobbying, buying ballots and votes, and other propaganda. It’s no wonder that Michael Specter of The New Yorker got it all wrong.

The Center for Food Safety took a close look that the myths Specter’s article, Seeds of Doubt, presented as fact, debunking them one by one.

Photo: Center for Food Safety

Photo: Center for Food Safety

Debunking Popular Myths about GE Crops Portrayed in the Media
By Debbie Barker, International Programs Director, Center for Food Safety, September 19th, 2014

The recent article, “Seeds of Doubt,” in the August 25, 2014 issue of The New Yorker by Michael Specter echoes common myths about genetically engineered (GE) crops and omits legitimate scientific critiques of the technology. The resulting article fails to deliver the high level of integrity and journalism that is expected of The New Yorker.

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Rather than fully examining important scientific literature on genetic engineering, the author reasserts some of the most common—and most debunked—myths about the technology. Here are a few of the myths that The New Yorker perpetuated:

Myth: Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops are a Solution to Hunger and Malnutrition—After spending hundreds of millions of dollars and over 30 years of research, the promises that GE crops would feed the world and provide enhanced nutrition have failed.

Myth: GE Crops Use Fewer and Safer Chemicals—Instead, GE crops have increased overall usage of pesticides by hundreds of millions of pounds, and next generation GE crops will further increase pesticide usage of even stronger, more toxic herbicides such as 2,4-D and dicamba.

Myth: GE Crops Increase Yields—Research has demonstrated that herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans in the U.S. have shown no yield increases. Yield increases seen in Bt crops, including The New Yorker article’s citation of yield increases for Bt cotton in India, are primarily due to conventional breeding or other factors, not genetic engineering.

Read the rest of Barker’s critique here.

 

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Flood Wall Street Shuts Down Broadway, Over 100 Arrested

The polar bear set free early this morning after being arrested at Flood Wall Street! From #FloodWallStreet twitter.

A polar bear set free early this morning after being arrested at Flood Wall Street! From #FloodWallStreet Twitter feed.

Yesterday, thousands of protesters wearing blue sparked a national conversation about the role of corporate power in climate politics when they shut down portions of lower Broadway. Following the Stock Exchange closing bell, an estimated 100 people were arrested by the NYPD in the Flood Wall Street action which was organized to hold corporations and banks accountable for their role in creating the climate crisis. Support the bail and legal fund by clicking here.

This Gothamist article provides a decent account, although it suggests that pepper spray is a one of the “softer means” of crowd control, which is patently false (whatever “softer means” are anyway).

Photos: Over 100 Arrested After Flood Wall Street Shuts Down Broadway
By Christopher Robbins. The Gothamist. September 23, 2014.

Several thousand climate protesters shut down a 10-block stretch of lower Broadway yesterday for nearly seven hours as part of the Flood Wall Street actions, which culminated in the arrests of 102 demonstrators.

Those arrests occurred at around 7 p.m., long after organizers had planned on surrounding the Charging Bull statute on Broadway. During similar demonstrations under the Bloomberg administration, protesters could count on being detained by the NYPD minutes, if not seconds after stepping into the road and blocking traffic (or for doing nothing at all).

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More photos from our correspondents at Flood Wall Street actions

These photos were taken late this afternoon, early this evening, 22 September, 2014 in New York City at Flood Wall Street

Pepper Spray at the Wall Street Barricades- photo by Ruddy Turnstone

Pepper Spray at the Wall Street Barricades- photo by Ruddy Turnstone

 

From the barricades at Wall Street-  Photo by Ruddy Turnstone

From the barricades at Wall Street- Photo by Ruddy Turnstone

 

Occupation still standing strong on Wall Street and Broadway- Photo by Ruddy Turnstone

Occupation still standing strong on Wall Street and Broadway- Photo by Ruddy Turnstone

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Breaking: Pepper Spray at Flood Wall Street Direct Action

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Pepper spray flying as protesters march toward Wall Street.  Cops form barricade.

