Archive for June, 2012


“And it does not do any good to cite large ambitious promises many years out, and then behind the scenes to say ‘we’re not
going to talk about how they’re going to be fulfilled.” Jeffrey Sachs, the
Columbia University economist and special adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.



This seems to be an appropriate summation of Rio+20

The US economy


“In the current political environment the Fed is the only actor with a role. Even if there
wasn’t a presidential election looming, Congress would still be deadlocked and
neither Democratic nor Republican plans stand a chance of being turned into
reality. The Fed could print more money (or the modern equivalent) but that
would be hugely politically controversial. The bottom line is it’s not doing
much, but it’s the only one doing anything to prop up a faltering recovery.”

Analysis Mark Mardell North America editor, BBC News


It appears that the US Congress would rather fight each
other than look after the welfare of the people.

24 Policies to End the Earth Emergency

By Stephen Leahy


“Ecologically ignorant policies are largely responsible for the interlinked crises that are unraveling the planet’s life support system.”

Sounds like something I can agree with and further:

“On the other hand bad government policies allow 3,000 of the world’s biggest corporations to escape more than 2.2 trillion dollars in annual costs through their impacts on the natural environment, according to the U.N. Environment Programme.”

Plus and to the point: 

“If those companies had to account for those costs as they should, few would be profitable,” von Uexkull said.  WFC (World Future Council) Founder Jakob von Uexkull

It is not so much that many, many people are not aware of the problems, it is more that Multi-nationals put profit before care of Gaia and profit before concern for public welfare.  Most of us are powerless to effectively oppose their policies no matter how harmful they are to Gaia.  We are governed by an oligarchy:  “government by the few, especially despotic power exercised by a small and privileged group for corrupt or selfish purposes.”