For up to the second updates and photos from the actions at Flood Wall Street, check out their twitter feed: https://twitter.com/hashtag/FloodWallStreet?src=tren

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The Real News asks people “What are the demands of the Climate March”

The Real News takes to the streets of New York and asks “what do you think?” Stunning.

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Climate: UN “Worse Than Useless” — Activists Take to Wall Street

MSNBC reports: “After historic climate march, supporters flood to Wall Street.” There is reportedly a massive police presence in downtown Manhattan, including Battery Park, where activists are now gathering. Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street protests began, has been sealed off.


 

MICHAEL PREMO, mpremo@gmail.com
An organizer with #FloodWallStreet, Premo is quoted by MSNBC: “Runaway climate change and extreme weather events, such as the extreme flooding that we saw here in New York City with Hurricane Sandy, are fueled by the fossil fuel industry. We are flooding Wall Street because we know that there’s no greater cause of runaway climate change than an economic system that puts profit before people – and before the planet.”

KEVIN ZEESE, kbzeese@gmail.com@KBZeese
Zeese is an organizer of PopularResistance.org. He recently appeared on The Real News on the climate protests.

ANNE PETERMANN, globalecology@gmavt.net
Executive director of the Global Justice Ecology Project, which just released the report “Green Shock Doctrine” and runs the climate-connections.org blog, Peterman said today: “Yesterday’s march brought together a diverse mix of constituencies from anti-capitalists to Indigenous Peoples to representatives from communities impacted by climate change both in the U.S. and around the world. Each had their own set of demands, but the overarching theme was the need to build power from the grassroots and stop relying on governments and the UN to do this for us. Today hundreds to possibly a few thousand of these folks will be taking part in the Flood Wall Street direct action to bring attention to the real culprits of climate change, and to expose the corporate capture of the UN.”Peterman recently wrote the piece: “Confronting Climate Catastrophe: Direct Action is the Antidote for Despair: Or, Why the UN is Worse than Useless and we need to Flood Wall Street!

PAUL QUINTOS, pquintos@iboninternational.org
Currently in New York City, Lauron and Quintos are with the Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change. See their most recent statement: “400,000-strong People’s Climate March on eve of summit.”Quintos notes that the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. He also states that it’s one of the most dangerous places for human rights defenders. He notes that the U.S. military tried to use typhoon Haiyan to re-establish U.S. military bases in the Philippines.

 

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

And here’s video:

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Today! Flood Wall Street

MonopolyFlood Wall Street is starting momentarily! If you are in the NYC area, get to Battery Park! If not, it looks like they’ve set up a Live Stream!

http://new.livestream.com/JamesFromTheInternet/events/3416732

You can also follow it on Twitter and find other sources on their website.

Finally, here’s an article from this weekend by one of the organizers:

Climate change is war – and Wall Street is winning
By Nathan Schneider. September 20, 2014. Aljazeera America.

Among the most iconic images to emerge from Hurricane Sandy’s assault on the Eastern Seaboard in 2012 were those of the Goldman Sachs building lit up like a torch by its own generator while a blackout left the rest of lower Manhattan in the dark. This proved a sign of things to come: Within days, the financial district was back to work, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg seemed far slower to notice what had befallen other areas of the city. He sought to go through with the annual New York Marathon just a week after the storm, until residents and runners rallied to inform him that coastal neighborhoods of his city had been devastated.

This weekend New York will host the largest climate-related march in history, with 100,000 people expected to take the streets on Sunday to call for meaningful action to come from the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday. The march boasts more than a thousand sponsoring organizations and has been aggressively publicized with subway advertisements and a documentary film. It could be a decisive moment to rally support for policies that will keep our planet habitable. But we need more than a festive march. That’s why the next day in the financial district, not far from where Goldman Sachs lit up the post-Sandy night, I’m helping organize a smaller action: Flood Wall Street.

Read the whole article here!

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